How? Join a group of trained citizen volunteers to be the eyes and ears of the community and ensure safe public access to American Lake. In an upcoming two-hour training session, you will learn non-confrontational techniques to help you identify, document and report natural resource crimes.
Once you finish the training, you will be certified in the Crime Observation Report Training (CORT), conducted by enforcement officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Eyes in the Woods, a non-profit organization dedicated to recruiting community volunteers for the protection of our natural resources.
Who should attend? Any citizen interested in volunteering with Eyes in the Woods, which monitors access to American Lake in Tillicum.
When? The training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 6-9 p.m. at the Commencement Bay Rowing Club (CBRC) facility, upper floor, in Harry Todd Park, Tillicum. Directions: Either north-or-south I-5 take Exit #123 and enter Tillicum west-bound on Thorne Lane which will swing around and basically become Portland Ave. One long block to Maple St. and turn right, then the next right onto Woodlawn and an immediate left into the parking lot of Harry Todd Park. The CBRC is the only building. We will meet on the second floor. Signs will direct you.
The training will focus on the Tillicum boat launch, one of the worst trouble-spots for criminal activity and vandalism among water-access sites in Washington. The boat launch and other state access sites are designed for public use, but actions by a few individuals have nearly caused the closure of several sites, denying use to many community members.
Efforts by you and other citizen volunteers can turn this around, rally the community and help keep the Tillicum access site open and safe. In addition to training, WDFW and Eyes in the Woods are placing surveillance cameras on the launch property to discourage criminal activity and vandalism. Citizen volunteers will also be involved in monitoring the cameras.
For further information, or to register for the training, please contact David Anderson, project coordinator, at (253) 988-2536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.