Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew

(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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  • Betsy Slack
    signed via 2017-04-25 04:32:30 -0700
  • Richard Crerie
    signed 2017-04-25 04:24:27 -0700
  • Kyong Barry'
    signed 2017-04-25 01:09:56 -0700
    Thank you for not using poisonous products on our state capital grounds!!! You people rock!!! Which senators were being stupid? I want to know!!!
  • Natalie M.
    signed 2017-04-24 23:49:31 -0700
    Wow, you are inspiring! Thank you for all your hard work!! As a healthy-conscious mom who lives with dandelions and avoids perfect lawns, I am so happy to hear our Capitol’s lawn is safe for our families. May all your efforts contribute to more healthy years for yours and ours!
  • Donald Kusler
    signed 2017-04-24 23:00:22 -0700
  • Nancy Skinner
    signed 2017-04-24 22:51:55 -0700
  • Jessica Saab
    signed 2017-04-24 22:45:06 -0700
    Thank you for your hard work!! Fully fund education now!!!!!
  • Gail Chism
    signed 2017-04-24 22:35:45 -0700
  • Lisa Weber
    signed via 2017-04-24 22:34:26 -0700
  • Michelle Jacobsen
    signed 2017-04-24 22:26:46 -0700
    Keep up your sustainable gardening. You all rock!
  • Gina Massoni
    signed 2017-04-24 22:23:39 -0700
    Thank you for all your hard work! My child loves the dandelions and I try to remember that they are of great benefit to the bees in the early spring before other flowers bloom. Pesticide-free is better for all of us.
  • Patricia Menzies
    signed 2017-04-24 22:17:33 -0700
    Patricia Menzies
  • Laura Johnson
    signed 2017-04-24 22:17:12 -0700
  • Nancy Bowen-Pope
    signed via 2017-04-24 22:15:21 -0700
  • Mary Dodge
    signed 2017-04-24 22:13:43 -0700
    Thank you grounds crew! Lawmakers- get back to work fully funding basic education and creating jobs rather than cutting them in Washington. #incometaxnow #progressivenotregressivetaxes #paramountproblem
  • Heather Sohlberg
    signed 2017-04-24 22:11:50 -0700
  • Benita Matheson
    signed 2017-04-24 22:10:24 -0700
    Thank you for keeping it green!
  • J Lardizabal
    signed 2017-04-24 21:58:56 -0700
  • Donna Rueth
    signed 2017-04-24 21:54:34 -0700
    Thank you for your efforts to be gentle to the environment!
  • matt sircely
    signed 2017-04-24 21:34:54 -0700
  • Kathleen Callum
    signed 2017-04-24 21:33:52 -0700
  • Edward Duhaime
    signed 2017-04-24 21:33:46 -0700
  • Susan Swift
    signed 2017-04-24 21:22:25 -0700
    Happy 40th Anniversary to NCAP. I remember the meeting in Portland 40 years ago when it was created, I am so happy for your continued work.
  • Paul Spencer
    signed 2017-04-24 21:17:24 -0700
    Paul Spencer
  • Mark Emrich
    signed 2017-04-24 21:12:34 -0700
    dear grounds crew. I have had the pleasure of meeting most of you. I think that what you do, with the size of the staff

    that you have, and the commitment to leaving the grounds a better place than when you first started is nothing short

    of amazing! I would not have considered putting beehives on the grounds if it were not for your support. It is a honer to

    do your work with the understanding that you are building a safer, cleaner, and less toxic campus than in many years.

    Many Thanks.

    Mark Emrich

    Past Pres. Washington State Beekeeper Association.

    Past Pres. Olympia Beekeeper Association.
  • Alia Griffing
    signed 2017-04-24 20:57:27 -0700
    Thank you for your hard work! I know you are doing the work as it’s given to you, and with even fewer co-workers to complete it. You all do such a great job. Keep your heads up! We appreciate you!
  • Theresa Baker
    signed 2017-04-24 20:36:42 -0700
  • Paul Below
    signed 2017-04-24 20:35:16 -0700
    Paul Below
  • Paul Davies
    signed 2017-04-24 20:21:16 -0700
  • Venessa Goldberg
    signed 2017-04-24 20:07:45 -0700