Friends of Pierce County


September 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
City of Gig Harbor, 3510 Grandview Street, southeast entrance, Gig Harbor, WA

Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. If possible, please have a spokesperson for people with similar views.
Conditional Use Permit/Environmental Checklist: Ridgetop Golf Headquarters
Applications 886538, 886539
Applicant: Kalbrener, LLC
Planner: Andrew Van Gordon,
Request: Establish the headquarters for Ridgetop Golf, which will include a 6,000-square foot shop, a 10,000-square foot concrete pad, and a large gravel lay-down area. The proposal will be served by Washington Water, Peninsula Light, and on-site septic. The site is located in the Rural 10 (R10) zone classification within the Gig Harbor Community Plan area, at 3218 14th Avenue NW, Gig Harbor, in Council District #7.

Approval of Minutes
(September 12, 2018)
9 26 18 PAC Agenda


    2018 FALL WORKSHOPS            


Free Workshops - Advance registration required ~ or call (253) 573-2426

Please register for the wait list if a session is full.

You’ll be notified if there’s a cancellation or repeat session.


08 - 10:30 a.m.    Yard Waste & Worm Bin Composting

15 - 10:30 a.m.    Winter Harvest Plants + Cover Crops/ Mulch

22 - 10:30 a.m.    Harvesting and Preserving Squash

22 -   1:30 p.m.    Electric Vehicles: Why Now; What to Know

29 - 10:30 A.M.   Solatube Daylight Advantages & DIY Install



06 - 10:30 a.m.    Heat Pumps: Heating/AC, Water Heaters

13 - 10:30 a.m.    Healthy Houseplants: Choices and Care

20 - 10:30 a.m.    DIY Energy Audits & Simple Solutions

21 -   1:30 p.m.    Rain Barrels: How to Make & Maintain

27 - 10:30 a.m.    Pruning and Care of Landscape Trees



03 - 10:30 a.m.    Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees

03 -   1:30 p.m.    Prep for Feb: Fruit Trees and Mason Bees

10 - 10:30 a.m.    Holiday Wreath Making Demonstration

Workshop Location: City of Tacoma EnviroHouse 
Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (former Landfill) 
3510 S. Mullen St., 98409 (directions on EnviroHouse website)

EnviroHouse Public Hours: Wed.-Fri. 10-5; Sat.-Sun. 11-5


Hello All:

I had a busy week catching up on all the other business of the reserves, and want to send out a post event Thank You!

To everyone that pitched in preparing for and hosting last Saturday to make it a success…

Of course there are lots of things to improve on, but I’m just ecstatic that we pulled it off (and families came, etc).  We have the Kapowsin Half-Millennium birthday card displayed here at the office (thanks to Bob Walter for making it). Russ Blount is not in the photo because he held down the fort at the off-site parking in his field. Thanks Russ!

A few folks have emailed that we should schedule a work party.  I am not going to be the organizer this time – I have other events and project to focus on this summer, but maybe by September I will think about it. You can reply all to start a discussion on what needs to be done and who might want to do it, and when.

Also, a meeting to de-brief while we still remember,  and consider next steps was suggested; so I will test the waters of August to see if you will be here and can meet.

PLEASE reply if you are available all or any of these dates:  August 9, 16, or 23. I sent an email to the fire station inquiring about room availability.

Our invasive species team is available for loosestrife and yellow iris work at the lake on July 30-31 so I’ll be out there at that time.

Thanks again, it was really fun.

Birdie Davenport

Aquatic Reserves Program Manager

Aquatic Resources Division


Looking for all Pierce County wetlands

In Washington, the existing statewide wetland maps (National Wetlands Inventory [NWI] maps) are out of date and inaccurate in many locations. They are based on imagery and data from the 1980s and do not reflect current wetland location and extent.

Additionally, wetlands are missing from the NWI maps. These errors of omission have been recorded to be as high as 50% in some areas, and may be as high as 90% in some forested areas. Inaccuracies and errors of omission are due in part to the difficulty of photo-interpreting certain land cover types. Also, many wetlands on agricultural lands were not mapped.

The NWI classified wetlands to identify wetland habitat types. It lacks abiotic information such as landscape position, landform, and water flow path, which can be used to predict functions and, in combination with land uses, wetland condition. To complete this project, the University of Washington will use remote sensing data sources, such as LiDAR, high-resolution aerial imagery, Landsat imagery, digital elevation data, hydrography, and updated soil maps provide an opportunity to address these known shortcomings. Moreover, recent developments in automated remote sensing technologies allow for more efficient coverage of large areas.

An improved, statewide map of wetland location and type is critical to the ability of local governments to protect wetlands. Under the Growth Management and Shoreline Management Acts, local governments play a critical role in wetland protection and management. They do this through comprehensive planning, zoning, and permit review. Planners and permit reviewers rely on existing NWI maps for these processes. A few local jurisdictions have conducted their own wetland inventories and improved their maps, but these are limited due to lack of resources, and none have predicted functions and conditions of wetlands. This leaves many local governments with inadequate maps and information on local wetlands, and the state with uneven coverage.

This project will improve the ability to more efficiently and accurately identify the location, size, and type of wetland resource. available as a publicly accessible, web-based map. Information about the maps, and any analyses using the data, will be disseminated through articles and presentations to state and federal agencies, and local governments and planners.


From Pierce County: 

The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture is now posted on the Pierce County Farming website:  The Regulation Roadmap was developed to assist producers to identify possible permits and licenses needed to produce and sell farm products.  It also identifies the primary regulatory agencies dealing with farm products.



The Regulation Roadmap for Agriculture project is a partnership with the Agriculture Community of Interest, Pierce County Agriculture Program and Tacoma Pierce Health Department.



Diane Marcus-Jones  | Senior Planner | Pierce County Planning and Public Works| (253)798-2616 |

2401 South 35th Street, Room 175, Tacoma, WA, 98409-7490 |  |

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November 2, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Cochrane, 360.790.7958, 

Friends of Pierce County is a 501(c) non-profit organization. 

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