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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 10 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 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days, have 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.
Please understand that if you choose to participate in a work party, 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 freely accepting the risk of contracting COVID-19.
A yearly liability waiver is required to be submitted electronically or by mail before the work party. You can download the waiver for adults and minors below.
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 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 is required to be submitted electronically or by mail beforehand.
RSVP with Abby Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Field Fridays, Fall/Winter 2021
November 5th at Todd Creek (9am to 3pm)
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!
December 3rd at California Creek – Timberline (9am to 3pm)
Further upstream along California Creek lies this forested property containing wetland habitat. This site has been undergoing restoration and maintenance to control invasive blackberry. At this Field Friday, we will be digging blackberry roots, cutting blackberry from existing trees, and planting trees in a portion of the property previously dominated by blackberry.
Tools Suggested: Shovel, loppers and/or handsaw.
Directions: From Bellingham take Interstate 5 North to Custer. Exit right on to Birch Bay – Lynden Road, take a left and cross freeway and travel east. Turn left and travel south on Portal Way for approximately ½ mile, then turn right onto Valley View Road, followed by the first right on Creasy Road. Look for the purple WLT sign! Follow Creasy Road to the end, passing an open gate.
January 7th at Craver (9am to 3pm)
This property along Mosquito Lake Road has been previously harvested and underwent a large cleanup once the Land Trust purchased the 105 acres for permanent protection in 1999. While much of the property has been planted with trees to reforest the property, there is still room for more and much stewarding to be done! We will be planting throughout the property by carrying plants in a bucket, and clearing all of the vegetation around existing plantings. While we are walking through the property, we will additionally be completing our annual site visit, and will hand pull invasive periwinkle if there is time.
Tools Suggested: Shovel, loppers, and/or hand pruners.
Address: 2822 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA
Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Hwy (SR 542) east past Deming. Continue past the roundabout on SR 542 towards Maple Falls. Turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. The property is on the left. Park just past the logging road gate, purple signs will be present to direct.
February 4th at California Creek – Blaine Road (9am to 3pm)
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!
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!
Past Field Fridays
May 7th: 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
February 5th: Removing Scotch Broom
Ladies of the Lake
January 1st: Removing blackberry
December 4th: 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.
3 volunteers participated and we removed beaver cages off of 30 trees and limbed the lower branches as well!
March 6th 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
February 7th The group removed an entire blackberry mass at Ladies of the Lake.
Field Friday at Stover
December 6th: 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!
November 1st: 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!
October 4th: 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!