History

The Heernett Environmental Foundation (HEF) has a new name, we are now known as Creekside Conservancy.

The HEF goal of long-term protection for local resources started in the mid 80’s when the founders, Manfred Nettek and Gabriele N. Heertje purchased several large tracks of land from regional timber companies in an effort to prevent the headwaters of Scatter Creek from being developed.

By the mid 90’s Manfred and Gabriele realized that they needed to create a foundation with our own mission & goals as there were few local organizations in the region who could fulfill the founders goal of sustainability through protection & education.  Creekside Conservancy’s parent organization, the Heernett Environmental Foundation (HEF), was officially established in 1995 ~ originally composed of approximately 750 acres of forest, wetlands, & several miles streams, & Scatter Creek headwater systems just east of the City of Tenino, WA.

From these beginnings we continue to work diligently on a multi-track platform of conservation/protection, wildlife enhancement/re-introduction, restoration, community outreach and education.

Creekside Conservancy Milestones by Year

2011:
•Acquired 30 acre Mills property
•Continued annual Cozy Valley temperature monitoring
•Continued planting and monitoring of newly established riparian area
•Continued outreach and education programs throughout the Chehalis
2010:
•Funded for new 30 acre acquisition of the Mills property
•Continued annual Cozy Valley temperature monitoring
•Continued planting and monitoring of newly established riparian area
•Continued outreach and education programs throughout the Chehalis
2009:
•Held our first annual Benefit Concert for HEF
•Planted an additional 1500 trees for a new mitigation site in Cozy Valley
2008:
•Awarded Washington State Wildlife Steward of the year for 2008
•Installed a new 25ft concrete bridge crossing over Crawford Creek
•Assisted the City of Tenino with two grants to acquire 12 additional forested acres for their city park
2007:
•Purchased/protected 80 acres of the 85 acre historic Sampson Farm in Cozy Valley
•Awarded Thurston County’s Wildlife Steward of the year for 2007
2006:
•Installed over 5000 trees along Cozy Valley Creek
2005:
•Prep work for Phase II Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
•In stream construction for Phase II Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
•Installed over 100 15 ft trees along both Cozy Valley Creek stream channels
•Installed over 10 25ft snags along both Cozy Valley Creek stream channels
2004:
•Phase III Riparian planting for Cozy Valley Pond Enhancement Project
•Completed Cozy Valley Pond Enhancement Project
•Prep work for Phase II Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
2003:
•Phase II Riparian planting for Cozy Valley Creek and Pond Enhancement projects
•Completed Phase I Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
2002:
•Prep work for Riparian planting for Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
•Prep work for Riparian planting for Cozy Valley Pond Enhancement
•Phase I Riparian planting for Cozy Valley Creek and Pond Enhancement projects
2001:
•Prep work for Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
•Prep work for Cozy Valley Pond Enhancement Project
•In stream construction for Cozy Valley Creek Enhancement Project
•In stream construction for Cozy Valley Pond Enhancement Project
2000:
•Collapsed earthen bridge in Crawford Creek Tributary
•Crawford Creek Tributary culvert under access road
•West Crawford Creek Tributary culvert removal
•Replacement of culvert under access road
1999:
•Mill Pond access road reactivation
•Scatter Creek headwater enhancements
•Native plant salvage and planting near Scatter Cree stream bank stabilization project
•Culvert replacement and monitoring
•Scatter Creek headwater assessment and monitoring

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