Guest speakers of the evening were Janine Clayton, Forest Supervisor; Gary Loomis, renowned fishing expert and local resident; Paul Pearce, former Skamania County Commissioner and President of the National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition; and Dave Seesholtz, a retired Forest Service staffer who co-authored the Comprehensive Management Plan for the newly created Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in 1983.
“Event organizers, including representatives from Mount St. Helens Institute, Discover Your Northwest, USDA Forest Service, Excavator Rental Services and Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, were overwhelmed by the support of those in attendance,” said Casey Roeder, Executive Director of Skamania County Chamber of Commerce. “This was proven by their generosity that resulted in our fundraising goal being exceeded by 50 percent.”
Highlights of the auction included a half-day fishing trip with Gary Loomis and Jerry Sauer, a two-night Skamania Lodge package, two spaces in the newly-offered Crater View Climb by Mount St. Helens Institute and a specially-permitted quad ride for four in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest with Cougar Area Trail Seekers.
About the Pine Creek Partners
The Pine Creek Partners are a collaborative group of local organizations committed to keep the Pine Creek Information Station open and functioning. “The Mount St. Helens Institute is privileged to work with such great partners,” says Travis Southworth-Neumeyer, Executive Director. “Without this true coalition, the Pine Creek information Station would not the be the phenomenal success that it is.”
Since 2009, the Partners have organized annual clean-up parties, hosted community events such as Movie Nights, and shared in-kind and financial resources. The cooperative forces involved in this combined effort include: Cougar Area Trail Seekers (C.A.T.S.), Discover Your Northwest, Mount St. Helens Institute, North Country EMS, Skamania County, Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, Skamania Fire District 6, Skamania Sheriff’s Office, Swift Community Action Team, and the USDA Forest Service and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Power Up Pine Creek! is due to return next year – early May 2014. Keep your eye onwww.mshinstitute.org for updates.