Work Parties
Work Parties
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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 6 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 fall and spring 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 jumpstart your morning. Gloves and tools are available, though bring your own if you would like! 

Volunteer-Led Work Parties

We are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers to assist us in restoration and land management of our properties. About a dozen volunteers have attended a training to lead their own small work parties on properties they know. Some of the volunteers are frequently available throughout the week while others are only available on the weekends. If you are interested in attending one of these work parties, please take a look at THIS LIST to RSVP with the volunteer leader.

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 6 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 fall work parties, download [This Work Party List]



Work Parties – Fall/Winter 2020

Planting & Caging – Kelsey
Saturday, November 14th (9am – Noon)
Kelsey is a beautiful 20-acre fish and wildlife habitat reserve just northeast of Lake Terrell. The previously farmed property contains a portion of Butler Creek, hosts a variety of wildlife, and was the second-ever donated property to the Land Trust in 1991. We will be planting native trees and shrubs and constructing and installing caging for cedars. The planting area is about ¾ of a mile in from the parking area. Don’t forget to RSVP!
Tools Suggested: Shovel, wire cutters/pliers, hand pruners, and/or rubber mallet.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 6329 North Star Road, Ferndale, WA
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!


English Ivy Removal – Lower Middle Fork Complex
Saturday, November 21st (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!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad, trowel, hand pruners, and/or handsaw.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5391 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA
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.


Planting – Fenton
Saturday, December 5th (9am – Noon)
The Fenton Nature Reserve is 70 acres of habitat in Custer that is home to various wildlife due to its diversity including a pond, meadow, a portion of Haynie Creek, and a mature forest that was mostly preserved by the previous owners; and we are grateful they did! As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to see and contribute to the true biodiversity of this property by helping to plant native conifers along Haynie Creek. Note this area is often swampy, so rubber boots are recommended. Don’t forget to RSVP!
Tools Suggested: Shovel and/or hand pruners.
Address: Valley View Road & McGee Road, Custer, WA
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.


Invasive Removal – Bell Creek
Saturday, December 12th (9am – Noon)
This property contains riparian habitat, a field, and a portion of Bell Creek, a tributary to the North Fork Nooksack River. This 25-acre gem is visited by few as you need a WLT representative present to access the site. If we’re lucky and get the timing just right, the bald eagles will be visible in the trees as they frequent the area in the winter months. This work party will focus on invasive removal in the restoration plantings, including vinca, English ivy, and blackberry. Don’t forget to RSVP!
Tools Suggested: Kneeling pad, trowel, and/or loppers.
Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5665 Mt. Baker Highway, Deming, WADirections: From Bellingham, head east on Mt. Baker Highway to Welcome. Within a mile after the Welcome Grocery Store, take a right on Bell Creek Road. Continue towards the bend and take the driveway entrance on the right for 5665. Staff will direct you where to park.

Please RSVP to Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org 


Past Work Parties

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!