Next stewards meeting is the 20th of March. Work party the 22nd of March
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 prefered 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.
Scoflaws 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 suspicous 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
Productive Work Party
We had a great turnout for the first monthly work party of 2014. Special thanks to Keith Asbury of Asbury Topsoil for loaning us his chipper, especially considering all the things going on with his day job. Also special thanks to Joanne Corey for the great lunch. Chipping started around 9AM with the CK Lighthouse students to let them get a feel for chipper operations and a chance for stewards to watch them work. They did a great job and followed all the safety rules, so we moved down Old Loop toward KSS trail. We joined forces with the rest of the work party at 10AM and settled in to making chips. Earlier, the KC Forester and Stream Stewards had pruned Old Loop up to Fire Trail and piled limbs near the south terminus of KSS trail to augment chipping. Thank you volunteers! Joel, Nick, Nick, Sal, Lynn, Steve, Tom, Joanne, Colen, Dave, Mike, Nancy, Frank, Pat, Dennis, Bob, and Matt.
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The most important feature of this park is you, our volunteers and stewards.