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Work Parties

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 work party to 10 people, including staff, so an RSVP will be required prior to each work party. 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 tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days, 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. Please bring your own tools and gloves if you are able, though staff will bring extra only upon request. Bring enough water and snacks to sustain you as none will be provided at this time.

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.

Work Parties are a great way to make a difference while learning about properties that contain important ecological benefits and how we protect those special places. These events are generally held on Saturday mornings in the Summer and Fall from 9am to noon, allowing just a few hours out of your day and keeping the remainder of your weekend free! All ages are certainly welcome, and families are highly recommended. 

After the pandemic concerns are out of the way, you can expect free small snacks, coffee and water to jump start your morning. Gloves and tools are available, though bring your own if you would like! 

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.

Upcoming Work Parties
Capacity: Each work party is limited to 10 people, including staff.
RSVP Required: Email Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to sign-up ahead of time. 
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: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own! 
Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days, feel any illness symptoms, or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2-3 weeks! It takes all of us to keep everyone safe.

To download the complete list of upcoming Summer Work Parties, download [This Work Party List]


Work Parties, Summer 2021

Ivy Removal – Lower Middle Fork Complex
Saturday, July 17th (9am – Noon)
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. Meet us at the end of our neighbor’s driveway to access the property. Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your own gloves!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad, 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.

Ivy & Vinca Removal – Bell Creek
Saturday, August 14th (9am – Noon)
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 for those interested in tackling, in which the creek must be crossed to reach. Don’t forget to RSVP and bring your own gloves!
Suggested Tools: Kneeling pad, 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. The property accessed by a private easement so look for purple Whatcom Land Trust signs for direction!

Ivy Removal – Lower Middle Fork Complex
Saturday, September 11th (9am – Noon)
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. Meet us at the end of our neighbor’s driveway to access the property. 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.

Volunteer Land Steward Training – Virtual
Wednesday, May 19th (4pm to 6pm)
A Volunteer Land Steward adopts a property and monitors on a regular basis; being the eyes and the ears of the Land Trust. A report is submitted once every three months on your findings, including notable plants and animals seen, amount and type of human traffic, and any potential issues that need a staff intervention before it worsens. New volunteers and seasoned stewards alike can attend this virtual training to learn about the rewards of adopting a property, tips for monitoring, and advice on submitting a report. At the end of the training, you will have the opportunity to fully commit to becoming a Volunteer Land Steward by filling out a property placement questionnaire. Shortly after, staff will take you on your first site visit to show you around your property! Please RSVP to receive further information and the virtual link for the training.

Please RSVP to Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org 

Volunteer with our local partners!

Our local partners use volunteers to steward the land year-round. To find out more about the work parties organized by our partners, visit:

Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
https://www.wmbcmtb.org
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
https://www.n-sea.org
Whatcom County Parks and Recreation
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1787/Parks-Recreation



Past Work Parties

California Creek Timberline Work Party

Saturday, May 22nd: We cut blackberry, grubbed blackberry, and cut tree branches to prevent blackberry from climbing up the trees. 

Earth Day Work Party at Bell Creek

Saturday, April 24th: Volunteers at the Bell Creek Work Party removed English Ivy, Periwinkle and Blackberry.

Earth Day Work Party at Maple Creek Reach

Saturday, April 24th: Volunteers worked to clear about 150 square feet of invasive scotch broom from around plantings at our Maple Creek Reach property. It was amazing to see the difference that just one person made removing this incredibly invasive species! Even though it rained, everyone was happy to be working on the land for Earth Day.  


Pratum (Lake Whatcom Watershed)

March 20th, 2021: Volunteers removed about 75 square feet of Vinca Minor (Common name: Periwinkle). The weather held for us and we enjoyed the walk through the property, even stopping to give volunteers an opportunity to enjoy a waterfall.

Lower Middle Fork Complex

March 6th, 2021: We had a great time pulling out invasive English ivy

Bell Creek

December 12th, 2020: We removed English ivy, Vinca (Periwinkle), and blackberry.

Fenton Reserve

December 5th, 2020: We had a great tree planting party at the Fenton Reserve. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Maple Creek Reach Reserve

November 6th, 2020: We removed a lot of Scotch Broom at Maple Creek Reach. See before and after photos.

Halloween Work Party at Kelsey

October 31st: We planted about 80 trees today at Kelsey! It was a perfect Fall day for planting and the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the sunshine. 

Make a Difference Day Work Parties

Lower Middle Fork Complex

October 24th: During the coldest day this fall, our volunteers helped remove an entire truck bed full of ivy along a creek bank. Thank You!

White Deer Work Party

October 24th: We had volunteers and staff remove ALL of the (known) patches of invasive Archangel from White Deer! Garbage was also picked up from across the property and Kokanee are not in Austin Creek yet! 

Lower Middle Fork Complex

February 29th: We planted 105 trees and removed English ivy from trees and on the ground.

Lower Middle Fork Complex

December 14th: We had seven people show up and planted/blue-tubed 151 trees!! We even got to mulch some!

Work Party at Kelsey

December 7th: Work Party at Kelsey: We planted and blue-tubed more than 200 trees along Butler Creek, and installed caging on the cedars for protection from deer browsing.

Work Party at California Creek

November 16th: Thanks to everybody who showed up at California Creek despite the rain! Together with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Washington Conservation District we planted nearly 300 trees.

Alcoa Work Party at Kelsey

November 8th: Thanks to everyone from Alcoa who came out to Kelsey to get some trees planted!

Superfeet Work Party at Wild Cat Reach

October 11th: A huge thank you to Superfeet for sponsoring this work party! With their help and some awesome Superfeet volunteers we got 500 trees planted at Wild Cat Reach.

Planting Party at Maple Creek Reach

October 5th: Returning to Maple Creek Reach today we planted trees along Maple Creek. Lucky attendees even got to see spawning Pink salmon in the river!