PLEASE keep dogs on leash....stay on trails. Thanks
Next stewards meeting is the 19th of May. Regular work party 21st of May.
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Smart Phone Map Now Available
Accurate mapping is essential to the safety of park patrons, and assists county emergency response personel when attempting to locate people in need of help. To that end, we have been working with AES Consultants on a downloadable map for people with smart phones using the free MAPRIKA app. Over a period of several years, Steve Ottmar mapped all the trails with a piggyback GPS system and created an accurate exhibit of the park and all trails. The map includes topographical contours created from Kitsap County LIDAR images. Known landmark coordinates were used to geo-anchor the map. If you want to download it to your phone run the MAPRIKA app, tap MORE MAPS, Search Maprika collection, and type in NHHP North in the search bar and download the map to your phone.
Newest Stream Stewards
After completing WSU Extension classroom and field trip requirements, Stream Stewards are required to volunteer for a minimum twenty five hours to complete their training. Karl Ericson, has elected to contribute his hours to Newberry Hill. Karl rebuilt the staff/crest gauges that monitor hydroperiods in the park. The original design is courtesy Suquamish Tribe (Tom Ostrom) and the original gauges were built by Klahowya Secondary School environmental science students. After sitting in the weather for three years, they needed a little attention. Karl replaced the rulers with ones that are easier to read from a distance, and repaired the wooden frame that holds them to the post. After a jaunt on his mountain bike in Green Mountain Forest, he helped install them at Culvert 5 and 18. I hope we can get Karl involved in another hydrology monitoring project in the park.
March is "In like a lion"
Strong winds gusting as high as 60 miles per hour knocked down many trees in the park. P weirii, Laminated root rot, is the reason for almost 90% of the windfalls. The saturated ground caused several of the tallest Doug fir trees to fall. So far over 40 have been removed from the trails, and more remain. Bobcat Run is still a mess and we will have to go back in with bigger chain saws than we brought today. The regularly scheduled work party was well attended and thanks to all who helped. We were able to get Old Timber Parkway, Wolf Ridge, Beaver Loop, Alder Pass, Big Cedar, Flying Eagle, Deer Fern and Old Loop Parkway back open. We will stick with it until all are clear.
CVN 68 USS Nimitz Volunteers
Welcome to Kitsap County, and thank you!. The USS Nimitz has recently been reassigned to home port in Bremerton. As a way of getting to know a bit about our community, and to become contributing members of our community, many sailors from the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department showed up for two huge work parties. On Tuesday the 9th of February they pulled Scotch Broom at the NHHP Parking Lot. This quick growing invasive plant displaces native plants. The removal project started at the Klahowya gate, and went down both sides of the entrance to Klahowya Secondary School. Once that was completed, they continued to pull along Newberry Hill Road all the way west to the Chevron station. On the way back to the parking lot they picked up litter along the parks northern boundary.
On Wednesday a second AIMD crew of volunteers returned to plant native plants in the Interactive Wetland on Rhodie Hill. This old gravel pit is being converted into a wetland and native plant area. Washington State University provided the plants (over 400) and delivered them to the site on Monday. The volunteers planted Kinnikinnic (Bearberry), Woodland Strawberry, Blue Eyed Grass, Native Crab Apple, Tall Oregon Grape, Oregon Grape (Mahonia), Rhododendron, and Pacific Waxmyrtle trees, Most of these plants are ground cover and will help control noxious weeds and invasive plants. Several are soft mast producers and will add to our mix of edibles for birds. This site is being developed as an educational asset for students and adults interested in native plants, water quality, macroinvertebrates and amphibians.
A special thank you to Ensign William Garske. His leadership style and hard working volunteers made for a productive two days. Thanks to the NHHP stewards for providing the Porta-Potti, to Parks Volunteer Coordinator Lorie Raymaker for the VIP trailer full of tools. Thanks to Renee and Ann from WSU for the quick response on the native plants.
UFRP Round Two, Week Four
Monday found the crew staging woody debris for the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group and planting trees in the North 250. Road construction for the thinning completed in 2014, left many slash piles along Old Timber Parkway. Unsightly slash piles were ripped apart along Old Timber and the debris was broadcast into the woods, while useful items were staged near the Blue Gate to be used for fish habitat enhancement. The root wads and stems will be placed in Big Beef Creek later this year. Shade tolerant, and disease resistant Western White Pine, and Western Redcedar were planted in and adjacent to forwarder trails created when the logs were removed .
Tuesday the crew planted trees most of the day, and built a fence in the afternoon. The fence blocks a haul road that will remain dormant for at least twenty years. The haul road is not a trail, and dead ends near the Camp Wesley Harris government fence. This area is part of a wildlife corridor. On Wednesday the crew cleared Rhodie Hill trail of logging debris, and cleared and stacked debris for chipping along Coyote Loop Trail down to post #35. On Thursday they completed clearing Coyote loop, and began to tackle Raven Trail in anticipation of reopening the trails for users once logging operations are completed in the near future. A small section of Coyote Loop remains to be cleared. This section is part of the log landing area, and haul operations are in progress.
UFRP Round Two, Week Three
All the limbs removed during pruning were staged along Old Loop Parkway and in Bird Meadow prior to chipping on the 19th. The crew worked on Monday, but not in Newberry. They were assigned to work on Clear Creek Trail with other WCC crews from the area in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. On Tuesday we chipped from the Holly Gate entrance up to and into Bird Meadow. All fire fuels within 20 feet of the trails were reduced to chips and returned to the woods. On Wednesday, the crew chipped along the east side of the park along Old Loop Parkway and Rhodie Hill (south). Wednesday we began to plant Western White Pine and Western Redcedar in the area that was recently thinned. 400 Young trees were placed in the woods among the Douglas Fir. On Thursday, tree planting began in the unit above the nursery with a total of 900 trees placed in the Hemlock/Doug Fir forest. These shade tolerant trees resist Laminated Root Rot as well as form an intermediate canopy for more diverse habitat.
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The most important feature of this park is you, our volunteers and stewards.