Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew

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(photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)

Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!

You can send your own thank you note to the following address:

Brent Chapman and Staff
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
PO Box 41401
Olympia, WA 98504-1401

Thank you, groundskeepers!

In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!

Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.

dandeliontycard.jpgThe Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!

We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.

Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.

Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!

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  • signed 2017-04-27 12:39:43 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-27 12:22:02 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-27 12:02:13 -0700
    My dad was a school district groundskeeper for 25 years! Thank you!
  • signed 2017-04-27 11:20:40 -0700
    vanessa arpin
  • signed 2017-04-27 10:50:04 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-27 10:17:25 -0700
    Each time I’ve been to the Capital I’ve enjoyed the flowers and grounds. Thank you for the work you do to keep Washington’s Capital grounds beautiful.
  • signed 2017-04-27 09:08:33 -0700
    Thanks to all of you and your hard work, especially Ash Venable!!
  • signed 2017-04-27 07:27:17 -0700
    Thank you for showing us and other states what can be done without endangering the environment.
  • signed 2017-04-27 07:04:52 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-27 06:12:47 -0700
    You all are doing great work. I know firsthand how difficult it can be working for your greedy management who is quite top heavy at the moment as they cut out the little guys. If they would spend more on keeping state workers working instead of creating more management jobs then you might have a better time keeping up. Keep keeping on ! You all are valued! Thanks for making my work space beautiful. I miss working with you, just not for DES’ s management.
  • signed 2017-04-26 22:48:16 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 21:37:47 -0700
    Thank you for your conscientiousness & for keeping the Capitol campus campus so beautiful!!!!
  • signed 2017-04-26 20:50:40 -0700
    I appreciate all the great work you do keeping the Capitol beautiful. Keep up the good work!
  • signed 2017-04-26 20:34:40 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 19:56:03 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 19:25:20 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 18:45:56 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 17:56:19 -0700
    Pesticide free is the way to be!
  • signed 2017-04-26 17:43:49 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 17:12:45 -0700
    Dandelions feed our bees! Thanks for leaving food for the bees.
  • signed 2017-04-26 16:58:51 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 16:24:19 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 16:01:42 -0700
    Thanks for your work and for protecting the environment.
  • signed 2017-04-26 15:17:13 -0700
    Thank you for all the hard work you do on a daily basis!
  • signed 2017-04-26 14:31:33 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 13:53:37 -0700
    I UNDERSTAND INTEGRATED VEGETATION MANAGEMENT. I AM NOT A NO SPRAY PERSON. WHEN I FIRST SAW THE TEST AREA, I UNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS BEING TESTED. WHAT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IS HOW MY LEGISLATORS HAVE NOT SEEN THE AREA UNTIL NOW, HOW THEY ASSUME IT WAS BAD, OR LACK OF EFFORT. PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT POLLINATORS AND CHEMICALS NEVER CROSSED THERE MINDS. WOOF THEY ARE MORE OUT OF TOUGH THAN I THOUGHT. THANK YOU FOR YOU HARD WORK! I NOTICED AND RESPECTED YOUR EFFORTS. THANKS AGAIN.
  • signed 2017-04-26 13:43:54 -0700
    My husband was formerly a landscape manager of a company that was contacted to do grounds mainemtence for Navy shipyards. I definely know what it feels like have “big wigs” complain about your work. I know and appreciate and value the work you all do.
  • signed 2017-04-26 12:14:52 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 11:52:27 -0700
  • signed 2017-04-26 11:40:12 -0700
    Heroes and heroines for our planet don’t use toxic sprays that affect far more than the area they are applied!! Thank you conscientious groundskeepers who chose sustainable landscaping techniques that sustain all life forms, like for stance, people!!