What's your connection to the land?
I was always fascinated by the NW coastal forest. It was a dream for both of us to live in a place that had that forest, and to help it continue, and to help educate others about the preservation and conservation of that natural beauty.
What actions have you taken as a steward that you're most proud of and/or that you feel have made the biggest difference?
The rain garden, chain garden and the cistern. The change of the runoff from the roof instead of the "engineered runoff". The way the water was directed I felt was not the natural, best way to handle water in this environment. I felt that the traditional solution for high bluff properties was not good for the environment, does not mimic the way the land would absorb the water if it were more natural, and wanted to make changes to better mimic nature.
What’s your hope for the next 75 years? And/or what advice do you have for those next 75 years?
I hope that more people would use low impact development solutions for their homes and landscapes, especially those that directly impact the Puget Sound.
Anything else you want to share or feel is important?
I'm really thankful to the SCD for helping me implement those changes I wanted to make. SCD took care of the design and the paperwork - there was support all along the way. They were always there for me, especially Stacy and Derek. The cost-share reimbursement also helped.
Who are you?
- Name: Pilar Galup & Roman Fresnedo
- Where is home? Camano Island
- Where are you from? Uruguay, South America