Field Fridays
Field Fridays
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Field Fridays

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. 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 may not be provided, and volunteers may need to provide their own transportation.

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. 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 with a lunch break. 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 is required to be submitted electronically or by mail beforehand.

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 is required to be submitted electronically or by mail beforehand.


COVID-19 Update:

COVID-19: 
The safety and well-being of volunteers and community members is always our highest priority.  Please continue to follow the most current guidelines from CDC and local county officials regarding masking, testing, and isolating. Please stay home if you feel sick.

Capacity: Each Field Friday is limited in size.

RSVP Required: Please click on the name of the event that you are interested in attending and fill out the associated form. Each person attending must fill out the form separately. 

Masks: You are required to have a face covering with you, but you are not required to wear it while working outside.

Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will bring extra upon request.

Water & Snacks: Please bring water, snacks, and a lunch to keep you fueled and hydrated throughout the day.

Questions: Please feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator, Madeline Mahler, madeline@whatcomlandtrust.org

Please understand that if you choose to participate in a field Friday event, you do so at your own risk. While these precautions may reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, that risk still exists. By choosing to volunteer, you are knowingly and accepting the risk of contracting COVID-19.


Liability Waivers
Liability waivers need to be filled out prior to volunteering with Whatcom Land Trust. The liability waiver is good for the remainder of the calendar year (January – December), and a new one will need to be filled out each year after. Both electronic copies and printed copies will be accepted.
If you are 17 years of age or older, simply fill out the adult liability waiver below. 
Adult Liability Form
Minor Liability Form
How to fill out these forms if a volunteer is under 17 years old: 
– If the volunteer is under 13, a parent will need to sign both the adult liability form and the minor addendum form.
 – If the volunteer is between 13 and 17 years of age, the teenager will sign the adult liability waiver, and a parent will need to sign the minor addendum form.


Capacity: Each Field Friday is limited in size.
RSVP Required: Please click on the name of the event that you are interested in attending and fill out the associated form. Each person attending must fill out the form separately. Please visit the Field Friday page on our website to find the sign up links!
Masks: You are required to have a face covering on you at all times, but you are not required to wear it while working outside and well over 6 feet away from others.
Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will only bring extra upon request.
Water & Snacks: Please bring water, snacks, and a lunch to keep you fueled and hydrated throughout the day.
Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you feel any illness symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. It takes all of us to keep everyone safe.
Questions: Please feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator, Madeline Mahler, madeline@whatcomlandtrust.org.

Fall 2022 Field Fridays

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Scotch Broom Removal and Site Visit – Maple Creek Reach

Friday, November 4th (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Join Whatcom Land Trust staff for a walk around this special property while we complete our annual site visit. We will also continue to remove Scotch Broom to reduce its fast spreading around the property. Maple Creek Reach is home to all 5 native salmon species and if we are lucky, we may even see some spawning or rearing!

Suggested Tools: Pulaski, shovel, weed wrench and/or loppers.

What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground, hand pulling plants, using tools to dig

Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Highway east to Maple Falls. Once through Maple Falls, follow the highway for two sharp bends followed by crossing Maple Creek. The entrance to the property will be on the right hand side at the bend in the highway after a straightaway. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust sign!

Carpool Option: Meet at Whatcom Land Trust’s office at 8 am to ride with staff to the site. We will be leaving the office at 8:15. To maximize the number of participants, we strongly encourage you to meet at our office to carpool. Masks will be worn in vehicle.

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Invasive Species Removal – Bell Creek – CANCELLED

Friday, December 2nd (9:00 AM -3:00 PM)

English Ivy and Vinca are taking over Bell Creek! Come help Whatcom Land Trust in the fight against these invasive species. It will be a great day of uniting together and removing invasive species while also listening to the lovely songbirds and creek running. This Field Friday is not one you want to miss!

Suggested Tools: Shovel, hand clippers, Pulaski, knee pads

What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground, hand pulling plants, kneeling and using hand tools to dig

Directions: From Bellingham- drive east on Mt. Baker Highway to Welcome. Turn right on Bell Creek Road. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust Signs!

Carpool Option: Meet at Whatcom Land Trust’s office at 8 am to ride with staff to the site. We will be leaving the office at 8:15. To maximize the number of participants, we strongly encourage you to meet at our office to carpool. Masks will be worn in vehicle.

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Planting, Invasive Removal and Site Visit – Craver

Friday, January 6th (9:00 AM -3:00 PM)

Happy new year! Kick off the year right, by joining the Whatcom Land Trust on our spectacular Craver property. We will be doing our annual site visit so this is a great opportunity to see all the beauty Craver has to offer. This site includes Hutchinson Creek, a lively forest and a variety of native animals. This will be a fun day of planting trees in different parts of the property and freeing past plantings from invasive species. Parts of the trail are extremely muddy, so boots are strongly encouraged.

Suggested Tools: Shovel, loppers and/or hand pruners

What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground, hand pulling plants, kneeling and using hand tools to dig

Directions: From Bellingham- drive east on Highway 542 past Deming. Continue past the roundabout on Highway 542 towards Maple Falls. Turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. The property is on the left. Park just past the logging road gate. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

Address: 2822 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA

Carpool Option: Meet at Whatcom Land Trust’s office at 8 am to ride with staff to the site. We will be leaving the office at 8:15. To maximize the number of participants, we strongly encourage you to meet at our office to carpool. Masks will be worn in vehicle.

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Invasive Species Removal and Site Visit – Pratum

Friday, February 3rd (9:00 AM – 3:00PM)

Did you know that the water you drink in Bellingham comes from Lake Whatcom? This means the land around it directly impacts the water you drink. Whatcom Land Trust’s Pratum is a part of the Lake Whatcom watershed and needs your help to restore it and improve our water quality. We will be focusing on removing Vinca and Holly from the property then completing our annual site visit. It will be a great day of tromping around in the woods!

Suggested Tools: Kneeling pad, trowel, small shovel, hand pruners, and/or handsaw

What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground, hand pulling plants, kneeling and using hand tools to dig

Directions: From Bellingham- Drive east on North Shore Road past Briton Road. Turn left and travel east on Academy Road for about half of a mile to East 17th Crest (private road). Turn right and follow the road through left and right turns. Our parking area will be straight ahead after your right turn. Here is a google maps link, though please read through the directions above.

Carpool Option: Meet at Whatcom Land Trust’s office at 8 am to ride with staff to the site. We will be leaving the office at 8:15. To maximize the number of participants, we strongly encourage you to meet at our office to carpool. Masks will be worn in vehicle.  

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Past Field Fridays


Craver 
Trail Clearing and Invasive Removal.
We removed at least 250 square feet of vinca, cleared around 40 trees, and cleared about a 1/2 mile of trail! 

Maple Creek Reach
Removing Scotch Broom

Ladies of the Lake
Removing blackberry

Catalyst Complex

We created blue tubes and cages used to protect young plantings from the frequently trafficked deer and elk. We also planted some trees in areas of high plant mortality. 

Black Slough

3 volunteers participated and we removed beaver cages off of 30 trees and limbed the lower branches as well!

Kelsey

We only had two volunteers today but still got so much done! We prepped for the upcoming Kelsey work party in April, transported more then 200 plants across half a mile of uneven terrain, and even had a nice lunch in the sun!

Ladies of the Lake

The group removed an entire blackberry mass at Ladies of the Lake.

Field Friday at Stover

We planted 800 trees and removed a barbed wire fence line with staff from Nooksack Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources at our new Stover property along the South Fork Nooksack River.

Field Friday at Maple Creek Reach!

We had a great Field Friday at Maple Creek Reach! A big thank you to everyone who came out with us and got a lot of good work done. We even saw some bear tracks (but just missed the bear).

Field Friday at Duck Pond!

Today we cleared, and created a trail through about half a mile of one of our newest properties, Duck Pond. Thanks to everybody who braved the rain to come out and get some great work done!