Field Fridays
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Field Fridays


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 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 Jennifer Mackey at Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

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.

When and Where are Field Fridays?


To download the complete list of upcoming Summer Field Fridays, download [This Field Friday List]


Please help us prepare and RSVP at least 48 hours in advance (unless otherwise noted) if you plan to attend an upcoming Field Friday. RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org.

Field Fridays, Summer 2021

Ivy & Vinca Removal – Bell Creek
Friday, July 9th (9am – 3pm, Onsite)
Our Bell Creek property hosts functioning salmon habitat, including Bell Creek itself and the North Fork Nooksack River, and contains diverse habitat for several other mammal and bird species. The riparian habitat along Bell Creek needs to be freed of invasive English ivy and noxious vinca, which both smother and envelops native plants, by hand-pulling these vines. There is an additional patch of English ivy in the forest, in which the creek must be crossed to reach. For those interested, there’s some Himalayan blackberry that can be tackled as well! Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your own gloves!
Suggested Tools: Kneeling pad, trowel, hand pruners, and/or handsaw.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at5665 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming, WA
Directions: From Bellingham, drive east on Mt. Baker Hwy (SR 542) to Welcome. Turn right on Bell Creek Road, and look for the neighbor’s driveway on the right at 5665. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust signs for direction!

Ivy Removal – Lower Middle Fork Complex
Friday, August 6th (9am – 3pm, Onsite)
The Lower Middle Fork Complex is located along the alluvial fan of Canyon Lake Creek and the Middle Fork Nooksack River. The existing native trees and surrounding ground needs to be freed of invasive English ivy by hand-pulling the vines before we can replant in the fall. Meet us at the end of our neighbor’s driveway to access the property, where we will only need to walk about 100 feet. Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your own gloves!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad, trowel, hand pruners, and/or handsaw.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5391 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA
Directions: From Bellingham, head east on Mt. Baker Highway to Welcome and turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. Drive 1.5 miles and look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust sign on the right to turn down the driveway for 5391.

Plant Maintenance and Invasive removal – Rutsatz Salmon
Friday, September 3rd (9am – 3pm, Onsite)
Rutsatz Salmon is a beautiful 71-acre fish and wildlife habitat reserve nestled between Rutsatz Road and the North Fork Nooksack River just past Deming. The property hosts an 11-acre field lined with young native trees that need their blue tubes removed and to be freed from encroaching blackberry. There is additionally a newly discovered patch of yellow archangel along the river, about a mile hike in and then back, that needs to be hand-pulled, bagged, and taken offsite before it spreads further and threatens diversity. Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your own gloves!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad for archangel, hand pruners, loppers, and/or shovel for digging blackberry.
Directions: Drive east on Mt. Baker Highway past Deming. Turn right (south) on SR 9 towards Sedro Woolley for ½ mile. Cross the bridge over the Nooksack River and turn left on Rutsatz Road. Travel about ¾ mile and look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust signs on the left!

Please help us prepare and RSVP at least 48 hours in advance (unless otherwise noted) if you plan to attend an upcoming Field Friday. RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org.



Past Field Fridays


Craver 
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

Catalyst Complex

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. 

Black Slough

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

Kelsey

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!