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:
The safety of our volunteers and community remain our highest priority. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, have any symptoms of illness, or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you MUST stay home even if you have already RSVP’d. Please bring your own tools and gloves if you are able, though staff will bring extra only upon request.


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, Abby Weaver, abby@whatcomlandtrust.org.


Summer 2022 Field Fridays

Vinca Removal – PratumWAITLIST
This event is currently full. Please click the link below to join our waitlist.
Friday, June 3rd (9:00-3:00),
Option to carpool from WLT Office (8:00-4:00)

Join WLT staff and Volunteer Land Stewards for a day of removing Vinca from the property. Enjoy a walk through a beautiful forest and past a waterfall on the way to the worksite. 
Suggested Tools: Hand clippers, and a small shovel. Bring a kneeling pad if you would like!
What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground, hand pulling plants, kneeling and using hand tools to dig
Directions: 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. 
RSVP: To RSVP, please click here to fill out the google form associated with this project. Each person attending will need to fill out the form separately. To maximize the number of participants, we strongly encourage you to meet at our office to carpool. The truck will leave the office at 8:15am.

Blackberry and Holly Removal – Kelsey
Friday, July 8th (9:00am – 3:00, on site)

Join WLT staff and Volunteer Land Stewards for a day of removing blackberry and English holly! The Kelsey property is WLT’s second ever donated property and is bisected by Butler Creek.  Removing invasive species will allow recently planted native plants to grow.
Suggested Tools: Loppers and or hand clippers, and a shovel.
What to Expect: Walking on uneven ground for a half mile, using hand tools to cut blackberry and holly, and digging with a shovel.
Directions: From Bellingham, head north on Interstate-5, take the exit for Grandview Rd (Exit 266), turn left onto Grandview Road (WA-548N) toward Custer, travel approximately 3.5 miles and turn left onto North Star Road. After 1.4 miles, the gravel driveway to access the property will be on the right shortly after crossing the unmarked Butler Creek. Please look for our purple WLT sign! Drive all the way down the driveway and look for WLT staff to help with parking.
RSVP: To RSVP, please click here to fill out the google form associated with this project. Each person attending will need to fill out the form separately.

Canyon Lake Community Forest
Friday, August 5th (8:00-4:00, carpool from WLT office required)

Canyon Lake Community Forest is a beautiful 2,260-acre reserve protected in part by the Whatcom Land Trust through a Conservation Easement. The park protects one of the oldest stands of forest in the Pacific Northwest. While the property is owned and managed by Whatcom County and Western Washington University, and protected by the Land Trust, it belongs to the community! So let’s get out there! This Field Friday, we’ll be completing the monitoring site visit. While the property is beautiful, and absolutely worth the effort, the 9-mile (roundtrip) hike is steep and strenuous in both directions, so bring comfortable hiking boots and trekking poles if you have them!
Suggested Tools: Hiking poles, lots of water, and hiking boots
What to Expect: The 9-mile (roundtrip) hike is steep and strenuous in both directions, so bring comfortable hiking boots and trekking poles if you have them!
Directions: We will be meeting at the Land Trust office to carpool. 412 North Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. The truck will leave from the WLT office at 8am and will return by 4pm.
RSVP: To RSVP, please click here to fill out the google form associated with this project. Each person attending will need to fill out the form separately.


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!