Second Session of 2020 (2/8/20) …

On Saturday, February 8th work on the Pump House Trail continued. We enjoyed another session without rain, and great working conditions. Our eleven (11) volunteers did some very impressive work.

Pictured above, in addition to Jerry (on the left), three (3) SWHS students; Zoe, Romel and Marcelino, along with Germaine – of the SW City Council. So Sedro-Woolley was very well represented. We had four (4) new volunteers, with two (2) coming from Anacortes to help.

Please checkout our session gallery, and think about forming a guest group for the upcoming session. Thanks everyone for a great session!

Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 22nd.


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Rain, Rain and More Rain …

The above photo is NOT where we’re working Saturday, it is my driveway. The amount of rain we’re getting is truly amazing, but we do not cancel ‘due to rain.’

In our ten (10) years as a group we’ve cancelled twice; both times when conditions precluded access to our planned work. First at Little Mountain, when accumulated snow did not allow us to use the access road – and recently when a service road wasn’t passable.

We prefer nice weather, but inclement weather does not preclude doing good work. The worst rain is often short lived. We have been known to take breaks, during the worst of downpours, enjoying snacks and hot drinks (under an awning) – resuming work when it improves.

We take our work very seriously. We plan to continue holding sessions rain or shine. We encourage you to get up “the morning of a session” and make your own decision. Jerry made a suggestion, “If you have rain gear and boots, you might think about bringing them.” We’ll be there, setup – and ready to go…

Please join us this Saturday, February 8th!


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Our 2020 Sessions Begin (1/25/20) …

On Saturday, January 25th work on the Pump House Trail resumed. We enjoyed a break in the rain (for a day), so we had great working conditions. We had fun, our eleven (11) volunteers did some really good work.

Pictured above, Art explained what was planned for the session. The gallery shows us grubbing roots, contouring, transplanting ferns and moving rock. We had a wonderful lunch, provided by Leslie and Roger Estep.

After a cancellation, and a light turnout (this session), we need your help to get back on pace. We have two spots open for guest groups this month…

Please join us Saturday, February 8th.


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A recap of 2019, before launching the 2020 build year – Saturday (1/25) …

In our first year volunteering on the Northern State Regional Trails Project our group put in one thousand one hundred and seventeen (1,117) volunteer hours.

Together two “Guest Groups” put in two hundred and thirty-nine (239) hours, which was twenty-one (21) percent of 2019’s total volunteer hours.

Cascade Job Corps students and faculty attended five (5) sessions in 2019, volunteering one hundred and sixty-nine (169) hours – making them our “Top Guest Group.”

Skagit Valley College’s Wildland Firefighting Class was our first group in 2019, attending two (2) sessions, and contributing seventy-one (71) volunteer hours. We go way back, they were our first group at Little Mountain – and are scheduled to be our first group this year.

Varsity in Volunteerism (VIV), or Youth United, is also on our schedule. While they were not involved last year, we have a history with them, that like SVC – goes back to Little Mountain. On that project we had lots of groups attending “at least” one session each year. We sincerely hope that more groups get involved this year!

For 2020 we’ve doubled the number of sessions, along with our goals for volunteer hours and involved groups. There are lots of ways to help; volunteer, form a group, donate, provide lunch(es), or sponsor a session.

Help us break 2,000 volunteer hours this year!

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The Trails Plan for Early 2020 …

Skagit County Parks and Recreation hauled and spread eight (8) truck loads of crushed rock on the worst sections of the park’s service road. They bought more hand tools, serviced the power carrier, and provided the first of the trail signs we needed – so we’re all set. Thanks SCPR!

Highlighted is the Pump House Trail, which we expect to complete this Summer. Sections 1-3 have already been hand-finished, which is contouring the trail tread and applying ballast rock – as needed.

Sections 4 and 5 have been roughed-in, using a mini excavator. At the next volunteer session removing salmon berry roots will be the first task. After they are removed the final machine grading will be done – that will then make it possible for the final hand-finishing to be completed.

Rock walls will also be needed in a few areas; on sections 2, 3 and 5. The final trail capping is expected to begin in late Spring/Summer. With native plant restoration along the trail corridor, that’s planned for late Fall/early Winter.

Our next session is January 25th, with the Estep Family providing lunch. That’s starting the year off right!

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Session Cancellation (1/11/20) …

There was so much rain that the tools and portable toilet could not be moved to the trailhead. We hate canceling a session, but it was unavoidable.

We’re sorry, we’ll try again on Saturday 1/25.

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Job Corps Students – Top Guest Group of 2019. Congratulations!

Cascades Job Corps students and staff.

Job Corps on 12/14/19 broke their own single session record by eight (8) hours. It was also their fifth “Guest Group” appearance this year, which we’ve never had before – so that’s another record.

With their help we broke our volunteer hours goal, with 1,117 hours – and their group of twelve (12) helped us match the session record of twenty-six (26) volunteers.  It was another great session, as the photos show.

We still need a guest group for the upcoming session, might your group be interested?

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