November 5th, 2021 (9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.)
Todd Creek is one of our newest protected properties, and consists of 46 acres along the South Fork of the Nooksack River. The majority of the site has already undergone clearing of invasive blackberry, and was planted with thousands of trees this last year. We have some areas to fill in where trees didn’t survive the dry summer. For this Field Friday, we’ll be spending the day walking throughout the property and planting additional trees. For additional tree protection, we will then cover each planted tree with a blue tube.
Tools Suggested: Shovel and/or hand pruners.
Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Highway east past Deming. Turn right and travel south on Highway 9 at the roundabout and head to Van Zandt. Turn right on Potter Road, follow the road another quarter mile after it turns into Hillside Road. Parking will be in a gravel area on the right hand side after crossing the creek. Look for the purple WLT sign!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org