Field Friday: California Creek, Blaine Rd
Field Friday: California Creek, Blaine Rd
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February 4th, 2022 (9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.)

Purchased in late 2020 for permanent protection, this 22-acre property contains both prime forest habitat along California Creek Estuary and even more restoration opportunity! After much invasive control, this Field Friday will focus on putting native species in the ground. We’ll be staking willows in an open field, and planting potted trees if the weather allows. Join us in transforming this new property!

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

Address: 8574 Blaine Road, Blaine, WA

Tools Suggested: Shovel, loppers and/or hand pruners.

Directions: From Bellingham, head north on I-5. Take exit 274 for Peace Portal Drive towards Semiahmoo. Turn right on Peace Portal Drive and turn left at the 4-way stop onto Bell Road. Travel south for about 2 miles, Bell Road will turn into Blaine Road. Turn left onto Fleet Road, continue down the driveway towards 4389 Fleet Road where the road ends. Parking will be on either side of the road in the grass/moss before reaching the adjacent neighbor’s house. Look for the purple WLT sign!

COVID-19 Update

The safety of our volunteers and community remain our highest priority. We also understand people want to get outside and help us on the land. We are limiting each Field Friday to 6 people, including staff, so an RSVP will be required prior. All volunteers are required to have a face covering on them at all times, though it is not required to be worn while working outside if well over 6 feet away from others. If you have any symptoms of illness or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 2-3 weeks, you MUST stay home even if you have already RSVP’d.

What are Field Fridays?

Want to spend some time with the Stewardship Team and learn a bit more about land trust conservation sites? Sign up for a Field Friday adventure generally held on the first Friday of the month! These are working days, and are more difficult than our shorter work parties! Volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions and have tough, weather appropriate footwear and outerwear ready to traverse rugged, uneven terrain. While the traversing may be challenging at times, the rewards are immense! Volunteers will have the opportunity to visit parts of properties rarely seen by the public, learn about Whatcom Land Trust’s stewardship goals and processes, and participate in restoration and land management activities. Children are not recommended for Field Fridays as these events are longer and more strenuous. Anyone under 17 must have a parent or guardian present.

RSVP is required to participate on these Field Fridays as space is limited and the schedule may change due to weather. Because we plan our activities around the volunteers expected and often have a waitlist, we must receive 48 hours’ notice for any cancellations. Transportation is not provided during the pandemic, and volunteers must drive themselves to and from the property. Please pack a lunch, water, weather appropriate layers, boots, and rain gear. If you are able, please also bring your own gloves and tools; extras will only be provided by staff upon request. At the beginning of the week prior to the event, staff will email you with additional details on what to expect and what tools will be needed.

Please meet staff on the property at 9:00am, and the work will be done by 3:00pm. As many Field Fridays are in remote portions of the property, we ask that you stay for the entire duration of the Field Friday and do not leave early unless approved prior. A yearly liability waiver must be filled out beforehand.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org