Next stewards meeting is the 17th of April. Work party has been moved to the 26th of April
March Work Party
The third great work party in a row was held on Sunday as volunteers burned Scotch Broom on Rhodie Hill at the teaching wetland site, and chipped limbs along Old Loop Road from Deer Fern down to the Paper Birch hardwood patch. This months work party was moved to Sunday to accommodate volunteers and scouts. Beginning last fall, students from the CK Lighthouse program pulled and stacked Scotch Broom to get the new wetland site ready for native plants. A burn permit was obtained and CK Parks and CKFR approved it for a two week window. Fire fighting equipment and water was staged on Saturday and Sunday was a perfect day for a burn with no winds. We had anticipated enough volunteers to staff both projects, and a third project was conducted as the scouts worked independently on the bench installations at several locations within the park. Lunch was served at noon and the crew took a nice break next to the dying embers of Scotch Broom.
Plans to build a wetland and plant native species will be completed this spring and summer. Silverdale Rotary has funded the materials for the artificial wetland and stewards hope to get some WSU Master Gardeners interested in planting some ground cover
Students from CK Lighthouse joined stewards in the south end of the park to begin a 50 year riparian enhancement project. As is sadly the case everywhere in Kitsap County, the first thing to do is remove the noxious weeds. Once there is enough open space for sunlight to reach the ground, you need to plant native species. This area of the park has suffered substantial bear damage to 20 year old Douglas Fir trees. The bear needs sugar in the spring, and tree sap is high in sugar. If nothing else is available, bear will rip the bark off to get at the sugary sap. There are several hundred standing dead trees in this area that have been girdled by bear. We are planting Sitka Spruce instead of Douglas Fir in hopes of discouraging the bear. WDFW research on the Black Bear indicates they prefer Doug Fir. We will also plant Skunk Cabbage to give them a preferred spring forage. This riparian area is crucial to the return of Coho and Searrun Cutthroat to the park. These trees will provide afternoon shade for the nearby stream, keeping the water cool and well oxygenated. This is the first step in a long term project and we will keep you posted. Thanks to Meagan Acdal from KC Conservation District, Dalton M. from KSS Environmental Science class for help with the planting.
Scofflaws At Holly Gate
Warning, don't leave any valuables in your car if you park at the Holly Gate! Keep your eyes open for any suspicious activity near the gate. We pruned the trees back to increase the sight line from the road. Help us and fellow park users by being a good observer.
Tax Exempt Status Ok'd
I am pleased to announce that Friends of Newberry Hill Heritage Park is now a tax exempt organization and that donations to our organization are tax deductible. We are listed as a public charity. This will make us eligible for NGO grants, bequests and gifts to our organization that support our goals and objectives.
The trail committee picked the last overgrown section of Wildlife Trail as the target for February's work party. Stewards, US Navy and US Air Force volunteers joined forces to get the section from Bird Meadow/ Wildlife junction down to the wildlife platform in shape for people and horses. Earlier work parties had completed sections from the south up to Serenity Cove and from Bird Meadow south to the Wildlife Junction. The Hansville Greenway stewards gave us permission to use their big all terrain mower and it ate up a lot of salal making short work of the half mile stretch of trail. Pole saws, gas trimmers and chainsaws were used to buck up blow down, dead trees and remove overhanging vegetation. With lots of help it didn't take long to reach our destination at Serenity Cove.
While the bulk of the work party took care of the south end, President Coleman took the Eagle Scout candidates into the N250 to work on Wolf Ridge trail. Thank you volunteers! Lori Raymaker, Tom, Mike Nancy, Steve, Julie, Jessica, Melissa, Frank, Pat, Colen, Joanne, and Dennis
For a new trail map with mileages. click on PARK MAP icon under Useful Links
The most important feature of this park is you, our volunteers and stewards.