Next stewards meeting is the 18th of June. Regular work party 20th of June.
June the 6th in the Klahowya Commons, 9AM til 3PM. Donations accepted Friday after 2:30PM. Proceeds from this sale are used by stewards on projects in the park.
Washington Conservation Corps Returns
The WCC crew returned for two more days in the park in May as part of our DNR Urban and Community Forest grant. They reduced fire fuels and improved trail aesthetics along the new section of Old Loop Road and at the junction of Fire Trail and Old Loop Road. Thanks to the hard working crew, Dori Leckner for use of the chipper, Bret Steck for chipper delivery, maintenance and pick up, Forester Arno Bergtrom and Miki McNaughton with DNR.
Rose Grant Field Work Completed
Our water mapping project is wrapping up and with the soil pH samples collected and measured the final report can be completed and submitted to interested agencies. The final report will be archived with KC Parks. All the GPS data points, mapping and soil sampling was funded by a grant from the Rose Foundation For Communities and the Environment. AES Consultants established survey reference points, compiled all the data collected by volunteers and produced a professional map that is being submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for inclusion on the states water mapping layers. The existing map does not show the correct location of the stream, and several important wetlands are not shown. Students from KSS collected soil samples at 6 stations to help in determining if these water bodies are Type B wetlands or bogs. The samples were taken to the chem lab and TRIS Compatible Flat pH Sensors purchased with Rose Foundation funds were used to determine pH. Special thanks to KSS staff Jobie Flint and Kim Hamblett for taking the time and planning necessary to complete this field visit and lab work.
Navy Crew Nixes Nasty Weeds
The US Navy is a stakeholder in our community and these young sailors, representing Naval Hospital Bremerton, put words into action on Wednesday May 6th. The volunteers from the Naval Hospital OR pulled Scotch Broom along Old Loop Road on the west side of the park. The abundant yellow flowering plants alongside all our county roads are a county and state listed noxious weed and have to go. They crowd out native vegetation, are a fire hazard when green and choke out trails. When we first started (See photo from July 17th 2010) to remove them, it was impossible to get through some logging roads and trails because they were completely overgrown with Scotch Broom. This spring stewards, friends and volunteers have increased focus on removing these plants and want to thank all who have helped.
Search and Rescue Training
It was a great day for a walk in the park, and why not do a little tracking practice while out and about. Central Kitsap Search and Rescue put BATMAN through his paces on Saturday 2 May. There is a lot more to rescuing someone than you would think, and training is a big part of the success of CKSAR. It wouldn't look good if you got lost while finding someone who is lost, or you destroyed evidence in what could be a crime scene.
Would you like some broom with that latte?
A huge thanks to Starbucks employees for volunteering their service to our park as part of Starbuck's Global Month of Service. Volunteers pulled noxious weeds in the Paper Birch meadow along Old Loop Road. This area had been pulled three years ago by KSS environmental club students and stewards. Old seeds continue to germinate and new plants were popping up in the full sunlight of the meadow. Rototilling would normally be used to get rid of the seedlings, but this area is an old gravel pit and attempts to roto-till resulted in many sheared pins and broken tines. Other than herbicides the only option was hand pulling. Starbucks volunteers tackled this odious task with enthusiasm and efficiency, and by noon had completely cleared the meadow. Special thanks to the Starbucks volunteers, KC Parks-Lori Raymaker, Starbucks-Sue Stiles and NHHP VP and Noxious Weed Chair-Joanne Corey for putting this together. We look forward to more partnering with Starbucks.
The new DR Field Mower, purchased with brush picking proceeds, has been put to work on Rhodie Hill and once the flowers along Old Loop have gone to seed, the mower will tackle Scotch Broom in the ditches and outside the road prism. One of our largest maintenance tasks, is the control of noxious weeds along the trails and logging roads in the park.
March Work Party
The March work party was a training session held in the park. Stewards were trained in the ICO system of thinning for wildlife habitat. Stewards received a handout of Derek Churchill's training notes and a log sheet for tracking Clumps, Biological Hotspots, Individual trees and Openings. Eight stewards broke into two teams and headed due north marking "take" trees and attempting to mimic natures randomness. The existing disturbed forest is very uniform and lacks diversity. By creating Individuals, Clumps and Openings we will give the forest about a 50 year head start on returning to a natural habitat.
KSS Honor Society
Seasoned hands and fresh recruits from Mrs. Langguth's 7th and 8th grade National Honor Society returned for more tree planting in the park. This is their second foray into the woods, and new recruits were taught how to plant Western Redcedar by the Kitsap County Forester Arno Bergstrom. The Klahowya Secondary School students planted shade tolerant trees in the skid rows where trees had been removed during last summers thinning operations. These trees are an important part of the multiple canopy concept for wildlife habitat. This years planting season has been abbreviated due to warmer temperatures making it less likely trees will survive if planted late into the spring. So far students, stewards. Washington Ecology Corps, and WSU Stream Stewards have planted about 600 Western Redcedar, 100 Red Alder, 200 Sitka Spruce, 230 Grand Fir, 20 Paper Birch, Snowberry, Nootka Rose, Tall Oregon Grape, Serviceberry, and many other mast producing species for birds.
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The most important feature of this park is you, our volunteers and stewards.