Save the Historic Barn at Morse Wildlife Preserve!

The Historic Barn at Morse Wildlife Preserve--a centerpiece of the education program--is no longer safe to use! Help us rebuild this iconic building.
Graham, Washington
United States
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The Morse Wildlife Preserve is a Unique Place for People and Animals

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The 98-acre Morse Wildlife Preserve is a mosaic of conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna and prairie. It is an ideal home for many bird species such as owls, raptors, aquatic fowl and the uncommon western bluebird. Mammals such as deer, coyote, bobcat, rabbits and a variety of rodents live here or make foraging visits. The Preserve was created in 1995 to permanently protect critical wildlife habitat and serve as an educational center for students and the broader community.

Built circa 1910, the barn at Morse Wildlife Preserve is listed on the Washington State Historic Barn Register and the Pierce County Historic Landmarks Register. It is the centerpiece to the education program at the Preserve. It not only provides shelter from the weather for visiting school children, but also a location for storytelling and educational displays as well as storage for tools and materials used by the Morse Force volunteers for restoration projects. 

The Barn Needs Our Help!

Barn with cation tapeUnfortunately, the entire barn had to be closed to visitors in 2011 due to safety concerns with the shed roof, which covers the entrance to the barn. We are working to fund construction of Phase I of a three phase project to fully restore the historic barn to the standards of the Historic Barn Register, which includes mandatory use of costly cedar shake roof tiles. Phase I restoration to replace the west shed roof will cost $8,500. Forterra received a $5,000 grant from Pierce County to help fund the project. The grant funding expires at the end of September, which means we need to complete Phase I THIS summer.

Without YOUR support this historic building will be lost as a critical centerpiece shelter for our ongoing community and youth education at this beautiful nature preserve.

Thank you!

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  • $15USD
    A Heartfelt Recognition

    Thank you for your awesome support. You will be recognized on the Morse Wildlife Preserve webpage.

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  • $50USD
    Thank You Photo

    We will mail you a thank you card featuring a photo from the Morse Wildlife Preserve

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  • $150USD
    Plaque Recognition

    You will be recognized on a wood-burned plaque that will be hung at the barn after renovation.

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  • $300USD
    A Woodcut Print

    You will receive a beautiful and unique framed thank you print from Seattle artist Mette Hansen. Her woodcut prints depict natural scenes from our beautiful Northwest region.

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    A Private Tour

    Join a small group for an exclusive tour of the brand new trail network and boardwalk at the Preserve. Learn about the flora and fauna of this beautiful natural resource.

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