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Orca Recovery Day!

event date: October 16, 2021

Orca Recovery Day: California Creek Estuary Park

October 16th, 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Join us and our partners, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Whatcom Conservation District, for Orca Recovery Day! We will be planting native trees and removing invasive vegetation along California Creek Estuary. Parking is at the Birch Bay Bible Church at 4460 Bay Road, Blaine. Volunteers will be shuttled to the restoration site and masks are required. Prior registration is required with NSEA: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Work Party: Maple Creek Reach

event date: October 23, 2021

October 23rd, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

This 110-acre property has undergone a great deal of habitat restoration primarily led by previous Stewardship Director, Nick Saling, and contains one of the most impressive creeks in Whatcom County that provides spawning habitat for all five Pacific salmon species. We will be removing scotch broom that has invaded a restoration planting area. Make an even bigger difference like Nick did by bringing a young native tree (like Douglas fir or Western red cedar) to plant if you can!

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

Tools Suggested: Pulaski and/or shovel; staff will bring weed wrenches.

Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Highway east to Maple Falls. Once through Maples Falls, follow the highway for two sharp bends followed by crossing Maple Creek. The entrance to the property will be on the right-hand side at the bend in the highway after a straightaway. Look for the purple WLT signs!

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: Email jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Work Pary with NSEA: Riverstead

event date: October 30, 2021

October 30th, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

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

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: https://www.n-sea.org/stream-stewards

Work Party: Bell Creek

event date: November 6, 2021

November 6th, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

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!

RSVP to Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

Suggested Tools: Shovel, hand pruners, loppers and/or kneeling pad.

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 WLT signs for direction!

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: Email jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Work Party: Ladies of the Lake

event date: November 20, 2021

November 20th, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

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!

RSVP to Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

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.

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: Email jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Work Party: Lower Middle Fork Complex

event date: December 4, 2021

December 4th, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

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.

RSVP to Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

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.

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP Required: Email jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Fungi @ Fenton

event date: October 19, 2021

Tuesday October 19th, 10am-12pm

Join us for a guided stroll through Whatcom Land Trust’s Fenton Preserve and learn all about the wonderful world of fungi! Fred Rhoades of the Northwest Mushroomers Association will be teaching us about the different types of mushrooms that can be found throughout Whatcom County and how to use best practices when learning about these unique and mysterious organisms. 

What to bring: Participants should dress for cool weather and be prepared for rain. Please also bring a face covering and have it with you at all times in case distancing is not possible at some points of the tour.

Capacity: 20 participants (RSVP soon!)

RSVP Required: RSVP to jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org. Participants are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to join on this tour.

Driving Directions: From Bellingham, take I-5 north to Birch Bay-Lynden Road, and take the exit. Turn right at the stop sign and immediately turn left on Valley View Road. Travel north on Valley View Road for approximately two miles, turn right onto McGee Road, and take an immediate left through a gate to park in the field.

Work Party: MLK Day at Kelsey

event date: January 17, 2022

January 17th, 2022 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

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.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

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!

Capacity: Each work party is currently limited in size to allow for safe distancing.

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 gladly bring any upon request

Water & Snacks: Due to safety precautions, please bring your own!

Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you 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.

RSVP is Required: jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Field Friday: Craver

event date: January 7, 2022

January 7th, 2022 (9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.)

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.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

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.

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 6 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 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.

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 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 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 must be filled out beforehand.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

Field Friday: California Creek, Timberline

event date: December 3, 2021

December 3rd, 2021 (9:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.)

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.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org to secure your spot!

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 the 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.

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 6 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 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.

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 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 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 must be filled out beforehand.

RSVP with Jennifer Mackey at jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

View our past events to find out what Whatcom Land Trust has been doing throughout the year. Our main event is our Spring Benefit in May.