Community Service: Gratitude & Giving Back

Self-Appointed Land Guardianship

Healing Through Nature offers different forms of Community Service, including self-appointed guardianship of specific Lands, where the public services do not or will not remove hazardous items* that pose a threat to the Land or wildlife.

Healing Through Nature engages only by Invitation from the Land, and in Service, in acknowledgement of the elemental ethics of peace, love, and healing.

Healing Through Nature, as a spiritual intermediary with the Land, removes hazardous items per request of the Land, in reciprocal relationship.


Guardianship: Definition

Webster's Dictionary:  GUARDIAN |ˈgärdēən|.  noun:  1. a defender, protector, or keeper: self-appointed guardians of public.....  2. a person who looks after and is legally responsible for someone who is unable to manage their own affairs. 3.  the superior of a Franciscan convent.  DERIVATIVES:  guardianship |-ˌSHip| noun.  ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French garden, of Germanic origin.


Community Service:  Land Areas

  • ENGLISH BOOM URBAN FOREST: cedar-fir-hemlock forest that rises from the salmon/bird estuaries below, managed by the County; we clean up the area that is the car pull-off above the urban forest and estuaries below; we also protect the Eagle Nest from fire-works during July 4th, and other events through awareness of the nest.
  • STILLAGUAMISH RIVER: from the Ocean-mouth of the River, and an approximate quarter mile stretch up-river, via canoe.  We pick-up garbage, and also talk with local fishermen who care about the moratoriums on fishes, and illegal poaching.
  • MOUNT BAKER:  MOTHER MOUNTAIN OF THE REGION/ YEAR-ROUND GLACIERS WITH MANY LAKES AND RIVERS/TRIBUTARIES.  We clean up garbage dumped by tributaries which threaten the ecosystems of the rivers.

Recent Garbage Removal Projects:

November 2017 : River Clean-up/ garbage collection via canoe. From the mouth of river at the ocean, upriver to first boat launch. Stillaguamish River.

October 2017:  Beach on Camano Island, near English Boom.  Picked-up small pieces of colored plastic, which can be inhaled by birds/wildlife, along the beach -- where the shallow-grasses in the water had also been sprayed by the Dept. of agriculture.  Since the spray, no signs of sanderlings, or a species of gulls that was previously feeding in the area.

September 2017:  Mount Baker:  Garbage dumped off-road by pristine tributary/small river, from the Lake south east of Concrete.  Garbage removed included dead animals in garbage bags, large plastic bags and food trays near flowing water of tributary, and miscellaneous bottles/cans.

September 2017.  English Boom Urban Forest: Approximately 30 large, dead poisoned wild rats dumped atop urban forest of English Boom, only 200 feet from the large Eagle's nest, where two adolescent eagles recently were raised. Above salmon estuaries. County could not immediately remove dead rats or contaminated garbage, due to holiday weekend. This posed an immediate threat to  Eagles, during this time of draught and fire.  Dead rats were removed, with identification of rats as wild by CASA (501c3)  local animal shelter for pets.

August 2017:  Stillaguamish River:  Fishing line was removed with hooks from launch area to the River.  Second fishing line was located on ground of parking lot.  Birds and seals get caught in fishing line.  Only a couple hundred feet from Eagle nest, twenty feet from River.

August 2017.  Stillaguamish River: While canoeing, two young persons who left the scene immediately left a syringe and long-needle on the open launch area for boats.  Syringe was taken to the medical clinic for proper disposal of unknown contents.