Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society

Outreach | Education | Preservation

Oak Harbor, WA

Mission

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society is committed to the stewardship of Garry Oak Trees on Whidbey Island through outreach, education, and preservation.

Ruling Year

2016

President

Laura Renninger

Vice President

Brad Gluth

Main Address

PO Box 1564

Oak Harbor, WA 98277 USA

Keywords

Conservation, Habitat Restoration, Forestry, Education, Community Beautification, Tree Planting, Reforestation, Oak Trees

EIN

81-1488711

 Number

3144633230

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

The Garry oak has been the namesake of Oak Harbor since 1851, but never in our history has the need for replanting been so critical. Historical records show that years of development and harvesting have dramatically reduced Garry oak habitat by up to 98% and suppressed the regenerative cycle of the tree. In Oak Harbor, only 3% of existing Garry oaks are juvenile. This means we must plant more Garry oaks in our community that will grow to take the place of our aging trees. If we don't, we risk the continued loss of the Garry oak canopy that makes our community beautifully unique and ecologically vibrant.

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Our programs

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Garry Oak Preservation

Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration

Community Outreach

Community Education

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of organizational partners

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General/Unspecified

Related program

Garry Oak Preservation

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We aim to partner with as many stakeholder organizations as possible to increase the effectiveness of our work.

Number of unique website visitors

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General/Unspecified

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Community Outreach

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our website was launched in early 2016 and provides a wealth of educational information on Garry oaks. We continue to add new content to our greatly expanded and rebranded version 2.0 website.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

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Community Education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our in-person educational offerings directly focus on partnering with local schools to teach future generations about the Garry oak and why it is important for our community to preserve it.

Number of trees inventoried during the Sound Oaks Initiative

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Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Garry Oak Preservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Garry oak tree inventory in the North Puget Sound region of Washington State.

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society comprehensively addresses the need for Garry oak conservation from three different angles - educating the young and old about the Garry oak, performing crucial outreach and research, and preserving the oak by planting hundreds of Garry acorns and seedlings and associated ecosystem plants. By accomplishing great progress in each of these three functional areas, we can ensure a lasting legacy of the Garry oak in our community for generations to come.

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society (OHGOS) is a nonprofit, grassroots organization consisting of volunteers and community leaders concerned about the future of the Garry oak on Whidbey Island. Through valuable partnerships with a wide range of community organizations, public entities, and private citizens, we are raising the community's consciousness of this iconic tree by planting and protecting Garry oaks for future generations. Founded in 2015, we have ambitiously accomplished a significant amount in just a short time. Hundreds of acorns and seedlings have so far been planted. OHGOS always aims for win-win scenarios in every aspect of our work. We strive to be an important, respected resource for our community.

The Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society was founded in 2015, and since then we have worked to form valuable partnerships with many landowners and stakeholders on Whidbey Island. Through these partnerships, we have been able to conserve the Garry oak by planting and protecting many acres of Garry oak tree habitat. Through research and first hand experience we have developed a planting process that ensures a high degree of tree survivability to further our success. Our group is growing rapidly and as we add more volunteers and continue to fundraise we will expand our programs and offerings to the community. Our Board of Directors brings together skilled, well connected individuals that provide an amazing amount of support and guidance to our group, and our volunteers are the heart of the organization. We have volunteers growing local Garry oak seedlings for outplanting in the community. Our very unique and successful fundraising efforts, which involve selling wood craft items made from sustainably collected Garry oak wood, has been a blessing and has allowed us to further expand our community program offerings.

Progress and success is measured in each of our functional areas - outreach, education and preservation. Outreach progress is measured by the number of people we reach through presentations, event information booths, and visitors our website. Education progress is measured by the number, geographic availability, and age targets of our Garry oak educational offerings. Preservation progress is measured by the number of new Garry oak trees planted, the number of existing Garry oak trees preserved from harm, and the number of acres of existing Garry oak habitats that are restored to once again become functioning, healthy habitats.

In only a short amount of time we have accomplished so much! Through strong community partnerships we have accomplished more to benefit the Garry oak in our community than has been done in over 150 years. Hundreds of new Garry oaks have been planted, acres of new habitat has been created, and thousands of people have learned about the Garry Oak and why it's so important to conserve. We look forward to continuing our momentum by expanding our Garry planting program with ambitious projects that will add many more acres of Garry oak habitat to Whidbey Island. We aim to have the Garry oak incorporated into the Oak Harbor Public Schools curriculum to teach future generations about the Garry oak trees. We will continue to maintain the Oak Harbor Post Office Native Plant Garden, the only native plant garden in Oak Harbor. Our goal is to continue to expand our membership and volunteer base so that we can increase services to our community.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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