Shaw and Waldron Islands
2012 Stewardship Award Winner – Woodland Category
Sam and Carson Sprenger, who split their time between caretaking for the University of Washington’s Cedar Rock Biological Preserve on Shaw Island and their home on Waldron Island, are the embodiment of good and careful stewardship of our uplands.
On the 1,000-acre Cedar Rock Biological Preserve, they have organized restoration efforts that include planting of native species, removal of invasive species and beach clean-ups. Sam and Carson have also been working on Waldron Island since 2006 to develop and manage the careful restoration of 40 acres of rare Garry oak habitat. The project involved selective tree removal, woody fuel reduction, pile burning, native grass planting and monitoring. Both Sam and Carson are widely regarded as experts in woodland management and restoration, and Carson has shared his boundless knowledge with students at the Shaw Island School. Sam and Carson share their home with their two children, Maeve and Otto.