Next stewards meeting is the 16th of April. Regular work party moved to the 25th of April to accommodate Starbucks volunteers.
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.
February Work Party
With a big hand from Lori Raymaker (KC Parks) stewards chipped fire fuels with the beast mode chipper. Lori brought out the county's diesel powered chipper for us. Standing dead trees were removed and staged from an area near Hidden Gate by the DNR crew in January. The chipper made light work of the trees, and stewards were able to reduce all the dead tees to chips and chip additional debris from along Old Timber for about a quarter mile. Thanks to all who helped. Dennis, Frank, Pat, Tom, Kelby, Colen, Jo, Zak, Chris, Lori
DNR Urban and Community Forest Grant
FONHHP applied for and received a grant from DNR for a riparian restoration project, and other restoration projects within the park. Funding was provided for a Puget Sound Corps crew to work the entire month of January. Crews worked 4 ten hour days, each week, pulling Scotch Broom, reducing ladder fuels, pruning Western White Pine to reduce the spread of Blister Rust, planting trees and many other tasks.
The crew began with the daunting task of removing Scotch Broom from a large meadow to prepare for planting Sitka Spruce and Grand Fir. Once the meadow was cleared, the crew moved to Old Loop Road on the west side of the park and pruned Western White Pine, removed Scotch Broom and blackberry vines. Working north, they planted Western Redcedar in the obliterated spur road behind Klahowya and in the large root rot pocket at Fire Trail and Old Loop junction. Continuing north, they removed ladder fuels and pruned Western White Pine trees in the area behind CKFR Station 56.
The crew spent two days removing Scotch Broom and pruning the nursery laydown area and building a raised bed for salvaged native plants. CK Litehouse students built the fence and installed a gate, and stewards removed the old tank trap at the entrance. Working on the west end of Old Timber, the crew removed standing dead timber and staged it for chipping later this spring. The crew moved back south and removed ladder fuels and standing dead trees from the riparian area adjacent to the un-named tributary to Wildcat Creek. With the arrival of the Sitka Spruce and Grand Fir trees the crew switched back into planting mode, and carefully prepped roots, planted and tagged each tree.
Hats off to the crew. Thanks for your hard work.
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