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Fungi Everywhere!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This is a great slide show of various fungi/mushrooms.  At Earth Sanctuary we put Fungi Perfecti’s MycoGrow under all plants and trees that we plant to   promote fast plant and root growth and increase nutrient and water uptake.

Spirituality Meets Ecology at Earth Sanctuary

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

An article on Earth Sanctuary appears in the Summer 2011 issue of Northwest Dharma news.

West Pond in 1957

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Earth Sanctuary's West Pond - Constructed in 1957

Earth Sanctuary's West Pond - Constructed in 1957

Here is a photo showing the excavation and creation of the West Pond at Earth Sanctuary in 1957.  Newman Road is at the top of the photo.  Photo courtesy of Clayton L. and Kathryn E. Walton & family.

New Trees Planted

Monday, January 25th, 2010
We have just planted 200 new trees in the Earth Sanctuary arboretum.  Trees planted this year are: sibeian spruce, white spruce, sitka spruce, sequoia, white pine, ponderosa pine, grand fir, pacific silver fir, douglas fir, western red cedar, port orford cedar, redwood, black cottonwood, dawn redwood, western larch, and two palm trees. 
We selected these trees based on: a) the trees that survived the first year, b) drought resistence, and c) live at least 250 or 500+ years.  We planted the palm trees just in case!

Volunteer(s) Needed for Tree Watering

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Over the winter, over 1,100 trees were planted on the East side of Earth Sanctuary to create an arboretum. To help the trees make it through their first year, we need to water the new trees a few times this summer. If you would be willing to volunteer and help with this watering, please email Chuck at or call him at 360-331-6667. Thank you!

Earth Sanctuary Labyrinth – Before and After

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Earth Sanctuary Labyrinth Just After Placing Stone & Planting Salal

Earth Sanctuary Labyrinth Just After Placing Stone & Planting Salal

Earth Sanctuary Labyrinth in June 2009

Earth Sanctuary Labyrinth in June 2009

Beavers Are Eating the Cedars!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Below is what a Western Red Cedar looks like the morning after it has been eaten by a beaver!

Beavers love cedars!

Now, I am slowly but surely fencing the Western Red Cedars near the ponds.  It is quite a bit of work!  I put the pruned cedar branches by the ponds for the beavers to enjoy as “snacks!”

Fenced Cedar

A New York Times article  gives a good overview on the benefits of  beavers.  A key learning for us at Earth Sanctuary is to plant pines, firs and spruces near the ponds, rather than cedars and willows.

New Arboretum Planting Completed!

Monday, March 9th, 2009




As part of our 500-year plan, over 1,100 new trees have been planted on the East side of Earth Sanctuary to speed the creation of old-growth forest.  Old-growth forests are the epitome of habitat for plants and animals and contribute to cooling of the environment, clean water, as well as many other important environmental benefits.


The tree species planted in the new arboretum include: Douglas-fir, White pine, Western red cedar, Cascara, Birch, Sitkaspruce, Redwood, Alaskan yellow cedar, Grand fir, Western pine, Madrone, and Sequoia.


“I love the immensity and beauty of old-growth trees,” explains Chuck Pettis, Earth Sanctuary founder.  “My goal is to provide an exemplary example of ecological restoration and forest management, while creating a nature reserve with maximum diversity of species.”

New Road and Arboretum

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Earth Sanctuary Road & Arboretum 
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We have just completed a major clearing and road project a Earth Sanctuary.  When the Earth Sanctuary property was purchased, one parcel had been hard logged and was covered with mainly unhealthy trees and Himalayan Blackberries.  At the end of 2008, we are now planting over 1,000 new trees in groves to create an arboretum.  Come and see the new “baby forest!”

Planting Trees at Earth Sanctuary – 2007

Sunday, October 28th, 2007