Field Notes
Are You Prepared for Winter?
By Shaun Stauffer, PE, LEED© AP – Nov 4, 2011
The rains are here in the Pacific Northwest. Are you prepared? Rain and runoff can cause serious property damage if not properly controlled. While the following tips won’t protect you from heavy flooding, they will help you protect your property under normal conditions: Check that your roof...

Need Another Reason to Spend Time Outdoors?
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Nov 18, 2011
It is Saturday. What are you doing today? Are you getting outside to enjoy nature? In our natural resources fields of geology, biology, hydrology etc., we likely started our careers with a strong desire to be outside. I know this is true for me. I wanted to be a biologist because I liked to spend...

Being Grateful IS a Business Strategy
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Dec 8, 2011
It is the season where we sit back, reflect and give thanks for all the good things in our lives. Personally, I have much to be grateful for: family, friends, health and satisfying and challenging work. The other night I was surfing around and found an article from Fast Company, “Gratitude As a...

Still More Reasons to Get Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Dec 27, 2011
Last month I wrote a blog post about the advantages of spending time outdoors. In researching this topic further, I found diverse sources that tie even short amounts of time outdoors with improved health, learning ability, self-esteem, mood and thinking power: “The more high-tech we become,...

Facebook’s Farmville and a New Way to Plan and Fund Wetlands Restoration
By – Jan 19, 2012
What if Facebook games aren’t games at all? What if they are a mechanism for collaboration, design and funding restoration? GeekWire today posted an interesting, and potentially game-changing “game.”  University of Washington students have used the Facebook game Farmville to design...