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September 11th, 2021…

We started the 2021/22 trail building season by crushing our goal for the session…
The Slabodnik family, from left – Robert, Zoe and Ellie. Thanks for your help!

On September 11th fourteen (14) volunteers completed all the work that was planned for the session work by lunchtime. It was great!

The worst ivy and holy was removed, then 20-30 yards of chips (seen in a prior post) was spread over low growing vegetation.

Next session, September 25th, a Guest Group is needed. To complete what’s planned will require a good turnout. Beginning in October we plan to be working on the Pump-house Trail.

A special thanks to the City of Sedro-Woolley for their support, materials and the loader.

Please email us to get involved. Thanks!

Prepared for Saturday’s session

Above, Travis (a park user) and his son, stand before Saturday’s (9/11) volunteer project.

Today, on September 7th, we determined that Saturday’s sole focus will be on restoration work at Thompson Pond. Please give us a hand.

Travis (above) stands before 20-30 yards of wood chips. They will be spread over “ground growing” ivy, which is the first step of the process.

Special sessions, “to build the bridge” are being planned. If interested please contact us...

Pump-house Bridge Project…

Above is Hill Creek, where the bridge is being built. Can you see the old pump-house?
The southern tip of 60-70 acres, surrounded by Hansen and Hill Creeks. The trail will run its length, to the northern park boundary.

The new bridge and trail will double the length of the Pump-house Trail and meander through one of the prettiest places in the park. We’re excited to start, the bridge materials just arrived.

Saturday’s session, on Sept. 11th session – we’ll be working at Thompson Pond.

To signup please email us...

June 26th, 2021…

Clearing a stockpile area, to store varied sizes of crushed rock – for use on the next trail…
Here the brush is piled for burning this fall…

On June 26th, due to a solid volunteer turnout, we achieved our session goal by 2:00 pm. While it was CRAZY HOT we managed to clear the concrete pad, see our photos. We removed debris, brush, steel, and overhanging tree limbs.

We’re preparing to begin work on our next bridge and trail. Skagit County Parks and Rec. will be hauling in and staging the building materials.

The upcoming trail project will double the length of the Pump-house Trail. Following our summer break, “regularly scheduled” sessions will resume on September 11th.

Hopefully by then sessions can get back to “near normal.” Our friends Leslie and Roger Estep, if health guidelines permit, plan to provide one of their wonderful homemade lunches.

Now, on August 8th, plans for sessions are being made. To signup please email us. Thanks!

June 12th, 2021…

Craig (above) ready to resume the capping…
And here, the Brickyard Creek Trail is DONE!

On June 12th, with a light turnout, we had a very productive session. We finished the Brickyard Creek Trail, that’s on Port of Skagit Property.

We also worked at the Dovetail Bridge, improving the area at the bridge entrance. Both as the restoration team, at Thompson Pond, removed ivy debris and placed wood chips.

This was written about by Vince Richardson, and recently appeared in the Skagit Valley Herald.

At the June 26th session we are getting ready to build another bridge, and double the length of the Pump-house Trail. To prepare for this work we are clearing a large area to stockpile rock.

This is our last session before summer break. This session “all volunteers” earn a STB shirt!

To signup please contact us. Thanks!

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Volunteer spots for Saturday, June 12th are available. Please contact us to volunteer…

May 22nd, 2021…

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Our Saturday, May 22nd session went extremely well. Kalin, Jerry and Lindsey (above) worked at Thompson Pond. Kalin and Lindsey spread chips, to suppress ivy growth, as Jerry (center photo) hauled away the ivy debris.

As these photos show (Adam’s) other work was being done. Thank you Adam for stepping up, to be trained as our photographer. Thank you Terry Afdem for all of your help over the years!

Openings for the June 12th session remain!

Please contact us to become a volunteer, or like us on Facebook.

 

May 18th, 2021…

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Tuesday, May 18th Amos, Jerry, Art (from left to right) and I took on a special project. We moved a Japanese Maple, and a couple shrubs from a house in Sedro-Woolley to the Pump-house Trail.

They had outgrown their planters and home. It turned out to be a significant undertaking, as these additional photos show…

Special projects like this can be very fulfilling!

 

May 15th, 2021

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Machine work “to get ready” was required…
 
We’re ready for the May 22nd session. For more photos click special session photos.
 
To volunteer please contact us, and follow us on Facebook. Thanks!

May 8th, 2021…

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Ivy, Ivy and more Ivy – at Thompson Pond…
 
May 8th most of us worked on Ivy at the pond. Pictured above, Dean Taylor and Jerry Granahan at the dumpster. Others can be seen at work in our May 8th session gallery.
 
Removing sod to connect the Brickyard Creek Trail to the pond will be done this weekend. So next session, on May 22nd – we will be capping, and doing bridge and restoration work. 
 
Openings on the session roster remain, please email us to sign up… Thanks!