Next stewards meeting is on ZOOM 3rd Thursday each month. Work Party two days later.

Youth Acadamy

Dress Right Dress!

Thanks to Aaron Bartleson for coordinating this great group of young men to help with our Scotch Broom invasion. 42 young men from The Washington Youth Acadamy worked a full day and cleared the area around Birch Meadow. Scotch Broom produces a biochemical agent (allelopathy) that prevents other plants from germinating near them. This area, in June, is usually filled with Tiger Lillies and Golden Trumpet Honeysuckle but over the past two years the broom has crowded them out. We hope to see some wildflowers here in late May early June. "At ease" men, Bravo Zulu


24 Enlisted men and junior officers from the USS Alabama put some teeth into the Applesauce Gangs bite. Our districts Natural Resource Manager, Aaron Bartleson, put this group together and we worked the Blue Hills Parkway from county road 25 down to the Garry Oak patch. One day this will be a majestic view while hiking to Belfair through the Green Mountain Forest.

Applesauce Gang Gets Teeth

Work crew

The gang was spotted on Rhodie Hill attacking Scotch Broom this past Wednesday. We would like to welcome new gang members Grayson and Michelle to our Wednesday work parties.

Before and After

January Work Party

It's a party anytime you get a chance to whack some Cytisus scoparius. We had a large group of KSS honor students working on Deer Fern Trail. The students were split into two groups, with one group starting on the north end and a second group worked from the south.

Beaver Activity

Old Loop Parkway is partially flooded during heavy rain events due to beaver plugging the 36 inch culvert near the Deer Fern and Old Loop junction . This culvert, Culvert 5, was replaced two years ago and the parkway elevated to reduce periodic flooding Beaver have moved into this area to forage during the winter months while their main food supply in the large pond gets a chance to recover. We will not clear the culvert until the open water hydroperiod has ended (Probably July or August). Please be patient and enjoy their antics.

Final Push

Great group of helpers this morning made the final push prior to Saturdays plant. Bring on the trees.

New Volunteer

Curious Coyote cautiously watched me this morning. I got him to come closer by holding still and whistling.

Trees Ready


Trees and browse protection have been purchased and staged for the fast approaching planting date! Chipping and trash removal will continue tomorrow and on the 18th of October.

Garry Oak Update

Volunteers are on schedule to have the planting site ready by the 21st of October. Ladder fuels were removed from the east side of the meadow and a legacy dump site was cleared today.. Thanks to Dawn, Eric, Arno, Frank and David for helping today. More to follow.

garbage removal

Park Map

Kitsap County Parks is currently developing uniform interactive maps for all its parks. The MAPRIKA app has been removed from this website as it is no longer available in the APPLE App Store. If you have the app, it should still work for now. We hope to have an official map soon, and will provide a link on our website for you when it becomes available.

Earth Day Work Party

Best work party in several years! Thanks to Kitsap Bank and all their volunteers. Several miles of Scotch Broom was removed along Old Loop Parkway and several vandalized signs were replaced. Aaron Bartleson led a chipping crew and reduced a lot of snow damaged limbs to chips on Old Loop and in Birch Meadow. Tom Coleman, Frank Stricklin, and Pat Stricklin led three Scotch Broom teams and Lori Raymaker made and installed the trail signs. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.

March Work Party

Great turnout of hard workers accompanied by great support from county parks chipped a lot of fire fuel on Saturday. The heavy wet snow crushed a lot of hardwoods in the park this past winter creating a fire hazard for the coming dry season. Friends and Stewards cleaned up the trails and stacked the broken branches along Old Loop over the past few weeks. We have one or two more days of chipping remaining, but it seemed like an impossible task until help arrived. Thanks! Aaron Bartleson and volunteers. Chipper

February Work Party

A small but dedicated group of volunteers and stewards attacked Scotch Broom along Old Loop Parkway. Some came from as far away as Chile. Thank you Right to left: Julian (Exchange student), Nancy, Pat, Tom, Joel, KSS Honor Student Kaylee.

Culvert Cleaning

In order to comply with the Forests and Fish Law our 31 culverts are checked and cleared in late September before the rains arrive. We wait this long to allow standing water to be available for life forms requiring surface water. Culvert 5 was plugged by the beaver last winter, but the added road fill kept the water from flooding out the trail.

Bill cleaning culvert 5

Frank It took several hours to remove debris from this 36 inch culvert.
Work crew

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Stewards Work Party

All photography provided by volunteers.