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

WLT always provides tools, gloves and light refreshments. Feel free to bring your favorites!  We only cancel for weather that presents dangerous conditions (high winds) or conditions that prevent us from working (frozen ground). Come ready for the elements!

 

2017 Spring Work Parties

  

Maple Creek Reach Scotch Broom Pull and Planting Party

Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day Celebration (9 AM – 1 PM)

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 Earth Day celebration at 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.

Maple Creek provides quality spawning and rearing habitat for all species of North Fork salmon, and the springs on site provide cool water to the off-channel streams, preventing temperatures from becoming dangerously high for salmon in the summer. On this volatile stretch of the North Fork Nooksack, erosion is wiping out the forests and side channels so important for local fish and animals. By participating in this work party, you will help us establish forests that can naturally stabilize the river and allow for the formation of side channel habitat.

 

After getting down and dirty for the work party, relax and celebrate at our Earth Day BBQ! This is our small way of thanking the volunteers that make our efforts to protect and restore the natural beauty of Whatcom County possible. Bring your rubber boots, or expect wet feet.

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.

 

Stimpson Nature Reserve Bio Blitz and Invasive Plant Control (max 25 each day)

Friday and Saturday May 12th and 13th (9 AM – 1 PM)

Join us for our second ever Bio Blitz at Stimpson Nature Reserve! Be prepared for off trail adventuring, as we will be traversing the park to take biological inventories and remove invasive plants.

 

Most Bellingham residents have walked the Stimpson Nature Reserve loop, but very few have had the opportunity to walk off-trail through the center of the property. With sandstone slopes, small wetlands, and diverse second-growth forest, the interior of the Reserve provides a beautiful picture of what the Lake Whatcom watershed may have looked like prior to human settlement. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to see the true biodiversity of the park, and help us keep invasive plants in check.

 

Last year’s event was a roaring success with volunteers raving about the experience. With updated monitoring protocols and some skilled Bio Blitz veterans, this year is bound to be just as exciting! With so much interest, we have decided to offer this great opportunity on both Friday and Saturday. Note that this event runs from 9 AM to 1 PM. Please bring a sack lunch and some good hiking boots!

Directions: Travel east on Lakeway Drive. Continue onto Terrace and then onto Cable Street. Turn right on Austin Street, then follow Lake Louise Road for 1.5 miles. Trailhead and parking lot will be on the left.

 

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.

 

Eventbrite - Earthday Volunteer Appreciation BBQ

 

 

 

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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!