Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

This partnership allows SCD to give back to veterans in a whole new way. Not only does it offer professional and personal growth and development, this type of work also provides a type of therapy, eco-therapy.
— Cameron Coronado, SCD Community Conservation Project Coordinator

The WDVA has partnered with SCD to host a series of Veterans on staff through its Conservation Corps program. The VCC provides opportunities for Veterans to connect with nature in their own way while restoring Washington’s natural resources. This partnership has allowed SCD to not only give back to our communities through Low Impact Development projects, which help with water quality and quantity issues, but it also allows the District to give back to Veterans offering professional and personal development and growth. 

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Scott Moore

Respect and wonder for the intricacies of the natural world.
— Scott Moore's better ground reason

Scott’s experience and expertise in both stream restoration and nursery management have been invaluable resources for us. By generously allowing shared use of the County’s Native Plant Nursery, we’ve had the opportunity to sponsor our own conservation crew and to grow native plants for our own restoration projects. Both of these changes have increased our capacity to implement on-the-ground conservation projects, and neither would have been possible without Scott’s advocacy and help.

Scott Moore performing stream restoration observation from a boat.