Stewardship

Whatcom Land Trust is dependent on community support to carry out our mission. Much of our stewardship work involves habitat restoration and general upkeep on our many properties. This work includes planting trees, removing invasive plants, and maintaining trails. Help us with our stewardship goals by volunteering at a work party — or make a long-term commitment to Whatcom Land Trust by becoming a Volunteer Land Steward.

Upcoming work parties

 

Work Parties – Fall 2017

 

Volunteer Land Stewards Training (RSVP Required!)

Saturday, November 14 (5 PM – 7 PM)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a volunteer land steward for Whatcom Land Trust? New volunteers and seasoned stewards alike can meet at Whatcom Land Trust’s office to learn about the rewards of adopting a property, tips for monitoring, advice on submitting a report, chat with other stewards, and make a friend or two to show you the ropes.

Address: 412 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham, WA

 

Joint Planting Party with NSEA – Riverstead

Saturday, November 18 (9 AM – Noon)

Jump in for a joint planting party with NSEA (Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association) at Riverstead! We will be planting native trees and shrubs to improve the riparian zone to grow large trees that can one day interact with the river. Learn the story of this unique property and the growing South Fork habitat corridor, as well as about our amazing partnerships that help us with our restoration work here in Whatcom County.

Directions: Take Mt. Baker Hwy (SR 542) east past Deming. Turn right (south) on SR 9 to Acme. Park at Acme Elementary School on Turkington Road, NSEA will provide a shuttle to the site.

 

Planting Party & Scotch Broom Removal – Maple Creek Reach

Saturday, December 2 – (9 AM – Noon)

Whether you like the challenge of pulling scotch broom or the satisfaction of planting trees, there is something for everyone at Whatcom Land Trust’s Maple Creek Reach! This site is one of Whatcom Land Trust’s premier restoration projects, and volunteers will have the chance to learn about its history and help accelerate habitat restoration at the site. By participating in this work party, you will help us establish forests that can naturally stabilize the river and improve habitat for all five Pacific Salmon species that utilize the site.

Directions: Go east on Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) past Maple Falls. The property is on the right (south) side of the road, about ½ mile past Maple Falls just past Maple Creek bridge.

For additional information please contact Dennis Conner at the Whatcom Land Trust Office

 

Field Fridays – Fall 2017

 

What are Field Fridays?

Want to spend some time with the Stewardship Team and learn a bit more about some of the land trust conservation sites? Sign up for a Field Friday adventure held on the first Friday of the month! We have three to six seats open for volunteers to ride along for property monitoring, maintenance, and other stewardship activities. These are working days, and are generally more difficult than our work parties! Volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions and have tough, weather-appropriate footwear 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 (if ever!) seen by the public, learn about Whatcom Land Trust’s stewardship goals and processes, and participate in restoration activities.

 

Transportation to and from the site is provided. The truck will leave from the WLT office at 8 AM and will return no later than 4 PM. Please pack a lunch, water, weather-appropriate layers, and rain gear.

 

RSVP is required to participate on these Field Fridays, especially as the exact schedule may change due to weather conditions. Because we plan our activities around the volunteers expected, we must receive 48 hours’ notice for any cancellations.

 

Our Field Friday at the new property along the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River was a huge success! We had amazing volunteers armed with pulaskis and handsaws to cut English ivy off of more than 20 large trees, and to cut down a dozen holly trees.

Our new Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) Individual Placement, Julianne (on left), with two determined volunteers, Solvei and Janet. Behind them is the pile of cut holly trees.

Volunteer, Solvei, with a cut stem of English ivy removed from the Cottonwood tree behind her.

 

When and Where are Field Fridays?

November 3rd at Craver – Do you like off-trail hiking and doing a little bushwhacking to explore wild places? Join us for an annual site visit through our 106–acre property off Mosquito Lake Rd. This is an all-day multi-mile hiking adventure, so make sure and bring comfortable hiking shoes, long sleeves to protect your arms while bushwhacking, water to carry with you, and any snacks you made need along the journey!

 

December 1st at Maple Creek Reach – Help WLT behind the scenes with setting up for a work party and harvesting willow stakes for future planting. As we will primarily be cutting willow branches, it will be wet and comfortable rubber boots are recommended. We will also be completing any last minute tasks needed in preparation for our work party the following day.

HELP US PLAN!  RSVP to dennis@whatcomlandtrust.org

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

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers Make a Difference

WLT’s Volunteer Land Stewards

Our Volunteer Land Stewards are our eyes and ears on the ground.  They don’t need years of outdoor experience or a natural science degree, a love of the natural environments in the Pacific Northwest, basic documentation skills and the ability to act as an effective ambassador for Whatcom Land Trust are all we ask.

We currently have no openings in this program. Click HERE to sign up for our monthly e-news to stay informed of other opportunities.  There are lots of ways to participate!