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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 in size to allow for safe distancing.
RSVP Required: Email abby@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.



Work Parties, Fall/Winter 2021

Riverstead w/ NSEA – Planting
Saturday, October 30th (9am – Noon)

This site lies along the South Fork Nooksack River and contains a portion of Landingstrip Creek and its tributary. This site, and the adjacent 200+ acres have undergone a great deal of restoration after being purchased for permanent protection over the years. Join us and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association in enhancing the important habitat! Parking is available on Rothenbuhler Road in Acme off of Highway 9. Look for NSEA signs and staff, and the purple WLT sign! Prior registration is required with NSEA: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Bell Creek – Invasive Removal & Planting
Saturday, November 6th (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 periwinkle, which both smother and envelops native plants, by hand pulling these vines. There is an additional patch of invasive blackberry where roots need to be dug, followed by planting some native trees!
Suggested Tools: Shovel, hand pruners, loppers and/or kneeling pad.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5665 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 WLT signs for direction!

Ladies of the Lake – Blackberry grubbing and planting
Saturday, November 20th (9am – Noon)

This is a 100-acre property in the Lake Whatcom watershed and contains riparian habitat along Fir Creek and Anderson Creek, streams both utilized by Kokanee, an open field, and a steep forested hillside. For this work party, we will be digging blackberry roots out of the ground, cutting blackberry canes in the native vegetation, and planting native conifers to help shade out this aggressive plant. If we’re lucky, we might see some Kokanee and/or bald eagles!
Tools Suggested: Shovel, loppers and/or hand pruners.
Directions: From Bellingham, head out Lakeway Drive and continue through the Geneva and Sudden Valley Neighborhoods. At the fork in the road near Wildwood, stay to the left and continue on S Bay Drive for another 2.5 miles. The property will be on the right, just before crossing the railroad tracks.

Lower Middle Fork Complex – Ivy Removal & Planting
Saturday, December 4th (9am – Noon) -Weekend of International Volunteer Day & World Soil Day!

The Lower Middle Fork Complex is located along the alluvial fan of Canyon Lake Creek
and the Middle Fork Nooksack River. While the existing native trees and much of the surrounding ground have been freed of invasive English ivy, there is still more English ivy to remove! In the area cleared of invasive ivy this last year, we will also be planting native trees to enhance the creek’s riparian forest. Meet us at the end of our neighbor’s driveway to access the
property.
Tools Suggested: Shovel and/or hand pruners.
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 WLT sign on the right to turn down the driveway for 5391.

Kelsey – Holly Removal & Barbwire Removal
Monday, January 17th (10am to 1pm) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

This site along Butler Creek has undergone robust restoration over the last few years with thousands of trees put in the ground and even more blackberry canes cutback. With the leaves being on the ground for winter, this is the perfect time to hunt for the invasive English holly throughout the property, and remove unwanted barbwire along the borders.
Tools Suggested: Handsaw, hand pruners, wire cutters, and/or loppers.
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. Parking is along a private gravel driveway, so please do not block the road!


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!