Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW) Blog

VOW trains our volunteers to be stewards of the environment. We partner with land managers to build trails, restore habitat, and preserve Washington State's rich heritage.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hello all,

 

This Saturday, June 4 is National Trails Day!

 

Come out with VOW on one of three projects we are collaborating on this year.

I90 Corridor on the Ira Spring Trail, Skykomish Ranger District Iron Goat Trail, and King County Parks Taylor Mountain

 

Ira Spring Trail, Exit 45, I90

The following from Annik Wolfe:

 

It looks like the weather may be decent this year so come on and help out this Saturday. 

It's a 50 minute drive from Seattle.  At the end of the work day there will be a free picnic and all volunteers will get a T-shirt.  This event will run 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

You can sign up at http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp and find the event on the "Calendar."

You can also email annikw@gmail.com or call 206-368-2688.

This trail maintenance project will be mostly repairing water damage to the trail over the winter and parallel ditching

Directions: Drive I-90 east and take Exit 45.  Turn left and follow the road (keeping left) for 3.8 mile where it ends at the Ira Spring Trail trailhead. 

 

Skykomish Ranger District Iron Goat Trail

The following from Tom Davis:

 

The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service is seeking volunteers to

Repair winter storm damage on Saturday, June 4, on the Iron Goat Trail.

Work is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers are to meet at the Martin Creek trailhead.

The work party will be treated to a cookout with burgers and hotdogs after the job.

Sign up at www.trailvolunteers.org or call 206-517-3019.

 

King County Parks Taylor Mountain

VOW is joining up with Friends of Cedar River and REI Tukwila Store on this project

The following from Nisa  Karimi with Friends of Cedar River:

 

When: Saturday, June 4th from 9am to 1pm

Where: Taylor Mountain Forest, southeast of Issaquah.  Parking at the main entrance, please see the directions below.

 About the Project:

Taylor Mountain Forest borders the protected Cedar River Municipal Watershed, the direct source of clean drinking water for over one million residents in King County.  Taylor Mountain Forest contains ponds, wetlands, streams, and is a critical wildlife corridor that connects Tiger Mountain and the protected Cedar River Watershed; home to bear, elk, cougars, bobcats, wood duck, cutthroat trout, and western toads! 

For National Trails Day, volunteers will be working on improving the trails for hikers, bikers, or horse-riders, and also brushing back the trails. 

All ages and skills welcome. Lunch will also be provided for this event thanks to support from REI and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington.  

What to bring: Please dress for the weather, wear boots or sturdy shoes and bring snacks and a refillable water bottle.  We will provide all tools and gloves for your use

 

Directions to Taylor Mountain Forest, southeast of Issaquah

Parking area is located south of Interstate 90 and east of State Route 18, in the community of Hobart.  The parking area is off 276th Avenue Southeast, near the intersection of State Route 18 and the Issaquah-Hobart Road.

 

Directions from I-90:

Take exit 17 for Front St toward E Lk Sammamish/Parkway SE

Turn right onto Front St N 

Continue onto Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast for approx 6.9 miles

Turn left at SE 188th St

Destination will be on the right

 

Directions from Renton/Maple Valley

Head southeast on WA-169 (Maple Valley Hwy) S

 Take WA-18 E toward N Bend

Take the exit toward Hobart/Issaquah

Turn right onto 276th Ave SE

Turn left at SE 188th St

Destination will be on the right

 

Google maps will show the location by entering   276th Avenue Southeast, near the intersection of State Route 18 and the Issaquah-Hobart Road.

 

You can sign up on the REI Tukwila store web page, events section at http://www.rei.com/stores/78

 

More items, Maybe of interest

 

Update on Grace Cole Nature Trail in Lake Forest Park.  The trail has been completed thanks to help many (neighbors, UW, Shorecrest Highschool, etc.).  We spread the last of the gravel using a motorized wheel barrow.  Then we pinned in jute matting on the slopes and replanted ferns through the matting.  Come check it out when you get a chance. 

 

Friends of Cedar River  2nd annual Fly Fishing Event

Saturday, June 11 ~ 9:00am- 2:00pm Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area~ Renton

Come spend the morning helping restore critical habitat for spawning salmon and other wildlife at King County Parks, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area.  Afterward, enjoy our other workshops and activities including:

Fly fishing lessons and instruction, casting and tying demonstrations for beginners and the avid angler--extra equipment available for beginners!

Guest presentations by fisheries biologist, Aaron Bosworth from WDFW and Cam Sigler, guide for local and destination saltwater fly fishing.  Stream insect identification labs.  Smoked salmon and catered lunch will be provided!

Don't miss this fun, educational, interactive event for all ages and angles! A special thanks to Emerald Water Anglers, Loki Fish Co., REI, Whole Foods, Northwest Fly Anglers, Overlake Fly Club, and Trout Unlimited

 

Burien Parks has an Ivy [and more] Out in Shorewood Park on Saturday June 11, 2011 contact Lisa at the Parks Department at (206) 988-3700 for more information.

 
GET OUTDOORS!!

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington

12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hello All,

 

VOW is very much in need of you help for next three Saturdays (9AM - 2:30PM).  We are finishing the new trail in Grace Cole Nature Park in the City of Lake Forest Park in the Seattle suburbs. 

The work party focus will be shoveling sand for a new path, gravelling and invasive plant removal. 

This is an in-town event and be sure to bring a lunch, water, and rain gear.  Be prepared to (maybe) get dirty as well as have a good time well spent. 

The event can also earn you community service credit hours and definitely bragging rights. 

For more information, call 206-368-2688 or sign up at: http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp   click on “Calendar” at the top right of the page and then “choosing an event”.

 

The Iron Goat Trail

The Iron Goat Crew Leader Training/opening work party is this Saturday, May 7. Sign up on the VOW web site calendar section and we hope to see you there.

 

The Skykomish Ranger Station is having an open house on Friday June 10, 2011 from 1 to 6 pm. Meet the new District Ranger Joe Neal and the announcement flyer hints that an appearance of Smokey the Bear is anticipated.

 

The Iron Goat Trail – American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation is coming up the Second week in July, 7-16.  We will be stating at the Mountaineers Stevens Pass lodge and are planning to work out of the Martin Creek/Kelley Creek Trailheads on the new expansion. This will be the 15 year for the Iron Goat Trail AHS Volunteer Vacation and it gets better each year. Contact us if you would like to come up for the week or just a day or two.

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will be applying again for a Washington State Recreational and Conservation Office (RCO) grant for the Kelley Creek Expansion on the Iron Goat Trail. Federal funds through RCO Recreational Trails Program grants have provided critical funding for the project. If you would like more information please contact the office.

 

National Trails Day is coming up on June 4!

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will be participating in three National Trails Day events on Saturday June 4 on the Iron Goat Trail, The Ira Spring Trail with the Foothills Branch of the Mountaineers and Taylor Mountain (near Issaquah) with the Friends of Cedar River Watershed and King county Parks.

 

All three events will have a volunteer celebration following the work party. Mark your calendar and we will have more details later

 

Announcements, Maybe of Interest

 

The Friends of Cedar River Watershed is having a special work party:

The Great Seven Acre Knotweed Smack-down!

Cedar River Municipal Watershed

Saturday, May 21 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Cedar River Watershed provides clean drinking water for over one million residents in King County.  Underneath the lush forest lays the remains of old pipes, clay, and coal from the historic industrial town of Taylor (1892-1947).  The famous Taylor bricks made in from this town are found in building that still stand today across the west coast.  Unfortunately, invasive knotweed has overtaken 7 acres of the historic town-site.  Volunteers will help with this Great Seven Acre Knotweed Smack-down.  Please email nisa@cedarriver.org to register

 

The Mt Baker Snoqualmie RD announced the following event for this Saturday, May 7

Hike, Bike, Boat

What: Youth and adults from YouthCare, Tukwila Elementary, Outdoors for All and Wild and Scenic Institute will hike, bike and boat while learning about rivers, salmon and forest ecology.  

When: May 7, 10 a.m.

Who: About 50 youth, 20 volunteers, YouthCare, Tukwila Elementary, Outdoors for All, Wild and Scenic Institute, and US Forest Service.

Where: Clear Creek Campground.

Directions: The campground is 3.5 miles south of Darrington along the Mountain Loop Highway.

Contact: Coordinate in advance with Aleta Eng, 425.783.6017, aeng@fs.fed.us

Coordinate on site with Kelly Sprute, 425.512.5867

 

Burien Parks is having another Adopt a Park event on Saturday, 5/14 at the Salmon Creek Ravine at the SW Sewer Plant Entrance 12550 Shorewood DR SW Contact Burien Parks at 206 988 3700 for more information.

 

An important Reminder About English Ivy:

The King County Noxious Weed Board strongly encourages control of English Ivy where possible and containment of spread if control is not feasible.  Also, planting English Ivy is discouraged and it is recommended that non-invasive alternatives be used to reduce further negative impacts of this plant in King County.  For more info go to:

http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-
weeds/weed-identification/english-ivy.aspx

 

Today is May 4 and is occasionally known as Stars Wars Day as in “May the 4th be with you” The phrase was used in 1978 to congratulate Margret Thatcher on her election as prime minister in the London Evening News. (I know this is dumb, but I could not resist it). Anyway, it is a nice day and spring is finally here!

 

GET OUTDOORS!!

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington

12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hello All,

VOW is celebrating National Public Lands Day this Saturday, September 25, with a special Iron Goat Trail work party followed by a celebration & cook out at the Skykomish City Ball Park. There will be free food and a special speech by a representative from the USDA.

From Dennis Evans, the details

Iron Goat Trail Needs Volunteers National Public Lands Day

Work on historic site, attend BBQ, earn free recreation pass!

Who: Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District.

What: National Public Lands Day work party on the Iron Goat Trail.  Volunteers are needed to work on the Iron Goat Trail historic ADA accessible trail within the Stevens Pass Historic District. Volunteers will work cutting back brush and improving the wheelchair accessible tread along the trail that was built on the abandoned Great Northern Railway grade. 

Volunteers will receive a “fee free” day use or entrance fee pass for use at federal land management agencies (USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Corp of Engineers, and US Fish & Wildlife Service).

When: Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free BBQ for volunteers at 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Meet 9 a.m. at the Martin Creek Trailhead.

Directions: Take the Stevens Pass Highway, U.S. 2, to milepost 55, 6 miles east of the town of Skykomish or to milepost 58.3 at Scenic (5.6 miles west of the summit). Turn north on to the Old Cascade Highway, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Road #67. Proceed to the junction with USFS Road #6710 (2.3 miles from milepost 55 or 1.4 miles from milepost 58.3). Turn onto USFS Road #6710 and proceed 1.4 miles to the Martin Creek trailhead parking lot.

Contact:

Call Dennis Evans for more information at 360-652-4459 or email evans.dennis@frontier.com.

Sign up on the Volunteers for Outdoor Washington website and select the National Public Lands Day work party at:  http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp  

Background:

The Iron Goat Trail has hosted the National Public Lands Day event for over ten years.  We will also commemorate the legacy of Ruth Ittner, the “godmother” of the Iron Goat Trail who passed away in June.  Through Ruth’s tireless efforts in marshalling over 125,000 hours of volunteer labor, raising funds and donations, and coordinating interpretive and educational projects Volunteers of Washington has built more than 10 miles of the Iron Goat Trail.  The Martin Creek phase was dedicated 1993, then Wellington in 2000, and Scenic Interpretive site in 2006.  Work is ongoing on the next phase of the trail to the Horseshoe Tunnel area.

The now abandoned Great Northern Railway grade was built in the early 1890s. Today’s Iron Goat Trail follows the section abandoned in 1929 when the “new” Cascade Tunnel was opened with its western portal at Scenic, Washington.  In 1976, the area was designated by the National Register of Historic Places as the Stevens Pass Historic District.  In 1983, the American Association of Civil Engineers designated the area as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Since 1929 the land has recovered and features a wide variety of habitats and is a popular wildflower hike.  Visitors enjoy the many tunnels, snow shed remnants, and fascinating history of the Great Northern Railway and their struggle to construct a railroad with the Stevens Pass Historic District.  The trail features more than 50 interpretive sign panels, 10 miles of hiker-only trail with five miles ADA accessible, three trailheads and numerous loop opportunities.

Other items of Interest

Planning is getting underway at VOW to construct the second half of the Grace Cole Nature Trail in Lake Forest Park this winter.

 

The Washington Native Plant Society is having their fall plant sale October 16, 10:00 to 4:00 at Magnuson Park Building 30, Magnuson Park 6310 NE 74th Street Seattle Native bulbs, seed, and plants native to Washington State, mostly the Puget Sound Trough. Indoor sale, rain or shine. Includes books and gifts, and expert assistance. A list of the plants is at:

http://www.wnps.org/chapter_info/documents/WebsiteSpeciesList9-21-10.pdf

There will be an Iron Goat Trail volunteer recognition event and work summary again this year at the REI flagship store on November 15. More details later.

On Wednesday, December 1, The Mountains to Sound Greenway is having their Annual Dinner at Bell Harbor Convention Center on the Seattle waterfront beginning at 6:00pm. Timothy Eagan is the special guest speaker. There has been some discussion of claiming a VOW table there for the event. Contact the office if you would like to join us.

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Monday, September 6, 2010 

Hello All,

Iron Goat Trail Needs Volunteers National Public Lands Day
Work on historic site, attend BBQ, earn free recreation pass

What: National Public Lands Day work party on the Iron Goat Trail.  Volunteers are needed to work on the Iron Goat Trail historic ADA accessible trail within the Stevens Pass Historic District. Volunteers will work cutting back brush and improving the wheelchair accessible tread along the trail that was built on the abandoned Great Northern Railway grade.  

Volunteers will receive a “fee free” day use or entrance fee pass for use at federal land management agencies (USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Corp of Engineers, and US Fish & Wildlife Service).

When: Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free BBQ for volunteers at 3 p.m.

Who: Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District.

Where:  Meet 9 a.m. at the Martin Creek Trailhead.
Directions: Take the Stevens Pass Highway, U.S. 2, to milepost 55, 6 miles east of the town of Skykomish or to milepost 58.3 at Scenic (5.6 miles west of the summit). Turn north on to the Old Cascade Highway, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Road #67. Proceed to the junction with USFS Road #6710 (2.3 miles from milepost 55 or 1.4 miles from milepost 58.3). Turn onto USFS Road #6710 and proceed 1.4 miles to the Martin Creek trailhead parking lot.

Contact:
Call Dennis Evans for more information at 360-652-4459 or email evans.dennis@frontier.com.

Sign up on the Volunteers
for Outdoor Washington website and select the National Public Lands Day work party at:  
http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp

Other: This is an important event for the Iron Goat Trail. We expect at least one VIP from the Forest Service administration in DC to be in attendance, and we want to make this a successful outing for everyone concerned. Please consider volunteering for this work party.


Background:
The Iron Goat Trail has hosted the National Public Lands Day event for over ten years.  We will also commemorate the legacy of Ruth Ittner, the godmother of the Iron Goat Trail who passed away in June.  Through Ruth’s tireless efforts in marshalling over 125,000 hours of volunteer labor, raising funds and donations, and coordinating interpretive and educational projects Volunteers of Washington has built more than 10 miles of the Iron Goat Trail.  The Martin Creek phase was dedicated 1993, then Wellington in 2000, and Scenic Interpretive site in 2006.  Work is ongoing on the next phase of the trail to the Horseshoe Tunnel area.

The now abandoned Great Northern Railway grade was built in the early 1890s. Today’s Iron Goat Trail follows the section abandoned in 1929 when the “new” Cascade Tunnel was opened with its western portal at Scenic, Washington.  In 1976, the area was designated by the National Register of Historic Places as the Stevens Pass Historic District.  In 1983, the American Association of Civil Engineers designated the area as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Since 1929 the land has recovered and features a wide variety of habitats and is a popular wildflower hike.  Visitors enjoy the many tunnels, snowshed remnants, and fascinating history of the Great Northern Railway and their struggle to construct a railroad with the Stevens Pass Historic District.  The trail features more than 50 interpretive sign panels, 10 miles of hiker-only trail with five miles  ADA accessible, three trailheads and numerous loop opportunities.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hello All,

VOW received sad news last weekend

 

Ruth Ittner, a VOW founding member and long time Iron Goat Trail project coordinator passed away on Thursday, June 3 from a reoccurrence of her lymphoma.

 

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm, June 27 (a Sunday) at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle

 

Her obituary appeared in Saturday’s Seattle times and can be read online at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012094632_ittnerobit12m.html

 

Dennis Evans, the current Iron Goat Trail coordinator provided the following remembrance:

 

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Ruth Ittner died on Thursday, June 3, 2010. She was 92.

 

So few words, so much import.

 

How does one express in just a few lines how much those words mean? For those of us who knew her, the few lines aren’t necessary. For those of us who did not know her, a few lines won’t begin to convey what she meant to us and what she accomplished for us.

 

Most of us knew Ruth through her association with VOW and particularly through her participation in the management of the Iron Goat Trail Project. It is true that Ruth did not build the trail without help, but it also true that without Ruth the trail probably would not have happened.

 

Ruth’s contribution to the trail was not in the construction of the miles of dirt and gravel path wending through the woods. Truth be told, Ruth actually did very little of that work. What Ruth did was something that most of us would have considered almost impossible and many of us would have rejected out of hand as being too difficult. Ruth was instrumental in overall planning of the trail and in planning and arranging financing for three significant trailheads and a large expensive footbridge. She worked on developing an interpretive plan and interpretive signs, a guidebook and a DVD. Without those contributions, the dirt path through the woods would have been meaningless. Ruth was also our “mother hen”. Before she became unable to come up to the trail on a regular basis, you could count on Ruth’s presence, giving directions, correcting mistakes. Every time I think of what she did in those areas I am staggered. Ruth dared to think of and then provide solutions that very few of us would even have considered. Is there anyone who believes that would have happened without Ruth?

 

When Ruth asked me several years ago to take over for her as the Iron Goat Trail Project Coordinator I remember thinking that I could not possibly succeed her. No one could ever “replace” Ruth and, of course, I haven’t. I am simply following the path that Ruth plotted so well so many years ago.

 

I am told that before she died Ruth told her niece that she was glad the Iron Goat Trail was finished before she died. So are we, Ruth.

 

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Sheridan Botts received notice of Ruth’s death from Ruth’s niece, Elizabeth Heldele who will be making the arrangements for the memorial service.  Sheridan is in contact with Elizabeth and wants to coordinate the support from VOW for the service. If you would like to help with the service, email VOW at info@railvolunteers.org or call the office 206 517 3019.

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

There has been a lot of activity on the iron Goat Trail the last couple of weeks!

 

On Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, VOW and WTA conducted joint maintenance work parties on the Iron Goat Trail. between the two organizations we turned out about 20 volunteers on both days. Most of the work involved restoring the tread on the upper grade to specified width. It’s hard to believe, but it has been 19 years since parts of the upper grade were built and it was due for some TLC.

The work parties were very successful and everyone appeared to enjoy themselves. Many thanks to WTA for their support.

 

Dennis Evans led the annual Chinook Middle School hike on the Iron Goat trail on June 4.

 

There was a great National Trails day work party on the Iron Goat trail with over 30 participants. The event was sponsored by REI Seattle store.  We had over 30 participants, perfect weather and a “burger and dog” feed afterwards. I cooked the bbq. and was able to get some “American Kobe” beef and a little buffalo for the event. Every one had a great time.

 

The Iron Goat Trail American - Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation is coming up, July 11-17. We have 20 AHS participants from 12 states including some from AmeriCorps. This is the 14 year for this event and we will be staying as usual at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass lodge. We are looking for drivers to help with the out of town volunteers to get them to the pass. Please email info@trailvolunteers.ogr if you can help.

 

So far, I am thinking of having a side trip over to Leavenworth to see one of the outdoor productions from the Leavenworth summer theater festival that runs during that week.

 

If you would like to come up for any of the work parties of stay overnight at the Mountaineers lodge during the week of July 11-17, contact of email the VOW office.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

 

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hello All,

National Trails Day is this Saturday, June 5 !

 

American Hiking Society's signature trail awareness program, National Trails Day® (NTD), inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects.

 

NTD also provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, land managing agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses for their support in developing and maintaining trails

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington has 2 National Trails Day events, one on the Iron Goat Trail on US Hwy 2 and the other on the Ira Spring Trail on I90.

 

The Iron Goat Trail Info

REI and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington are teaming up to restore a section of the Iron Goat Trail near Steven's Pass, and we need your help!

We will be working out of the Western trailhead for the Iron Goat Trail at Martin Creek on the upper and lower sections on drainage and trail restoration.

Our work site is about a one hour hike in from the trailhead, so it's important to arrive on-time to join the group for the walk in. After the project, we'll have a free BBQ for volunteers, celebrating National Trails Day.

All tools are provided, and every volunteer will receive a FREE "Get Dirty" tech t-shirt.

Volunteers should come dressed in sturdy, layered clothing. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are manditory. You should bring a water bottle, and a day pack. REI will provide a sack-lunch station, but if you have special dietary needs, you should make plan to make other arrangements.

Please direct any questions to Todd Erskine: terskin@rei.com, 206-223-1944.

Share your photos, videos and written responses to the question, "How are you celebrating American Hiking Society's National Trails Day?" on rei.com/community.

Sign up over at the REI Flagship store

http://www.rei.com/event/6104/session/7448

How to get there

Date: 6/5/2010

Time: 8:30 AM PDT

Event Location: Martin Creek Trailhead

Meet at: Martin Creek Trailhead

Directions to Martin Creek Trailhead

From the west Take Hy 2 east to MP 55. Turn north onto FS Road 67 (Old Cascade Highway), drive 2.4 miles to FS Road 6710. Turn north on FS Road 6710, drive 1.4 miles to trailhead parking lot. From the east Take Hy 2 west to MP 58.3 (Scenic). Turn north onto FS Road 67 (Old Cascade Highway), drive 1.3 miles to FS Road 6710. Turn north on FS 6710, drive 1.4 miles to trailhead parking lot.A trailhead parking permit is required. Volunteers are provided with free passes for the day.

 

Ira Spring Trail Info

The Mountaineers Foothills branch and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington on Sat. June 5th will celebrate National Trails Day trail with maintenance on Ira Spring Trail.

On Saturday, June 5th, volunteers will return to a favorite trail perform needed repairs on the popular Ira Spring Trail. The 2010 National Trails Day event, sponsored by the Mountaineers Foothills Branch in partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Washington repair sections along the trail and a construction project at the top. It is open to members from all branches and the public. Mountaineers members in courses requiring a service credit can fulfill it with this day of trail work. The USFS will award one day free Northwest Forest Pass, or will count as one day towards the two days needed for an Annual Northwest Forest Pass.

DATE: 5 June (Saturday)

START TIME: 08:30 AM

WHERE: Ira Spring Trail (meet at the trailhead)

DIRECTIONS: from Seattle go east on I-90 and take exit 45, Forest Road 9030. At the stop sign turn left (north) and go under the freeway). When the road forks stay to the left (FR 9031) for about 3.5 miles until you reach the end, at a large parking area. You will be given a free day pass.

BRING: your lunch, water and, of course, sun blocker & your rain gear.

WEAR: hiking boots, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and gloves if you have them (if not loaner gloves will be available).

WORK: The work will take place within the first mile of the trail mostly repairing two slide areas. We will also be installing geotextile to mitigate any further damage.

PICNIC: after the event (around 3:00PM) there will be a free picnic. If you are vegetarian please let us know when you sign up. Also indicate what size T-shirt you want.

SIGN UP: The Mountaineers website (http://www.mountaineers.org ), Volunteers for Outdoor Washington website (http://www.trailvolunteers.org ), or contact Annik Wolfe at 206-368-2688 or annikw@gmail.com.

 

America's 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails take us to good physical and mental health by providing us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses. Trails do not just appear for our enjoyment, it takes many hours of planning, labor, and negotiating to develop them.

National Trails Day, the only nationwide celebration of trails, brings awareness to trails and thanks many people and partners for their support and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies, and outdoor minded businesses. It is also a day to introduce people to the many joys and benefits of trails.

In celebration of National Trails Day, Secretary of the Interior Salazar has announced that admission to National Parks, national wildlife refuges, and Bureau of Land Management lands is FREE! The Secretary will also sign into existence 31 new National Recreation Trails on NTD

 

Other Happenings,

4Culture has recognized the importance of the Iron Goat trail and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington by funding the printing of this years Iron Goat Trail brochure and approving a 2010 sustained support contract to continue the efforts on the project. Many thanks to 4 culture for their support and what they do.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

 

Richard Botts

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington

12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

 

Hello All,

 

VOW Earthday Project at Seahurst Park

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will recognize “Earth Day” by helping with a work party at Seahurst Park in Burien on Saturday April 24, beginning at 10:00 am.

 

We will be joining the monthly “Ivy Out” work party and will have a maintenance walk through on the nature trail.  Meet at the north parking lot where they have several ivy covered trees they want to fix.

 

Information about Seahurst Park is at http://www.seahurstpark.org/

 

VOW has had a long history with Burien and Seahurst Park. The park is a great location for a spring outing.  Generally the park is not overcrowded and a great place to go outdoors.  The weather is mild, the spring foliage has just begun and there great views of the water in Puget Sound.

 

This is an easy way to get out in the outdoors and give a little back to the environment and community.

 

Sign up on VOW’s web site or just come by and help a little

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

King County Parks Announcements:

 

Big Backyard 5K

The sun is making more frequent appearances, that means it's time to get outside and get your exercise on. What better way to do that then with the Group Health Big Backyard 5K on May 23rd in Marymoor Park? Take this opportunity to "run your backyard off."

Can't make it the day of? Compete virtually. To learn more and register stop by our partner site www.bigbackyard5k.com  

 

Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park

Opening May 22nd, this new mountain bike skills park will be a destination for riders of all ages and skill levels.

This project has been a labor of love for both King County Parks and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. Years in the making, the public will finally see first hand what an amazing facility Duthie Hill Park has become through this great partnership and a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

 

Details on the new bike park can be found on the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance web page http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.php?title=Duthie_Trails

 

The web site has statistics and basic information on the bike trail. It was interesting to note that in the statistic section, the nearest medical facility, Swedish Hospital in Issaquah is listed.

 

Some highlights include:

 

Evergreen is proud to announce the Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. This park is located on the Issaquah Plateau, just north of Grand Ridge Park.

 

The park is a nicely wooded 120 acre forest with rolling terrain and well draining soils. There is a 2.5 acre clearing in the middle, surrounding by second growth forest. Duthie Hill connects with Grand Ridge Park, which already has a 6 mile singletrack trail that connects all the way to I-90 in the south.

 

Duthie Hill is currently being developed. When the park is complete it will include:

 

4 flowy XC trails that can be connected into a single 5-6 mile loop

1-2 miles of flowy and technical freeride trails

progressive jump lines / flow lines

tons of practice and skill-building features

 

King County has provided a Community Partnership Grant and a Youth Sports Facilities Grant to help fund the project. Thanks very much to King County for this awesome opportunity! We will need to find additional funding to fully build Duthie Hill out to its full potential... so your contributions -- financial donations, materials/tools donations and volunteer time -- are vital to the success of the park. We will be building a fundraising feature in the center of the park where you will be able to have your name engraved on a rock, brick or wooden feature... that is still TBD..

 

Native Plant Appreciation Week April 25 thru May 1, 2010

 

Native Plant Appreciation Week is a celebration of the amazing diversity of Washing­ton’s over 3000 native plant species that inhabit deserts, rain forests, high alpine envi­ronments, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment.

Visit a natural area * Take a native plant walk * Go on a garden tour * Volunteer on habitat restoration projects * Shop at a native plant sale * Attend interesting programs

 

For a complete list of activities, visit http://www.wnps.org/npaw/

 

Central Puget Sound Chapter Field Trips

 

Echo Mountain and Spring Lake Bog: Saturday, April 24, 9:30 AM

Contact: Caren Adams (adams.caren@gmail.com, 425-432-1324)

 

Seward Park: Sunday, April 25, 10 AM-12 PM

Contact: Paul Talbert (ptalbert@fhcrc.org, 206-722-8160)

 

Lawton Park, Magnolia: Sunday, April 25, 2-3:30 PM

Contact: Barbara Downward (lavender@mindspring.com, 206-283-2498)

 

Sagebrush Steppe of Eastern Washington: Monday, April 26, 8 AM (departs from Issaquah)

Contact: Ray Gosden (gosden@aol.com, 425-228-7142)

 

University of Washington Herbarium: Friday, April 30, 1-2 PM

Contact: Maria Yousoufian  (maria@wnps.org, 206-853-5745)

 

Kraft Island, North Fork Skagit River: Sunday, May 2, 8:00 AM or 9:15 AM start (all day)

Contact: Howard Coleman (hcoleman@genelex.com, 206-633-4195)

 

More details are available at http://www.wnps.org/npaw/events.html

 

Garden Tours

Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2: Several new private gardens will be open for viewing in and around Seattle and the Eastside.

Contact Rita Moore (wnpsgardentour@yahoo.com, 206-275-3883)

 

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 8, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Get there early!

 

The April Mountaineers Foothills Branch meeting, is Thursday, April 29th at the Mercer Island Community Center.  Doors open at 6:45 pm for set-up, there will be no refreshments, meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  The program: a slide show of hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail, a National Scenic Trail with access points adjacent to several Mountaineers properties.

 

Google Mercer Island Community Center, WA for page, click on Directions for address and map.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

 

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Monday, April 12, 2010

Hello All,

 

Seahurst Park

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will have a later an “Earth Day” work party at Seahurst Park in Burien on Saturday April 24, beginning at 10:00 am.

We will be joining the monthly “Ivy Out” work party and will do some additional trail work in the park.

Information about Seahurst Park is at http://www.seahurstpark.org/

 

VOW has had a long history with Burien and Seahurst Park. The park is a great location for a spring outing.  Generally the park is not overcrowded and a great place to go outdoors.  The weather is mild, the spring foliage has just begun and there great views of the water in Puget Sound.

 

Grace Cole Nature Park

 

Vow’s friends at the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation will host two Ivy OUT work parties at Grace Cole Nature Park in Lake Forest Park in April. 

 

The first is on Wednesday, April 21, from 9 to 4 in honor of Earth Day.  You can work half a day or bring your lunch and work all day. The second is on Saturday, the 24th from 10 to 2.  We will be attacking English ivy on the trees and on the ground, and also pulling or digging Himalayan Blackberries in some areas. 

 

It is important to dress for the weather.  Boots are necessary in the wetter places, but there is work on high ground, as well.   

 

The Stewardship Foundation will have tools available, but you are welcome to bring your favorite ones.  Much of the work removing ground Ivy is done with your gloved hands.  Loppers and sometimes pruning saws are useful when removing it from the trees.

 

Treats and water will be available, but please bring your own water bottle to reduce waste.

 

Grace Cole Nature Park is located at NE 165 St. and 30th Ave. NE.  To reach it turn south onto 28th Ave. NE off NE 178th St. in Lake Forest Park.  Go straight on 28th about 1/2 mile and you will see the park on your right.  All are welcome.

 

Questions?  Call Mamie at 206-364-4410 or Libby at 206-365-8867

 

Iron Goat Trail Announcements

 

The following from Dennis Evans

 

IRON GOAT SEASON OPENER

 

Don't forget the Iron Goat Season Opener, Wednesday, April 14 at the

Mountaineers clubhouse, 7700 Sandpoint Way.

 

A sandwich bar, light snacks and some drinks will be provided. If you would

like to add something to the mix, side dishes, salads and desserts will be

especially welcome.

 

Doors open at 6 PM, meeting starts around 6:30.

 

See you there.

 

IRON GOAT VOLUNTEER VACATION

 

The Iron Goat Volunteer Vacation runs from July 10 (arrival) to July 17

(departure). If you've never participated in one of our volunteer vacations,

why not give it a try? You will be staying at the Mountaineers lodge at

Stevens Pass. Meals will be provided. We ask for a $65 contribution from all

participants to help defray the cost of food.

 

Good food, good company, satisfying work. what more can you ask for?

 

If you're interested, please contact Dennis Evans at

evans.dennis@verizon.net or 360 652-4459, or contact VOW at

info@trailvolunteers.org or 206 517-3019 for more info.

 

Why waste your vacation doing something boring like lying on the beach on

the Costa del Sol or high-rolling in Monaco or Monte Carlo when you could be

working on the Iron Goat Trail?

 

ALSO,

 

Mark your Calendar - JUNE 5, 2010

 

JOIN VOW and the Seattle flagship REI store on THE IRON GOAT TRAIL for a NATIONAL TRAILS DAY event!

 

On National Trails Day, June 5, the Seattle REI will be sponsoring a maintenance work party event on the Iron Goat Trail.

Join us for a day of easy, satisfying work restoring tread on the upper grade of the Iron Goat Trail. Believe it or not, it has been over 18 years since some sections of the trail were built, and now portions of the trail need restoration.

Easy hiking, easy work in a beautiful natural setting. What more could you ask for?

Remember: June 5, Iron Goat Trail – mark your calendar.

 

Some additional details for the celebration are still in the works, if you would like to help, contact info@trailvolunteers.org .

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

Native Plant Appreciation Week April 25 thru May 1, 2010

 

Native Plant Appreciation Week is a celebration of the amazing diversity of Washing­ton’s over 3000 native plant species that inhabit deserts, rain forests, high alpine envi­ronments, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment.

Visit a natural area * Take a native plant walk * Go on a garden tour * Volunteer on habitat restoration projects * Shop at a native plant sale * Attend interesting programs

 

For a complete list of activities, visit http://www.wnps.org/npaw/

 

Central Puget Sound Chapter Field Trips

 

Echo Mountain and Spring Lake Bog: Saturday, April 24, 9:30 AM

Contact: Caren Adams (adams.caren@gmail.com, 425-432-1324)

 

Seward Park: Sunday, April 25, 10 AM-12 PM

Contact: Paul Talbert (ptalbert@fhcrc.org, 206-722-8160)

 

Lawton Park, Magnolia: Sunday, April 25, 2-3:30 PM

Contact: Barbara Downward (lavender@mindspring.com, 206-283-2498)

 

Sagebrush Steppe of Eastern Washington: Monday, April 26, 8 AM (departs from Issaquah)

Contact: Ray Gosden (gosden@aol.com, 425-228-7142)

 

University of Washington Herbarium: Friday, April 30, 1-2 PM

Contact: Maria Yousoufian  (maria@wnps.org, 206-853-5745)

 

Kraft Island, North Fork Skagit River: Sunday, May 2, 8:00 AM or 9:15 AM start (all day)

Contact: Howard Coleman (hcoleman@genelex.com, 206-633-4195)

 

More details are available at http://www.wnps.org/npaw/events.html

 

Garden Tours

Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2: Several new private gardens will be open for viewing in and around Seattle and the Eastside.

Contact Rita Moore (wnpsgardentour@yahoo.com, 206-275-3883)

 

Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 8, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Get there early!

 

The April Mountaineers Foothills Branch meeting, is Thursday, April 29th at the Mercer Island Community Center.  Doors open at 6:45 pm for set-up, there will be no refreshments, meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  The program: a slide show of hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail, a National Scenic Trail with access points adjacent to several Mountaineers properties.

 

Google Mercer Island Community Center, WA for page,  click on Directions for address and map.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

 

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hello All,

 

Seahurst Park

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will be holding an “Earth Day” work party at Seahurst Park in Burien on Saturday April 24, beginning at 10:00 am.

We will be joining the monthly “Ivy Out” work party and will do some additional trail work in the park.

 

Information about Seahurst Park is at http://www.seahurstpark.org/

 

Seahurst is always a great location for a spring work party. The weather is mild, the spring foliage has just begun and there are still great views of the water in Puget Sound.

 

There will be more details later. Mark your Calendar!

 

Grace Cole Nature Park

 

Vow’s friends at the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation will host two Ivy OUT work parties at Grace Cole Nature Park in Lake Forest Park in April. 

 

The first is on Wednesday, April 21, from 9 to 4 in honor of Earth Day.  You can work half a day or bring your lunch and work all day. The second is on Saturday, the 24th. from 10 to 2.  We will be attacking English ivy on the trees and on the ground, and also pulling or digging Himalayan Blackberries in some areas. 

 

It is important to dress for the weather.  Boots are necessary in the wetter places, but there is work on high ground, as well.   

 

The Stewardship Foundation will have tools available, but you are welcome to bring your favorite ones.  Much of the work removing ground Ivy is done with your gloved hands.  Loppers and sometimes pruning saws are useful when removing it from the trees.

 

Treats and water will be available, but please bring your own water bottle to reduce waste.

 

Grace Cole Nature Park is located at NE 165 St. and 30th Ave. NE.  To reach it turn south onto 28th Ave. NE off NE 178th St. in Lake Forest Park.  Go straight on 28th about 1/2 mile and you will see the park on your right.  All are welcome.

 

Questions?  Call Mamie at 206-364-4410 or Libby at 206-365-8867

 

Iron Goat Trail Announcements

 

IRON GOAT SEASON OPENER April 14

 

The season opener for the Iron Goat Trail will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in

the Cascade Room of the new Mountaineers clubhouse at 7700 Sandpoint Way,

Seattle.

 

Come and join us on Wednesday evening. Find out where we are with the trail

and where we are going. If it's been a few years since you were last up

there, find out about the new Horseshoe Tunnel Extension and Kelley Creek

trail connector.

 

Even if you don't plan on working on the trail this year, stop by and get

reacquainted with old friends.

 

The doors open at 6 PM and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM. We hope to wrap

things up well before 9 PM.

 

Please join us Wednesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM.

 

 

Mark your Calendar - JUNE 5, 2010

 

JOIN VOW and the Seattle flagship REI store on THE IRON GOAT TRAIL for a NATIONAL TRAILS DAY event!

 

On National Trails Day, June 5, the Seattle REI will be sponsoring a maintenance work party event on the Iron Goat Trail.

Join us for a day of easy, satisfying work restoring tread on the upper grade of the Iron Goat Trail. Believe it or not, it has been over 18 years since some sections of the trail were built, and now portions of the trail need restoration.

Easy hiking, easy work in a beautiful natural setting. What more could you ask for?

Remember: June 5, Iron Goat Trail – mark your calendar.

 

Some additional details for the celebration are still in the works, if you would like to help, contact info@trailvolunteers.org .

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

The TVW interview of author Martin Burwash’s historical novel “Vis Major: Railroad Men, an Act of God – White Death at Wellington.” is being aired on cable channel 23 (Western Washington cable providers) and is also available to view online at the TVW web site www.TVW.org in the “Authors Hour” section.

 

From Renee Bodine, Mt Baker Snoqualmie Public Affairs

 

Road Construction Closes Sloan Creek Road off Mountain Loop Highway

Access to Glacier Peak Wilderness, North Fork Sauk Trail Affected

 

Everett, Wash. March 29, 2010— The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is closing Sloan Creek Road, forest road 49, April 5-9 to replace culverts and repair damage. Sloan Creek Road is 16 miles south of Darrington off of Mountain Loop Highway at mile post 37. Road construction will block access to Sloan Creek/North Fork Sauk, Lost Creek Ridge, Bald Eagle, Sloan Climber's Route, North Fork Sauk Falls and Harold Engles trails.

 

Call Darrington Ranger District for updates weekdays at 360-436-1155, or Verlot Public Service Center weekends at 360-691-7791. For updated information about trails and roads, go to alerts and conditions on http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/.

 

Al Wagar, notable VOW crew leader and organizer will be at St Edwards State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE in Kenmore on April 17. Al will be representing the Washington State Butterfly Association at the 2010 Earthday Celebration. Check out the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenmore-WA/Earth-Day-2010-at-Saint-Edward-State-Park/
372033869764?ref=mf
for the flyer on the event and more details.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hello All, 

The end of March for VOW is concentrating on administration items in preparation for the upcoming season. We are looking into new projects as well as more participation and outreach. 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is revisiting its youth policy for participation in its projects.  We hope to have more youth help in what we do and meet the current youth liability and safeguard responsibilities. If you have some comments or input, please send them to info@trailvolunteers.org .  

Kim Carlson, our executive director, sent some information on “iGive which has a special challenge promotion to visit their web site to sign on to their online shopping vendors that support non-profits. 

This offer from iGive is good until tomorrow at 10:00 am 

I went through the iGive registration and VOW has $1.00 more than it did a little while ago. My computer did not crash, and there is not a number of iGive email messages on my email account. I checked out what REI is now offering to meet the visit 1 store requirement. 

I do not know if this is something everyone is comfortable in doing, but it does support VOW and seems harmless. 

The iGive article below: 

In just three short months, thousands of causes just like Volunteers for Outdoor Washington have, all together, earned tens of thousands of dollars from our special challenges.  The most earned by a cause was over $1,000.  We're tremendously pleased that these Challenges work and we're excited that supporters like you are making it happen.  So pleased that we've put together another 24 hour / $5,000 challenge. 

According to the Nonprofit Finance Fund's recent survey: 

  * Nearly 90% of nonprofits surveyed expect 2010 to be as difficult or more difficult than 2009.

  * 80% anticipate increased demand for services in 2010.

  * Only 18% of organizations expect to end 2010 above break-even.

  * The majority - 61% - have less than three months of cash available; 12% have none.  

Together, you and iGive.com can make times a little less tough for Volunteers for Outdoor Washington.   

We'll donate our marketing budget, you spread the word, and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington gets the money.  It's that simple. 

We'll give Volunteers for Outdoor Washington a dollar for each person who joins iGive using the special link below and visits one store via iGive between noon Wednesday, March 24, 2010 (Chicago time) and noon Thursday, the next day.   

Here's where you come in.  Send your friends, family, and colleagues the following link in an e-mail, tweet it, do a Facebook posting, put up posters, shout from mountain tops (you know the drill) and let them know you think Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is pretty cool and deserves their support, especially since it's free!  You can even just forward this e-mail.  The only way Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will get new supporters and that free $1 (or more) is if you invite them.   

This is the link:

        http://www.igive.com/welcome/warm_reg_promo.cfm?m=395124        

Make sure you tell your friends to perform a store visit, so that they earn the dollar. 

5,000 new members, $5,000.  No purchase necessary. That's 5,000 new members for all causes, not just yours, and it's only for 24 hours, so it's a bit of race. 

It can turn into more than a dollar, much more ... if these new members search or buy something at an iGive store they'll earn much-needed money for Volunteers for Outdoor Washington.  Right now, we're donating a special bonus of $5 for that first purchase plus the usual percentage.  Active iGive members raise an average of over $40 per year for their cause.       

The details: 

     - Offer active between 12:00 p.m. (noon) March 24, 2010 and 11:59 a.m., March 25, 2010 (Chicago time).

     - New members only (never have been an iGive member previously). 

     - All the normal rules of membership, searching, and purchasing apply, our site has the details.

     - Once we've given away $5,000 in total, the offer ends.

     - The special link and visiting a store via iGive are necessary.  No link, no store visit, no $1. 

That's it.  We've added tons of new stuff in the last months that we want to really test out, so spreading the word helps both Volunteers for Outdoor Washington and iGive. Check it out yourself at http://www.iGive.com .  You may need to login first. 

Yours, 

Robert N. Grosshandler

Founder 

P.S. If you want to track how you are doing, just visit http://www.iGive.com/html/referralsreport.cfm .  

If you want to track how your cause is doing, please visit http://www.iGive.com//html/causestats.cfm  

For help and questions, please visit http://support.iGive.com  

To manage your subscriptions, please visit http://www.iGive.com/html/mysettings.cfm  (you may need to login first.)  This e-mail is a Member Alert that we don't usually send out more than once a month, and is a required part of your free membership at iGive.com.  

Announcements, maybe of interest 

Mike Bay with TVW (a cable TV program from the state of Washington along the lines of CSPAN) has contacted VOW about its “Authors Hour” program taping next Monday, March 29 beginning 7pm at the Bellevue public library with Tim Egan. 

Mike previously contacted us about Martin Burwash’s appearance on the Authors Hour program. From reports I heard, his program was fascinating and we hope to have Martin present at a future VOW event. 

Next Monday, March 29, there is another Authors Hour taping this time with Tim Egan on "The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America”. 

In 1910 the biggest forest fire in American history burned an area the size of the state of Connecticut in a weekend – and may well have saved the brand-new U.S. Forest Service. 

Directions to the Bellevue King County Library here: http://www.kcls.org/bellevue/  .  

Our Stevens Pass maintenance lead tech checked out the site earlier today and feels we can have the parking facilities usable and the toilet vaults drained and functional and some other minor flooding repairs completed by Friday April 2nd (if they encounter no surprises…)

I’ll keep you apprised on the progress as I hear more.

Jeff Adamson 

Communications Manager

WSDOT North Central Region

PO Box 98

Wenatchee, WA  98807-0098

509.667.2815 office  509.669.8778 cell

adamsoj@wsdot.wa.gov

Twitter: http://twitter.com/wsdot

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot

Blog: http://www.wsdotblog.blogspot.com

Newsroom: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/news  

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, park at http://www.seahurstpark.org/  .The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, March 27 at Seahurst Park 10:00 to 12:00. They are planning to work at the entrance to the park and upper parking lot. 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.  

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors, 

Richard Botts

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington

12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125  

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hello All,

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is holding the last Grace Cole work party for the spring this Saturday, March 20, 2010  9:00-2:30

 

Come and see the new hiking trail segment that VOW has helped Lake Forest Park build with volunteer effort in its new Grace Cole Park Nature Park.

 

This has been a very successful project with VOW. The work was completed ahead of schedule and at less cost than anticipated. Noted volunteer groups from University of Washington, Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation, and Shorecrest High School all helped.

 

The project has been rewarding with the close connection of VOW to the Lake Forest Park Community and the volunteers from UW and Shorecrest High School.

 

Some very nice pictures and description of the new trail can be seen at http://lfpsf.org/ColeNaturePark/newtrail.html

 

It is anticipated that VOW will start a new section of the trail in Grace Cole Nature Park this fall

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is looking for some help with its web site and database. If this is something you have some interest in, please contact the office info@traivolunteers.org .

 

Mike Bay with TVW (a cable TV program from the state of Washington along the lines of CSPAN) has contacted VOW about its “Authors Hour” program taping next Monday, March 22 beginning 7pm at the Bellevue public library with Martin Burwash.

 

From the news release:

 

The public is invited to the Bellevue King County Library at 7 p.m. Monday, March 22, as Terry Tazioli and author Martin Burwash take a dramatic trip through Burwash’s historical novel “Vis Major: Railroad Men, an Act of God – White Death at Wellington.”

 

Tazioli will interview Burwash for TVW’s “Author’s Hour”, a program televised weekly on statewide cable TV.  Audience members will have the chance to ask questions directly of Burwash following the interview.  The interview will air on TVW Sunday, March 28, at noon, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.  Check cable listings; TVW is Comcast ch. 23 in most of Western WA.

 

A brief description of the book:

 

At 1:43 a.m., March 1, 1910, a wall of snow descended on two Great Northern Railway trains stalled in the town of Wellington, Washington. Ninety-six people died in a single moment. To this day, the Wellington Slide remains North America's worst avalanche disaster. Although other accounts of this monumental event exist, none are told entirely from the perspective of the railroad men who battled the week-long blizzard leading up to the tragedy. Relive the crucial moments where men worked feverishly to clear the snow-clogged line over Washington's Stevens Pass and intimately feel the fatigue, frustration, and misery of working hours upon hours in the harsh winter weather or aboard steaming rotary snow plows.

“’Vis Major’ is about a railroad event, but it is actually more of an account of human drama with the railroad as a setting,” said Burwash. “The book will of course appeal to rail buffs, but I wrote the book to tell the story of the boys of Wellington in a way that would appeal to a general audience.”

 

More about the author and book at Burwash’s blog: http://ramblingwest.blogspot.com/

Directions to the Bellevue King County Library here: http://www.kcls.org/bellevue/ .

 

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed is hosting an interesting event this Saturday, March 20th.   We will be removing aggressive invasive English ivy along the river bank, which is a high priority in restoring habitat and species diversity.  A mini tour of the Landsburg diversion dam and fish passage facility will be included.  This is a unique opportunity to visit the protected municipal watershed and see where 1.3 million residents in King County receive their drinking water. 

 

Because we will be working within the municipal watershed, the project  is limited to volunteers aged 15 and up.  It will take place from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  Any interested parties should contact me for more details. 

Nisa Karimi

Stewardship Coordinator

Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

6512 23rd Ave NW room 320

Tel: 206.297.8141

nisa@cedarriver.org

www.cedarriver.org

 

There is a new revision of the Iron Goat Trail signage and interpretative plan for the new Horseshoe Tunnel expansion put together by Nan Lammers with the Skykomish Ranger District. The document is a little too large for this newsletter, but Tom Davis, Acting Public Services Manager Skykomish RD should be able to send a copy. Contact him at tdavis@fs.fed.us or (360)677-2414.

 

The Volunteers at Deadhorse Canyon will have another work party also on this Saturday

 

Deadhorse Canyon - For our next work party, this coming Saturday, March 20, we plan to continue this work and to do some other planting and clearing of invasives.  Come out and inspect our latest project and lend a hand.  We have tasks to suit all ages, interests and levels of ability.  We meet under the blue canopy at the trail head at the hairpin turn where 68th Ave. S. becomes Holyoke Ave.  Join us for coffee and goodies at 8:30.  Work begins at 9:00 and continues until 1:00 PM.  Bring a friend.  Let's have fun and enjoy the beauty of springtime in the canyon.  For further info., call Jude or Darrell at (206) 772-1452.

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, park at http://www.seahurstpark.org/ .The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, March 27 at Seahurst Park 10:00 to 12:00. They are planning to work at the entrance to the park and upper parking lot.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hello All,

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington’s Annual Banquet and Meeting

 

Is this Saturday, January 16, 2010

 

Eastshore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA

12700 SE 32nd St.  Bellevue, WA

5:00 to 9:00 PM

 

VOW is holding its annual banquet and meeting this Saturday 1/16/10 at Eastshore Unitarian Church in Bellevue from 5 to 9 in the evening.  We hope you can attend!!

 

The plans will be:

5-6 Arrive, socialize, and view the activity slides

6-7 dinner “by donation” (hey, we did not find a sponsor)

6:30 to 7:30 Program on VOW activities

7:30 to 8:15 Guest Speaker

8:30 to 9:00 Take down and Clean-up

 

Guidebook Author, Outdoors Writer, and Photographer Craig Romano will be the featured speaker. Craig will be doing a talk on snowfree winter hikes in western Washington in co-junction with his latest release, Winter Hikes of Western Washington deck.

 

Below is some information on Craig from his web site:

 

Amy S. McCaffree posted in the July issue of Out there Monthly about Craig’s book Day Hiking Central Cascades http://www.outtheremonthly.com/otm.php?art=archives/jul09/book_reviews

 

“Craig Romano is a guidebook writer whom I trust. I haven’t yet been disappointed with two other of his books, Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest and Day Hiking North Cascades.”

 

Terry Wood as a special to The Seattle Times Travel/Outdoors section on September 10, 2009 wrote about Craig’s trail guides

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2009833252_nwwromano10.html

 

“Hiking guide author Craig Romano follows in footsteps of icons Manning and Spring”

 

Books that Craig has authored include:

Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula (Mountaineers Books)

Day Hiking North Cascades (Mountaineers Books)

Day Hiking Central Cascades (Mountaineers Books)

Best Hikes With Dogs Inland Northwest (Mountaineers Books)

Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington's Last Frontier (Mountaineers Books)

Winter Hikes of Western Washington Deck  (Mountaineers Books)

Best Wildflowers Hikes Washington (Mountaineers Books) co-author

Natural Skagit: A Journey From Mountains To Sea (SLT) co-author

 

Sign up on the calendar section of the VOW web site http://www.trailvolunteers.org  or email info@trailvolunteers.org  if you can come.

 

 

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

King County Parks “Your Big Backyard” has a great volunteer page at http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/volunteer.aspx along with a calendar link for various volunteer activities in their system. Checkout what they have going on in January!

 

They have counted 16,000 native trees, shrubs planted, 470 events, 8,800 volunteers, 43,000 hours in their 180+ parks, 175 miles of trails, and 25,000 acres of  natural lands.

 

Shelly Shellabarger, the volunteer program coordinator for the city of Bellevue sent along this notice of a non profit workshop put on by the Puget Sound Business Journal titled “Targeting Your Major Donors & Telling Your Story” on January 22. This workshop is full, but another is scheduled for

Feb 4. Check out http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/event/16361 for more info.

 

The American Hiking Society has teamed up with the North Face and a host of like-minded partners to launch a new website, http://www.PlanetExplore.com . This online community enables individuals and families to learn about and participate in outdoor activities and events in their area. PlanetExplore is a virtual community board designed to motivate and inspire people of all ages to become regularly active in the outdoors. There is a Seattle region section that is started and hopefully will have more activities.

 

Issaquah REI is holding a free avalanche clinic this Thursday, January 14 at 7:00 pm presented by Ridge Explorations that also offers level 1 avalanche classes.

 

Issaquah History Museums is sponsoring the Issaquah & Superior Mine Hike on January 16

This history hike begins at 10 AM at the Issaquah Depot (50 Rainier Boulevard N) with a slide presentation. The hike covers 2-4 miles over easy to moderate terrain. Hike takes place rain or shine - please bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Advance registration is recommended. Visit http://www.issaquahhistory.org

 

Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) ANNUAL MEETING - TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 9:30 AM - 1 PM This year AKCHO's Annual Meeting will take place at the Museum of Flight, and will feature Museum President and CEO Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar as the keynote speaker.

 

Following a luncheon catered by McCormick and Schmick's, the galleries of the Museum will be open for your viewing pleasure, so make time to visit the Great Gallery, the Red Barn and the new Personal Courage Wing, along with the special exhibit "In Search of Amelia Earhart."

 

Cost for the luncheon and program is $25 - advance registration required. Registration forms are available on the AKCHO website and are in the mail to AKCHO members. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E Marginal Way S, just off of Boeing Field.

 

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, January 16 at Salmon Creek Ravine 10:00 to 12:00.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hello All,

 

Mark your Calendar!!   January 16, 2010

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will hold its annual meeting and banquet Saturday evening January 16, 2010 at East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA 98005.  Please note that this is a last-minute change of location!!!  We are planning a dinner (donation or pay what you can), 2009 activities presentation, and guest speaker.

 

Craig Romano, guidebook author, outdoors writer, and photographer will be doing his talk on snow free winter hikes in western Washington in co-junction with his latest release, Winter Hikes of Western Washington deck. Check out his web site http://craigromano.com/ and http://hikeoftheweek.com/ .

 

The new Trail Project at Grace Cole Nature Park continues

 

The last work party at Grace Cole (11-21-09) volunteers started graveling the new section of trail.  300 feet of trail was graveled with help of local residents, university, community college and high school students.  Work will continue this coming Saturday.

 

New volunteers are welcome!    No experience needed. 

Sign up is at  http://www.trailvolunteers.org in the calendar section or call Annik (206-368-2688).

 

A background on the park is at http://www.lfpsf.org/ColeNaturePark/

 

The trail project is located on the Grace Cole Nature Park

16715 30th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park

The work will continue on consecutive Saturdays until the trail is gravel application is complete. 

All volunteers are welcome. 

The work parties run from 9:00AM to 2:30PM.

Bring your lunch and water.

 

VOW IRON GOAT TRAIL

The snow has arrived on most of the trail, the IGT Interpretive site at Scenic on Highway 2 has closed for the season and the Iron Goat Trail folks have finished trail work until next spring.

 

Some folks are busy seeking funding for the upkeep and expansion of the trail. Over the next years, the Iron Goat Trail will connect with the Kelley Creek Trail from the eastern (Martin Creek) trailhead.  A significant bridge will be needed to for this new section and there is an active search for a funding source.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are continuing to develop in Skykomish for recognition of the 100 anniversary of the 1910 Wellington Avalanche disaster.  Thoughts now are to have an event in Skykomish on Saturday, February 27 2010 and again later in the spring at the site.  Rumors include that Gary Krist, author of the White Cascade may come for the ceremony.  More plans and real information will come later as it develops.  Contact the Skykomish Historical Society or Volunteers for Outdoor Washington if you would like to help or participate

 

Web Tools (or Toys?)

 

Jackson Holstz, with the Everett Herald wrote an article on September 5 titled “Ghost hunters to stake out site of 1910 train disaster” which focuses on the Wellington town site on the Iron Goat Trail.  The article interviews persons with the “Northwest Paranormal Investigation Agency” and the Forest Service.  The reader’s comments on the article are interesting to read. The article and the reader’s comments can be found online at:

http://www.enterprisenewspapers.com/article/20090905/NEWS01/709059915/0/ETPZONELT

 

The Northwest Paranormal Investigation agency has some really good non paranormal pictures on their web site. They are also planning to release a documentary DVD titled “Avalanche of Spirits The Ghosts of Wellington” on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, March 1, 2010.

 

The Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest web site references the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) for detailed current information on avalanche danger.  Information on Steven’s Pass and the Iron Goat Trail’s Wellington trail head is located at http://www.nwac.us/forecast/avalanche/current/zone/2/ and Snoqualmie Pass is at http://www.nwac.us/forecast/avalanche/current/zone/3/

 

Avalanche danger is always a major concern in the Cascades for winter hikes. Every year there seems to be an “avalanche chute” that covers over or just removes parts of the Iron Goat Trail.  The pictures of the before and aftermath of these events definitely get my attention when I am planning to hike on the snow.  BE sure to check the avalanche danger before heading out on snowshoes.

 

Check out what 4Culture has going on with their December newsletter at http://www.4culture.org/enews/2009/december/ . The video on the Northwest Railway Museum and artists chosen for the King County trails kiosk program were of particular interest. There also is an article about the State Legislature’s HB 1386 that increases the county recorder document filing fee from $2 to $5 of which $1 is to be used “to promote historical preservation or historical programs, which may include preservation of historic documents.”

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

The City of Seattle Trails Program has anounced a work party at Interlaken Park this Friday December 4 from 10:00 to 2:30 

Interlaken park redwood Grove trail planting

We have lots of great looking native plants to get in the ground joins us to put the finishing touches on a gem of a project! Planting is always fun! You know you wanna…

Meet at: The new park entrance at the end of 22nd Ave E., this entrance just south of Boyer Ave E. & 22nd Ave E.

 

City of Seattle also has a work party Saturday December 5 at the West Duwamish Green Belt from 10:00 to2:30

Pigeon Pt. Trail build

Pigeon Point Park is a great place to visit at the north end of the west Duwamish GB and just behind the new site for Pathfinder School. Our work here will be to improve the trails in order to improve the way people work in and enjoy this great park. Lots of good work yet to be done! Satisfying and rewarding exercise, come out and be part of the fun.

Meet at: The parking lot for Pathfinder School at, 1901 SW Genesee St
Seattle, WA 98106

 

Contact:  Jacobo J. to RSVP 206-684-0598 or via Email jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov if you can come

 

Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently we are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle.  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the Seattle's largest remaining forest!  Other seasons are devoted to maintenance and monitoring.  Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

The Nature Consortium will also be working at Pigeon Point on Saturday, Dec 5

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will hold its December board meeting Monday, December 21 at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce meeting room in the same complex as the VOW office, 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA.  Give the office a call 206 517 3019 if you can come and we will look for you.

 

Mountaineers Foothills Branch Announcement

 

NORDIC SKI SWAP for cross-country, skate, telemark, and randonnée gear to benefit

THE MOUNTAINEERS FOOTHILLS BRANCH SKI PROGRAM http://www.foothillsmountaineers.org/skiing and THE SNOQUALMIE NORDIC CLUB http://www.snoqualmienordic.org


Friday  Dec 4, 2009 – 6:00-9:00 PM Greenlake area 1 block west of I-5/NE 80th Exit


St. Andrews Episcopal Church
111 NE 80th St, Seattle

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, December 19 in Shorewood Park 10:00 to 12:00.

 

There will be a Seahurst Moonlight Beach walk December 12 from 7 to 9pm.Check out the flier at http://envsciencecenter.org/press/BeachwalkFlyer_2009_10.pdf

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello All,

 

The new Trail Project at Grace Cole Nature Park continues

 

Work at Grace Cole Nature Park in Lake Forest Park is continuing at a good pace.  Troop 171 from the Chief Seattle Council came out with an Eagle Scout project and cut 150 feet of new full bench trail. More students from University of Washington and Edmonds Community College as well as a good number of the local residents came out and helped.

 

Annik hopes to begin placing the gravel on part of the completed sections this coming weekend. Come out and help or drop by to see what is going on!

 

A background on the park is at http://www.lfpsf.org/ColeNaturePark/

 

The trail project is located on the Grace Cole Nature Park, located at:

16715 30th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park

The work will continue on consecutive Saturdays until the trail is gravel application is complete. 

All volunteers are welcome. 

The work parties run from 9:00AM to 2:30PM.

Bring your lunch and water.

 

Sign up on the calendar section of the VOW web site http://www.trailvolunteers.org

 

VOW IRON GOAT TRAIL

Last week, Volunteers for Outdoor Washington held an Iron Goat Trail Volunteer event at the REI Seattle store. Below are my comments and appreciation to those who came and helped (sent out last week):

 

I want to thank everyone who was able to attend last night's Iron Goat Trail end of the season and volunteer recognition event at REI.

 

Bill Rowe put together a great program and party that I think everyone there enjoyed. I usually do not like these type of events (I know, I have a bad attitude) but this one was delightful.

 

Tom Davis had an excellent presentation of this years activities and plans for next year. I know all of VOW really appreciated his effort on this and especially the volunteer appreciation from the Forest Service.

 

Molly Brackett and Annik Wolfe stepped right in to get the word out on the party along with coordinating some of the last minute details. The event would not have been even half as good without their help.

 

The REI meeting room was fantastic. It was the perfect venue size for what we were doing.  The digital projection system there can be only be described as AMAZING. Normal digital photographs, taken with regular non-professional camera equipment, were projected on a 10 ft (I think or bigger) screen without fuzziness. The images on such a large screen were full sized or even a little larger. For many pictures, it was like you were right there when the picture was taken!

 

I believe we were able to achieve secondary goals of showing 4culture and REI that the Iron Goat Trail crew and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington are both worthwhile and vibrant.

 

Todd Erskine with REI confirmed that the 2010 national trails day event will be sponsored by the Seattle REI store. I hope we will be able to get the 40+ people at the work party that we used to get when they sponsored the event in the past.

 

Anyway, great event and thanks to everyone who helped and attended.

 

Tom Davis presented the following awards and volunteer recognition at the event and wrote the following summary:

 

“In Nov. 2009 two individual volunteers were recognized for a cumulative total of 500 volunteer hours or more since 2007, and were awarded an Annual America the Beautiful Pass by the USFS.  The recipients were Sandy Evans (523 hrs.) and Endre Dale (530 hrs.).

 

Also in Nov. 2009, the US Forest Service awarded Take Pride in America jackets to Jim Mattson, Ed Burns, and Dennis Evans who all volunteered an additional 500 hrs. in 2009, plus Take Pride in America t-shirts were awarded to 6 volunteers with more than 100 volunteer hours in 2009 to Richard Botts,  Dale Thompson, Mike Lemon, Jim Chapman, Kathleen Burns, and Endre Dale.”

 

Check out the volunteer America the Beautiful Pass at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/volunteer.html .

 

VOW presented new Iron Goat Trail logo hats to Paul Maciocha, Tom Davis, Barb Busse, and Bill Rowe recognizing their help with the event.

 

MORE IRON GOAT TRAIL

The new Iron Goat Trail logo bill caps were ordered from the Queensboro Shirt Company in Wilmington NC.  I have used the company several times for embroidered Iron Goat Trail logo items and have been very satisfied with their quality and service.  The pricing is not necessarily the absolute lowest available, but they have easy web ordering, no set-up charges, and a 4 piece (mixed) minimum order-(although hats are a separate order category and cannot be combined with other items).

An order takes several weeks to arrive, so preplanning is suggested. Anyway, I talked with them and they have set up a special Iron Goat Trail logo link at http://www.queensboro.com/s/irongoattrail for anyone to use. You will have to enter your address and other information like any other web order.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are continuing to develop in Skykomish for recognition of the 100 anniversary of the 1910 Wellington Avalanche disaster.  Thoughts now are to have an event in Skykomish on Saturday, February 27 2010 and again later in the spring at the site.  Rumors include that Gary Krist, author of the White Cascade may come for the ceremony.  More plans and real information will come later as it develops.  Contact the Skykomish Historical Society or Volunteers for Outdoor Washington if you would like to help or participate.

Web Tools (or Toys?)

 

Discover the Forest Sweepstakes

 

The US Forest Service, the Ad Council, and North Face are conducting a photo sweepstakes directed to “tweens” (ages 8 to12) to spend more time in nature.

The sweepstakes closes on December 7.

Check out the Forest Service news release, http://www.fs.fed.us/news/2009/releases/09/discover-contest.pdf  and the sweepstakes website http://www.discovertheforest.org/ .

 

Get to Know Contest

 

The Get to Know Contest has been Canada's most exciting and impacting nature art contest since 2000. Hundreds of thousands of youth have submitted entries crafted from moments of inspiration spent in nature. The contest, recently launched in the US for the first time and currently accepting entries, is an invitation for youth (age 18 and younger) to go outside (or to a zoo, aquarium, or museum), to "get to know" their wild neighbors, and then to share their experience with the world by creating an original work of art, photography, or writing and then entering their creation in the contest.

 

All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than November 30th, 2009.

 

Winning entries are chosen both for their artistic merit and for demonstrating that the entry was created by someone who experienced a wild neighbor directly. The winning entries will be published in the 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Calendar, on the Get to Know website, and through our contest partners. Besides having their entry published, winners will receive numerous prizes and VIP invitations to special events.

 

The winning artwork from this year's contest will be published in the 2011 Get to Know Contest Calendar. Because 2011 has been designated the "International Year of Forests" by the United Nations, we have made forests the theme of this year's contest. Discover the natural wonders that can be found in forests, and enter the Get to Know Contest to help us prepare to celebrate forests in 2011. But don't worry if you can't get out and explore the forest – we still want to see art, writing, and photography dedicated to creatively depicting plants and animals found in your own backyard. Youth must go outside OR to a local zoo, aquarium, or natural history museum for inspiration. Artists: while you're there, take photos and make sketches to base your artwork on; submit these with your final art entry for bonus marks. Families: while you're outside, take some time together to learn more about the forests in your state, and all the plants and animals found here.

 

Check out the website http://www.gettoknow.ca/us/contest/

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest opened Hard Creek Bridge the end of October after two years of restricted availability. The bridge is on Cascade River Road, accessing the Mineral Park Campground on the forest and the Cascade Pass area of the North Cascades National Park.  “In December of 2007, an avalanche came crashing down, damaging the bridge railing, decking and footings,” said Jim Mitchell, roads manager with US Forest Service. The bridge has since been under weight limit restrictions.

The Forest Service awarded the bridge design and repair to Federal Highways Administration. Contractors began work in September and completed the project for $240,000. For more information about roads and trail closures, go to alerts and conditions on http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/ .

 

Cut a Christmas Tree Permits for sale on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest The public can buy permits to cut Christmas trees on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest beginning Nov. 12 through Dec. 24.

 

Cutting areas are located within national forest lands in the eastern portions of Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Maps and information about cutting areas are provided where permits are sold at ranger stations and the Verlot and Glacier Public Service Centers.

 

Additionally, permits are sold at REI’s Alderwood Mall and the Outdoor Recreation Information Center located inside the downtown Seattle REI store. Permits cost $10 each, one tree per permit, with a tree height limit of 12 feet. The permits are nonrefundable.

 

Trees taller than 12 feet require a special permit at a minimum price of $20.  Credit cards are not accepted at Forest Service offices or the Outdoor Recreation Information Center in the Seattle REI store, however, the REI at Alderwood Mall will take them.  Forest Service offices and REI stores are closed Thanksgiving Day. Forest Service offices may close early Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, so call ahead for operating hours.  

Plan to purchase a parking permit if the trip includes parking in a designated Sno-Park lot. Getting a tree early before substantial snow falls usually means better access on forest roads. “Set out early in the day to allow for maximum daylight and let friends or relatives know where you are going and when to expect you back,” said Forest Service’s Dave Kendrick, who oversees the Christmas tree permit program.  Most trees are accessible only by narrow, unplowed mountain roads. High-clearance vehicles are often required along with tire chains and a shovel.

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will hold its monthly board meeting next Monday, November 23 at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce meeting room in the same complex as the VOW office, 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA.  Give the office a call 206 517 3019 if you can come and we will look for you.

 

Next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meetings and Program

 

Monday, Nov. 23rd 

Thomas Hammond of the North Cascades Conservation Council (NCCC) or, as the new project is called The American Alps Legacy Project, will give his slide show on the North Cascades.

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center 

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA 98027

Free program and parking

 

Monday, November 23rd 5:00 to 7:00 pm The Seattle Theatre Group, along with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Washington State Arts Alliance, and 4Culture, is holding a welcome the new Seattle mayor Mike McGinn and  King County Executive Dow Constantine in the  Paramount Theatre, Grand Lobby 911 Pine Street, Seattle.

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, November 21 in Shorewood Park 10:00 to 12:00.

 

The Dead Horse Canyon in Lakeridge Park Volunteers announced they will be planting native plants next Saturday, November 21 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  “We need all the help we can get because we cleared invasives out of some large areas during the summer that now need to be planted with natives.  So, dress for the weather, roll up your sleeves, prepare to get dirty and have some fun.  We meet under the blue tent at the trail head for coffee.  We supply plants, tools, some gloves and refreshments”.  

Information on the park and project is at http://www.seattleurbannature.org/Projects/DHC.html .

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hello All,

 

The new Trail Project at Grace Cole Nature Park began with invasive and “other” removal

 

Last Saturday’s event brought 25 volunteers to Lake City to help with the removal of invasive plants and other debris from the area for the new trail in the nature park. Many of the volunteers were with University of Washington and taking a class in environmental science and will be using the project to write their report.

 

A background and information on the park is at http://www.lfpsf.org/ColeNaturePark/

 

Basic info!

 

The trail project is located on the Grace Cole Nature Park, located at 16715 30th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park

The work will continue on consecutive Saturdays until the trail is gravel application is complete. 

All volunteers are welcome. 

The work parties run from 9:00AM to 2:30PM.

Bring your lunch and water.

 

Sign up on the calendar section of the VOW web site http://www.trailvolunteers.org

 

Al Wagar provided a summary of the event:

 

Saturday at Grace Cole Nature Park, Lake Forest Park

 

On Saturday, October 10 a work party of 25,  including 13 students from a University of Washington Environmental Science class, removed invasives from the park--ivy, holly, laurel, and blackberry--as well as removing such trash as a washing machine, derelict motorcycle and many trash bags full of cans and bottles.  By the end of the day the "mountain" of removed invasives was about 30 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 6 feet tall. The students get extra credit for their work and, to help them with their reports, Maimie Bolender of the Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation explained objectives for the park and showed the students a newly-installed seasonal pond for amphibians as well as an overlook for stream headwaters where salmon fingerlings are released.

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party next Friday and Saturday!

 

Oct 16            St. Marks Greenbelt

 

We are working on building new a switchback and repairing old bridges.

Time     9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Please join us!

 

Meet At the North end of the parking at St. Mark’s Cathedral. 1245 10th Ave E.

Look for the Trails project here sign. 

 

Oct 17            West Duwamish Greenbelt

 

We will be doing a lot of fun rock work in this huge Green belt

Time     9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Please join us!

 

Meet at The corner of 14th Ave SW & SW Holly St

Look for the Trails project here sign.

Contact           Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

VOW IRON GOAT TRAIL

Lots of thanks to Dennis Evans for the following announcement and activity report :

 

Due to the deteriorating weather in the Stevens Pass area, we have decided to call an end to the Iron Goat Trail work season. All remaining scheduled work parties on the Iron Goat Trail for this year have been canceled.

 

Not much to report from the Iron Goat front this week. Colder, wetter weather is setting in in the mountains, and there is a possibility that we will have no further work parties this year. Snow is forecast in the Martin Creek area for tomorrow, and cold wet weather will follow for the next week or so.

We spent Saturday’s work party working on tread cleaning and widening out of Wellington, and culvert cleaning between Wellington and Windy Point.

We want to try and get in a plan-in-hand review of next year’s proposed work this fall before we are weathered out. We may try to do that this week in spite of the poor weather forecast

 


VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning to come together for an end of season get together and slide show at the REI main Store in Seattle. A meeting room has been reserved for Tuesday, November 10.  More details later.

 

Web Tools (or Toys?)

 

David Michael, Region 5 Crosscut Saw Coordinator and Trails & OHV Program Manager with USFS Tahoe National Forest sent information about a cross cut saw restoration slide show on u tube that I think is useful and well put together. 

 

The slide show was made by Dan Dueweke, a volunteer on the Appalachian Trail and is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrYsFlx3OSY

 

Dan shows good restoration and sharpening techniques in taking an “auction received” one man crosscut saw to a effective saw. Dan spent 15 hours on the restoration and sharpening and the slide show shows the use of the specialized equipment needed to effectively sharpen a saw.

 

The US Forest Service has a web site highlighting this years fall colors in various national forests. Unfortunately for western Washington there has been very little fall colors due to the weather, Eastern Washington is a little better. Check out http://www.fs.fed.us/news/fallcolors/ if you plan to take a scenic driving trip (or if you want to take a scenic driving  trip)

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

Eric Taylor with 4 culture sent the following announcement of a free event.

 

Subject: invitation to emergency preparedness event

Are You Prepared?
In 2001, the Nisqually earthquake caused over $51.2 million in damage to area businesses. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration)
This last winter, a snow storm caused widespread power outages, transportation issues, lost revenue, and business closures, including performance cancellations at local arts and cultural organizations.
This coming winter, if the Green River floods as a result of problems with the Howard Hanson Dam, thousands of residents and businesses could face as much as $2 billion to $3 billion in property damage. (Source: Seattle Times)
Over the summer, the World Health Organization declared the H1N1 virus to be a pandemic based on its broad geographic reach and it’s expected to return this fall. (Source: pnwlocalnews.com)
Nonprofit cultural organizations in King County attract 13 million visitors annually to theaters, museums, science centers, and events. Last winter's relatively mild snowstorms clearly demonstrated that most arts groups, already suffering from strained resources, are not well-equipped to manage a significant emergency event.

In response, you are invited to participate in an upcoming two-hour seminar on emergency preparedness. This seminar is hosted by Seattle University, in partnership with ArtsFund, 4Culture, the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and Public Health-Seattle & King County.

You will learn about personal and business applications of basic emergency preparedness as well as how to better prepare for potential crisis scenarios, including snowstorms, earthquakes, floods, and public health emergencies.

As the manager of one of the area’s largest arts groups said, "The economic downturn has burned through a lot of our financial and human resources. We're fragile. A blow like H1N1 could be devastating."

Are you prepared?

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Pigott Auditorium – Seattle University Campus, 901 12th Avenue
Registration: http://prepared.eventbrite.com/
Contact Info. Kevin Maifeld, maifeldk@seattleu.edu

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Wednesday October 28th

Preservation of wilderness is not a simple matter...

 

It's all about wilderness preservation told in the inspiring words of Harvey Manning, the irate birdwatcher.

 

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center 

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Follow the legendary Northwest writer and conservationist as he discovers the beauty of Washington's wildest places, and the need to stand up and fight for their very survival. This is Harvey's story about this state's unique wilderness, his deep passion for it, his years of ramblings as an avid backpacker and climber, and his own personal crusade to preserve and protect it for future generations with a wee bit of preaching thrown in to boot.

 

Filmed and Edited by Robert Chrestensen
Produced and Directed by Robert and Kathy Chrestensen
Words by Harvey Manning

Voice by Earl V. Prebezac
Music by David Michael

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, October 17 in Shorewood Park.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hello All,

 

VOW is beginning a new Urban Trails Project with Lake Forest Park!!!

 

Basic info!

 

The trail project is located on the Grace Cole Nature Park, located at 16715 30th Ave. NE, Lake Forest Park

Last Saturday the trail construction was started.  The new trail on the west side of the park was blazed and masses invasive plants were removed.  

The work will continue on consecutive Saturdays until the trail is graveled completed. 

All volunteers are welcome. 

The work parties run from 9:00AM to 2:30PM.

Bring your lunch and water.

 

Sign up on the calendar section of the VOW web site http://www.trailvolunteers.org

 

The Volunteers at Lake Forest Park provided the following announcement:

 Let's build a trail!
It's begun, folks!
Work continues this Saturday, October 10 on the upper trail at Grace Cole Nature Park!
The crew flagged the new main route (which extends westward above the cutoff going to the "sandpit") and cleared non-natives from a large portion of it.
This week we will salvage native plants from the cleared area.  They will be reused to help stabilize the trail. Rahel, our senior student who has adopted a stretch of the trail as her senior project.  Her crew will be clearing invasive plants from that portion of the trail.
Work is scheduled for consecutive Saturdays until completion of the trail. Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW) will be supervising the trail building, but a lot of the work will be done by us (the volunteers).
We welcome you!
The scheduled time will be 9 AM to 3 PM.  Come for a portion of that time if you can't spend all day.
Volunteers are asked to bring their lunch, water and work gloves.
It's good to have long sleeves and log pants, as well.  Tools will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own loppers, shears or other tools if you like.
In addition to trail-building there will be blackberry removal by the boardwalk on Saturday, October 17.
This is a great opportunity for all of us to get out and do a good turn for our parks.  It's also an opportunity for students to fulfill Community Service requirements.  That's 6 hours each Saturday if you choose to stay the entire day (which is optional)!  A bonus is you'll learn from experts how trails are built.  Under age persons please bring written consent of parent or guardian or, better yet, bring the parents along.
Saturday trail-building will continue here until this portion of the trail is completed.
Grace Cole Nature Park is at NE 163rd and 30th Ave. NE.  You get there by heading south on 28th Ave. NE from NE. 178th Street.  When the street turns to the left you'll see the signs to your right. Take the trail up the hill from the parking area at the corner.

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

Oct 10            West Duwamish Greenbelt

 

We will be doing a lot of fun rock work in this huge Green belt

Time    9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Please join us!

Meet at            The corner of 14th Ave SW & SW Holly St

Look for the Trails project here sign.

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

 

VOW I90 Projects

 

VOW was active on the three I 90 Forest Service areas this year, Asahel Curtis, Gold Creek Pond and Tinkham/Discovery with 10 work parties. Asahel Curtis trail received some major work, removing a set of steps and then re-grading the path to a trail. Another location had a major reroute of the trail and then rebuilding an existing raised gravel path (turnpike). VOW worked with 4 organizations including Discover your Northwest, Conservation Northwest, and O2 (Outdoor Opportunities) to install bat boxes on Gold Creek Pond.

 

Much of the major work on Asahel Curtis was accomplished this year with a South Center REI store employees work party and many thanks goes out to REI who has been long time VOW supporter.  The event was attended by Sally Jewell (REI - CEO) and Rob Iwamoto (Mount Baker Snoqualmie Forest Supervisor), Kathleen Dowd-Gailey (National Forest Foundation Northwest Director) along with a lot of other notables.

 

Snoqualmie Ranger District Recreation/Trails unit of the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest nominated Harold Buresh of North Bend, Washington for the honor of Forest Service Volunteer of the Year for 2008. On August 14, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack presented Buresh with his award in a ceremony in Seattle. Check out the announcement at http://www.fs.fed.us/fstoday/090814/03.0About_Us/vol_of_year.html

 

VOW IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

Lots of thanks to Paul Maciocha, this years Iron Goat Crew boss and very major participant in the Iron Goat Trail effort this year for the following activity report:

 

As far as our main project goes, i.e., the Horseshoe Tunnel/Kelley Creek Trail Spur, we've completed approx. 690 ft. which brings us close to our goal. We'll probably be about 50' or so shy plus construction of the last puncheon/bridge on this stretch. Dennis, with a little help from his friends, finished 3 puncheon/bridges in very dicey spots. This has been a very challenging project, so, kudos to Jim Mattson, Ed Burns and everyone who has participated.

 

    Volunteer Vacation was a great success, again, working in some tough terrain. Thanks to the S. Everett Rotary guys for coming out in August and brushing the upper grade out of Martin Creek. We've had several casual vols who came out several times and were a great help. What more can I say about our longtime regulars?

 

    We also had help this year from PNTA, Pacific Northwest Trails Assoc. Led by Steve Roll, they built a puncheon/bridge at Stream 3 and a turnpike on the trail down to the Martin Cr. bridge site.

 

    As far as October goes, we had a nice turnout on a beautiful day for National Public Land's Day, followed by a barbecue, courtesy of the Evans'. The next work parties, subject to change due to weather, etc., will be const. on Wednesday and maint. on Saturday.

 

    We also took care of several significant maintenance projects this year. Installed and repaired several culverts, removed a root wad near the Adit, repaired railings, reroute on th Windy Pt. Crossover, reroute at Str. 3 on the upper grade, etc.

 

IGT Maintenance Work parties are continuing on some Saturdays in October and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday and the “other” Saturdays through the season.


VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning to come together for an end of season get together and slide show at the REI main Store in Seattle. A meeting room has been reserved for Tuesday, November 10.  More details later.

 

Announcements, maybe of interest

 

Shelly Shellabarger the Volunteer Program Coordinator for City of Bellevue, forwarded this note about a new seminar.

VOW or the City of Bellevue has no information about this seminar and provides the listing for information only.

 

Benevon is a commercial organization.

 

Free Financial Sustainability Seminar in Seattle November 10th

Join Laura Fixler, Benevon Instructor & Coach, as she talks about a tested system to identify and cultivate donors who love your mission—donors who will give for operations, capital, and endowment—even during challenging financial times.

November 10th:  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Lillian Rice Senior Services Center

To Register:  http://www.benevon.com/intros/Register-Seattle  

Questions: email alaina.szlachta@benevon.com 

Alaina Szlachta

Community Resources Representative

Benevon

206-428-2158

www.benevon.com

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Wednesday October 28th

Preservation of wilderness is not a simple matter...

 

It's all about wilderness preservation told in the inspiring words of Harvey Manning, the irate birdwatcher.

 

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for socializing

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center 

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Follow the legendary Northwest writer and conservationist as he discovers the beauty of Washington's wildest places, and the need to stand up and fight for their very survival. This is Harvey's story about this state's unique wilderness, his deep passion for it, his years of ramblings as an avid backpacker and climber, and his own personal crusade to preserve and protect it for future generations with a wee bit of preaching thrown in to boot.

 

Filmed and Edited by Robert Chrestensen
Produced and Directed by Robert and Kathy Chrestensen
Words by Harvey Manning

Voice by Earl V. Prebezac
Music by David Michael

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, October 17 in Shorewood Park.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program is now scheduling work parties for every other Saturday to accommodate midweek youth group volunteers. There is no Seattle Parks Trails Program work party this Saturday, June 20.

 

Please Join Seattle Parks tomorrow, Wednesday June 16  

 

June 16th     West Duwamish Greenbelt

                        TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

Project            One of our biggest stretches of forests in the entire city. A great opportunity for people who want to be in a real urban forest. Bring water, please! Tools & gloves will be provided.

Sponsor         Trails Program    

Time               9:30a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Meet at      We will be meeting at the corner of 14th ave & Holly St.

Contact      Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 rjacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website     http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm 

  

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

 

IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

Tom Davis
sent the following about the puncheon bridge at stream # 3 lower grade:

 

The lower grade of IGT is now wheelchair accessible.  Thanks to the hard work of a crew from the Pacific Northwest Trails Association (PNTA) consisting of 3 Job Corps enrollees and an adult leader completed a 14' long puncheon bridge at stream # 3 on June 8.  This was the site of previous flood (Nov. 2006) and major avalanche damage in 2008 that destroyed the previous puncheon bridge.  The crew worked the week of June 1, with temperatures hitting the 90s for some of their work days.  The crew was funded by Congressional appropriations for Storm Damage to Trails that were received by the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie NF last fall.  Let's hope the next natural disaster will be nicer to the IGT.

 

Dennis Evans and Paul Maciocha sent the following info on the National Trails Day activities

 

Turnout for National Trails Day on the Iron Goat Trail was fairly light but the volunteers who did participate were eager and energetic. The Mountaineers provided several volunteers and several National Trails Day t-shirts. A substantial amount of work was accomplished on the Horseshoe Tunnel Extension trail which is currently under construction.

 

After the work party, Richard Botts cooked at a barbecue hamburger feed in Skykomish for the volunteers. All-in-all it was a successful event.

 

Other News: This year on the trail will see the construction of four puncheon bridges on the section of the trail that is currently under construction. The lumber order was placed earlier this month and the lumber (including several very substantial timbers to be used for bridge stringers) was delivered on June 9. Construction has already started on the first of the planned bridges. Some of the material being used was salvaged from the destroyed viewing platform at the Old Cascade Tunnel.

 

The Mountaineers have been great supporters of VOW and the Iron Goat Trail since the beginning of the project. We always appreciate them when they help out.

 

 

During the National Trails Day work party much progress continued on the Spur Trail. The previous Wed. & Thur. we did some boulder busting and also had a Grip Hoist training session and pulled out a log and a couple of stumps.

 

IGT Maintenance Work parties are on some Saturdays in June and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday and the “other” Saturdays through the season.


The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning to firm up for an end of season get together and slide show at the REI main Store in Seattle. A meeting room has been reserved for Tuesday, November 10.  More details later.

 

VOW I90 Projects

 

The next big I90 Projects family event will be at Gold Creek Pond and trail on July 25!

 

 

Good Philosophy

 

The following is from a message received from the folks at “Leave No Trace

 

"There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing"

 

I overheard this walking down my street, of all places, the other morning, and had to smile. Colorado is notorious for quickly changing weather, but some things like afternoon thundershowers in the summer are fairly predictable.

 

I might even take this statement a little further and substitute "bad planning" for "bad clothing".  Every season can be enjoyable when you have the right gear, clothing and backup options.  Personally, some of my favorite trips and experiences have been in what some would consider "bad weather".  I have found that often our environment is revealed in totally new and unique ways during different weather conditions.

 

A quick look at the forecast, and a little research as to the typical conditions for a given area and season can make or break a trip or even a day out.  If traveling somewhere new, stop in the local Outdoor Retailer and ask the local experts what to expect. So even if the "weather" doesn't cooperate, be able to make the most of every trip on your list this year, and enjoy!

 

Other Happenings,

 

Forest Service Replaces Ice Caves Bridge, Heavy Construction Closes Trail

 

Hikers hoping to trek the popular Ice Caves Trail and visitors wanting to enjoy the Big Four Picnic Area will not have to wait much longer.  Construction of a new trail bridge over the Stillaguamish River is underway.  The trail has been closed since November 2006 floods washed the bridge out.

 

Heavy construction will keep the picnic area and trail closed until the project is finished.  "During construction, the area won’t be safe for anyone,” said Peter Forbes, Darrington District Ranger.   Even with signs posted and gates closed, as many as 125 people a day have been parking on the Mountain Loop Highway, walking around the gates and the closure signs to get to the trail. Those continuing to ignore the closures signs and enter the area may be ticketed and fined, Forbes said.  The area includes the Ice Caves and Big Four parking lots and 300 feet from the trail.

 

The current closure won’t last long, “We are hoping to have the bridge done and the trail open by early July," he said.

 

The Ice Caves Trail is a heavily used, barrier-free trail on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, designated as a National Recreation Trail. It crosses the South Fork Stillaguamish River about one-third mile from the trailhead and continues beyond the river for three-quarters of a mile to the base of Big Four Mountain, where the ice caves form. The Ice Caves Picnic Area and Trail are located about 25 miles east of Granite Falls along the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway. Funding for the repairs is from the Western Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration under the Emergency Relief to Federally Owned Roads program.

 

Unfortunately, the upper end of the trail received additional damage by heavy snow and avalanches during the winters of 2007 and 2008. More work is planned to complete repairs on the besieged trail later this year.  For more information about roads and trail closures, go to alerts and conditions on http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/.    

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June. 

Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

The following is from the group at Dead Horse Canyon in Seattle’s Lakeridge Park.

Check out the Times article on Lakeridge park and Taylor Creek at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2002008973_nwwshady19.html

 

Summer has arrived and we are busy in Dead Horse Canyon with hauling gravel for trail maintenance.  The low spots and muddy spots on the trail are being filled in but we still have a long way to go to finish the job.   We are also hauling unbelievable amounts of trash out of hard-to-reach areas of the canyon that have not been previously worked.  In May, our big find was a huge lawn mower/rototiller that appeared to date back to the 1940s.  It took four strong fraternity brothers to carry it up a hill and out to the street in one of the neighborhoods that surrounds the canyon.  There is also an old refrigerator in the area behind our house that we have not been able to remove.  With enough man/woman power and a little brain power, we should also be able to get it gone.  Another project is clearing invasives for fall planting with natives.

 

So let's all join together this Saturday, the 20th for another project.  At 8:30 AM, we will meet under the blue tent at the trail head (hairpin turn at corner of Holyoke and 68th Ave. S.)  Please dress for the weather, wear long pants and long sleeves and sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them.  Our supply of gloves is dwindling.  We will supply tools and refreshments and lots of fun. 

 

Call Jude or Darrell at (206) 772-1452 for further information. 

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center          Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Program: Long-distance hiking in Europe, skiing in Europe, and hiking in Northeast US.
Patti Polinsky will present highlights from numerous Mountaineers outings.

 

The Mountaineers Foothills Branch has requested this dance announcement conducted with Bellevue Parks and the Tracks program.

 

Come celebrate the Eastside's newest social dance venue!!

Great Eastside location just off 1-90! Beautiful wooden dance floor! Fantastic dance music!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Co-sponsored by Bellevue Parks and Recreation, City of Bellevue, the Tracks program, and The Foothills Branch of The Mountaineers

WHERE: South Bellevue Community Center, 4509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA  

From I-90, take exit 11 (if heading West) or 11A (if heading East) onto 150th Ave SE.

Go south on 150th Ave SE (0.8 miles), turn right onto SE Newport Way. 

Go 0.2 miles and turn left into the Community Center driveway.  Park at the top of the hill.

WHEN: 8:00- 9:00 pm: Swing Dance Lesson with Ari Levitt (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

9:00-11:30 pm: Dance to a wonderful mix of Swing, Waltz, Latin, Ballroom, Blues, and more.

COST:  $10.00 ALL AGES WELCOME! GREAT FOR SINGLES, COUPLES, & FAMILIES!

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm


Shelly Shellabarger, the Volunteer Program Coordinator with the City of Bellevue sent the following announcement on this upcoming training

 

Social Networking 101 Training

June 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crossroads Community Center

 

This Social Networking panel will focus on the basics (nuts and bolts) of social media and how it works. In addition, attendees can learn how social networking can be utilized by community, non-profits and other agencies to increase exposure, as well as to expand marketing and outreach. Panelists from the social networking field with provide valuable information and answer questions in an interactive workshop. Resource materials will also be available. There is no fee, but RSVPs are required. RSVP to volunteer@bellevuewa.gov.

 

DIRECTIONS TO CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CENTER

Our Address:

16000 NE 10th St.

Bellevue, WA 98008

Ph: (425) 452-4874

Hours: 9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, June 20 in Shorewood Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the Street Festival beginning at 10:00. Contact the office if you would like to help. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts, contact Diane Haugen 206 363 3287 chamber@lakecitychamber.org

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

June 13         St. Marks Greenbelt

TRAILS RESTORATION

We will be continuing the construction of a rock wall and staircase at the bottom of the first switch back. Great trail work that will last for a long tome lots of fun!

Sponsor         Trail Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time   9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Please join us

Meet at           The south end of the parking at St. Marks Cathedral.124510th Ave E.

Look for the Trails project here sign.

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

Jacobo is going to start some mid week work parties in the summer. Contact the office if you are interested.

 

VOW I90 Projects

 

The next big I90 Projects family event will be at Gold Creek Pond and trail on July 25!

 

Recap of the June 6th VOW National Trails Day event at Asahel Curtis Trail by Annik Wolfe


It was a good day for trail work. No rain. It was not hot and we worked in the shade.

Everyone worked until they pooped out but had great time. The picnic area section of the Asahel Curtis Nature Trail was cleared and brushed and even the Asahel Curtis monument was given a face lift! Another (mammoth) project was the removal of an old set of rotted stairs replacing it with a regraded gently sloped trail with the addition of a culvert at the end. Also one of the bridge approaches was regraded to keep the bridge free of debris.

The event was topped off with a great picnic of hamburgers, dogs & vegie burgers, salads, fruit, and cookies. Everybody had fun and all spent time at the picnic trading stories. It was a pleasant afternoon and did not get cool until 5PM.

All attendees received a T-shirt and a Northwest Forest day pass.  

Lots of thanks to the Mountaineers Foothills Branch in helping with this event!

 

IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

Chinook Middle School - IGT Enthusiasm

 

On May 20th Bob Kelly had the opportunity to talk to over 100 students, at Chinook Middle School, who toured the IGT on June 5th with Oralee Kramer's field trip. He attended five classes during the day and made a presentation titled: The Railroad History of Stevens Pass.

We covered the discovery, building and operation of the GN line. The students learned about switchbacks, snow sheds, the horseshoe tunnel, Wellington avalanche, both long tunnels and current rail operations. Each student will be making a one page report about the trail with photographs as part of a larger assignment. Bob showed them several "then and now" type photos that seemed to amaze them about all the changes. The students were excited about the visit and were loaded with questions about the GN and the trail.

 

IGT Maintenance Work parties are on some Saturdays in June and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday and the “other” Saturdays through the season.


The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The
Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning to come together for an end of season get together and slide show at the REI main Store in Seattle. A meeting room has been reserved for Tuesday, November 10.  More details later.

 

Web Tools (or Toys?)

 

Shelly Shellabarger the Volunteer Program Coordinator for City of Bellevue, sent this note about the new national volunteering web site

 

Check out this new National volunteering website.  You can sign up for updates on national calls to service, and post your volunteer opportunities online. 

 

You Can Help Renew America

President Obama is calling on all Americans to join together in a sustained, collaborative, and focused effort to address the nation's most challenging problems.

Use this site to register projects that will bring people together and engage them in service to strengthen your community and our nation as a whole.

 

Benefits of Registering Your Project

Millions of Americans will be looking for opportunities to answer the President's call to service.

Listed projects will receive national and local media attention.

Engaged and concerned citizens will have ready access and increased awareness to your cause.

 

Cool Music

 

Music over the internet has been a hot topic and eventually became a matter of concern.  Record companies and performers have actively monitored their rights of compensation for their work.

 

Not all performers have sought such control over their work. Many musicians view the internet as a way to get their music out to fans and gain more following of their art.

 

Michael Fleck and Galena Reiter of Blue-Ize have put some of their music in mp3 format on their web site http://www.undefinedmusic.org/index.html including a song Michael wrote in the Skykomish Cascadia Inn bar a couple of years ago on the 1910 Wellington avalanche disaster.  One of the trail heads on the Iron Goat Trail is at the Wellington town site. The title of the song is “The Wellington Train Disaster

 

If you want to hear the song off your computer you will need to download it.

A lot of people know how to do this, but in case you are not sure in MS Windows:

 

Go to the www.undefinedmusic.org  web site

Find the music button on the left side of the page, click on it

Find the button on the bottom of the page for “the Wellington Train Disaster” song.

Put the mouse arrow over the button and use the RIGHT click function of the mouse

A screen will come up and choose “save target as” with a left click

A regular “Save as” screen will appear and choose somewhere to put the file.

After the file has downloaded go to the file and click on it. Usually Windows media player will come up and the song will start.

 

Other Happenings,

 

MT. BAKER-SNOQUALMIE NATIONAL FOREST

Economic Recovery Projects Benefit Forest Roads and Watershed and Ecosystem Restoration 

 

EVERETT, WA, June 4, 2009 – Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest will receive $5.59 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to maintain and repair roads and bridges, decommission and store roads, and upgrade culverts to enhance drainage in watersheds.  “This is very good news for our local communities and the Puget Sound ecosystem,” said Forest Supervisor Rob Iwamoto.

 

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 106 projects Tuesday, funded at more than $228 million, located on Forest Service land in 31 states.  “These road maintenance projects will provide for public health and safety, resource protection, and access to lands in the National Forests,” said Vilsack.  “The rehabilitation of roads will improve water quality by reducing sediments in nearby streams and help to restore natural resources and habitat for fish in areas impacted by deterioration and erosion of road surfaces.”  

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June.  Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Program: Long-distance hiking in Europe, skiing in Europe, and hiking in Northeast US.
Patti Polinsky will present highlights from numerous Mountaineers outings.

 

The Mountaineers Foothills Branch has requested this dance announcement conducted with Bellevue Parks and the Tracks program.

 

Come celebrate the Eastside's newest social dance venue!!

Great Eastside location just off 1-90! Beautiful wooden dance floor! Fantastic dance music!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Co-sponsored by Bellevue Parks and Recreation, City of Bellevue, the Tracks program, and The Foothills Branch of The Mountaineers

WHERE: South Bellevue Community Center, 4509 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA  

From I-90, take exit 11 (if heading West) or 11A (if heading East) onto 150th Ave SE.

Go south on 150th Ave SE (0.8 miles), turn right onto SE Newport Way. 

Go 0.2 miles and turn left into the Community Center driveway.  Park at the top of the hill.

WHEN: 8:00- 9:00 pm: Swing Dance Lesson with Ari Levitt (Level: Beginner/Intermediate)

9:00-11:30 pm: Dance to a wonderful mix of Swing, Waltz, Latin, Ballroom, Blues, and more.

COST:  $10.00 ALL AGES WELCOME! GREAT FOR SINGLES, COUPLES, & FAMILIES!

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Shelly Shellabarger, the Volunteer Program Coordinator with the City of Bellevue sent the following announcement on this upcoming training

 

Social Networking 101 Training

June 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crossroads Community Center

 

This Social Networking panel will focus on the basics (nuts and bolts) of social media and how it works. In addition, attendees can learn how social networking can be utilized by community, non-profits and other agencies to increase exposure, as well as to expand marketing and outreach. Panelists from the social networking field with provide valuable information and answer questions in an interactive workshop. Resource materials will also be available. There is no fee, but RSVPs are required. RSVP to volunteer@bellevuewa.gov.

 

DIRECTIONS TO CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CENTER

Our Address:

16000 NE 10th St.

Bellevue, WA 98008

Ph: (425) 452-4874

Hours: 9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, June 20 in Shorewood Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the Street Festival beginning at 10:00. Contact the office if you would like to help. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts, contact Diane Haugen 206 363 3287 chamber@lakecitychamber.org

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Green Seattle Partnership work party for next Saturday!

 

June 6  Frink Park

 

Join in for National Trails Day with the Green Seattle Partnership to spruce-up our local Frink Park trail system.  Our trails are getting lots of use and need some attention.  Your helping hands can put down a fresh layer of gravel and clear the way of debris and rough spots. If we have extra energy we can continue forest restoration efforts and mulch our new native plantings.
Time: 12:00 am - 3:30 pm Saturday June 6th
Where to meet: Gather by the Parks Kiosk at the intersection of Lake Washington Blvd South and Frink Place (NW corner of 34th and Jackson) Look for signs!
What to bring: Your favorite gloves, long pants and heavy footwear. We will provide gloves (if you don’t have any) as well as all the tools you’ll need. Don’t forget to bring a snack and something to drink. See you there!
Address and directions to site: 400 Lake Washington Blvd South

See website for directions. www.FrinkPark.org  

Tip: the project site is NOT near the lake shore.

Where to park: Several pull offs along Lake Washington Blvd or down at Leschi Park proper.

 

VOW I90 Projects

 

June 6th VOW NATIONAL TRAILS DAY EVENT AT ASAHEL CURTIS TRAIL

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is holding a National Trails Day event in partnership with Mountaineers Foothills Branch and Mt Baker Snoqualmie National forest. The event will run from 8:30am to 4:00 pm and will be followed by a free picnic.

All the volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
The trail maintenance will consist of installing culverts, repairing drainage, removing existing stairs to establish a new trail grade and cutting back some fallen trees.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, water, gloves and wear long pants, hiking boots and long-sleeved shirts.

Hard hats and tools will be provided by VOW and the Forest Service.

Go to the June VOW calendar, National Trails Day I-90 to sign up: http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp?mo=6&org=vow or call Annik (206-368-2688).

 

Directions to work party parking:
Drive I-90 East to Exit 47.

At the stop sign turn LEFT.

Drive to T in the road and turn RIGHT and go 1/4 mile.

Park at the parking lot on the right. This is the picnic area parking lot (NOT the trailhead parking lot). If you have any questions contact Annik Wolfe at annikw@gmail.com or 206-368-2688. 


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

JOHN D. SPELLMAN Historic Preservation Awards

 

The award ceremony for the King County Executive's John D. Spellman Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation was held at Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center in North Bend, WA on May 29, 2009.  The main partners in the Scenic Interpretive Site received the award in the Interpretation category.  The award was presented by Congressman Dave Reichert, District 8 to representatives of Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, Washington State Department of Transportation, King County Road Services Division, United States Forest Service, and the Stevens Pass Greenway for their "Exemplary achievement in creating the Iron Goat Trail Interpretive Site at Scenic, Washington."

 

Pictures of the IGT award event are on page 4 of a temporary web site from Ned Ahrens, photographer, King County Department of Transportation that will be open for several weeks at:

http://your.kingcounty.gov/photocenter/09SpellmanAwards/Webpages/gallery-01.html

 

Tom Davis identified the people in the IGT award group picture as:

Left to Right:  Judy Lorenzo, WSDOT; Bobbi Garver, WSDOT, Mike Sharpe, VOW; Congressman Dave Reichert; Ruth Ittner, VOW; Tom Davis, USFS, Skykomish RD; Paul Mahre, WSDOT; Janet Wall, VOW; Linda Dougherty, King County Road Services Division; and Henry Sladek, Stevens Pass Greenway and VOW.

 
Iron Goat Trail Project Committee activities for May.

From Dennis Evans, The Iron Goat Trail coordinator is the following update:

 

It’s been a busy month on the Iron Goat trail.

 

Crew Leader Refresher Training was conducted on May 9. During that work party, we installed or began installing two culverts, built a reroute on the Windy Point Crossover to bypass a set of steps that had never been very satisfactory, and began the arduous chore of removing a root wad from the middle of the trail near the twin tunnels adit.

 

On May 16, 30 and 31, at our request, Washington Trails Association held work parties to help us with trail cleanup after the winter. During those work parties, volunteers cleaned debris from the trail, installed another culvert, finished root wad cleanup, and built a reroute around a sinkhole at wall #4 on the upper grade. On May 31, WTA fielded a work crew of 27 volunteers. About half of them went down into the new section of trail currently under construction and helped with construction.

 

With the help of WTA, we are further along in spring trail cleanup than we have been for some time at this time of year. Many thanks to WTA for their generous support.

 

The work crew on May 30 was composed primarily of volunteers from the Boeing Alpine Club. We also thank Boeing Alpine club for their support.

 

Wednesdays in May were strictly construction work, as all Wednesdays will be throughout the year. Construction this year will be especially challenging, and we welcome all comers.

 

IGT Maintenance Work parties are on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The
Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW has some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning to come together for an end of season get together and slide show at the REI main Store in Seattle. A meeting room has been reserved for Tuesday, November 10.  More details later.

 

Volunteer!

 

There is a lot of volunteer effort to work on trails and natural habitat and much of it is not actually on the trail or even the on the land.  Record keeping, publicity, answering inquiries, maintaining an office, finding a way to fund administrative expenses are all essential aspects of any non profit volunteer effort.

 

VOW’s mission is:

 

VOW trains our volunteers to be stewards of the environment. We partner with land managers to build trails, restore habitat, and preserve Washington State's rich heritage.

 

Working with other groups is always rewarding to learn what they have developed that is successful and pass along what we have observed over the last 25 years.

 

If you would like to help out in VOW’s mission beyond the on the ground activities, contact the office at info@trailvolunteers.org . We are definitely looking for help with publicity, office staffing, the web page, special projects, and database.

 

Other Happenings,

 

Fees Waived on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest on National Trails Day!

 

Saturday is National Trails Day, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest for free.  

 

The Forest Service is waiving fees at National Forest recreation day-use fee sites, which normally require a $5 fee per vehicle or recreation pass, such as the Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Golden Age, or Golden Access Passport.  

 

June 6 marks the 17th annual National Trails Day.  People can join the celebration by enjoying a hike at a favorite trail or by participating in a planned volunteer activity such as a trail work project or dedication. The United States has about 200,000 miles of community, state, and federal trails, according to the American Hiking Society’s website.  The website lists more than a thousand National Trails Day events planned across the country.  For more information or to find an event near you, visit www.americanhiking.org/NTD.aspx .    

 

Revenue from recreation fees are used to maintain the facilities and services associated with trails and other outdoor recreation sites.  In 2008, recreation fee sites, including campgrounds and cabin rentals, generated approximately $8 million in the Pacific Northwest for the Forest Service in Washington and Oregon.  Many of these dollars funded trail maintenance and other recreation projects completed by youth crews or were combined with money from grants or partnerships to fund larger projects.  To see how these funds were used, visit:  www.fs.fed.us/r6/passespermits/accomplishments .  

 

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June.  Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

 

The VOW office has received some free passes for a screening of Sam Mendes’ first comedic film AWAY WE GO on Tuesday, June 9 at Uptown Cinemas, 511 Queen Anne Avenue, Seattle. The movie is scheduled to open on June 12 in Seattle. It is about a couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. We do not know anything about this film so we cannot recommend it, but we do have free passes.

 

The last time VOW received free passes from Uptown Cinema was for the screening of a certain wildlife film, “March of the Penguins” (yes that “March of the Penguins”) which was a lot of fun. Contact the office if you would like a pair of tickets, first come first serve. THIS IS NEXT TUESDAY.

 

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

The program will feature local hikes from a variety of sources. More details next week.

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Shelly Shellabarger, the Volunteer Program Coordinator with the City of Bellevue sent the following announcement on this upcoming training

 

Social Networking 101 Training

June 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crossroads Community Center

 

This Social Networking panel will focus on the basics (nuts and bolts) of social media and how it works. In addition, attendees can learn how social networking can be utilized by community, non-profits and other agencies to increase exposure, as well as to expand marketing and outreach. Panelists from the social networking field with provide valuable information and answer questions in an interactive workshop. Resource materials will also be available. There is no fee, but RSVPs are required. RSVP to volunteer@bellevuewa.gov.

 

DIRECTIONS TO CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CENTER

Our Address:

16000 NE 10th St.

Bellevue, WA 98008

Ph: (425) 452-4874

Hours: 9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, June 20 in Shorewood Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the Street Festival beginning at 10:00. Contact the office if you would like to help. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts, contact Diane Haugen 206 363 3287 chamber@lakecitychamber.org

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

May 30th  Llandover Woods

TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

We will be doing some routine maintenance along with some trail improvements. Anyone can help and have great time - Tools & gloves will be provided...

 

Trail Program& GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time    9:30 a.m.- 230 p.m.

Meet at the main parking lot off of NW 145th St. and 3rd Ave. NW, look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

VOW I90 Projects

 

June 6th VOW NATIONAL TRAILS DAY EVENT AT ASAHEL CURTIS TRAIL

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is holding another National Trails Day event in partnership with Mountaineers Foothills Branch and Mt Baker Snoqualmie National forest. The event will run from 8:30am to 4:00 pm and will be followed by a free picnic.

All the volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
The trail maintenance will consist of installing culverts, repairing drainage, removing existing stairs to establish a new trail grade and cutting back some fallen trees.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, water, gloves and wear long pants, hiking boots and long-sleeved shirts.

Hard hats and tools will be provided by VOW and the Forest Service.

Go to the June VOW calendar, National Trails Day I-90 to sign up: http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp?mo=6&org=vow or call Annik (206-368-2688).

 

Directions to work party parking:
Drive I-90 East to Exit 47.

At the stop sign turn LEFT.

Drive to T in the road and turn RIGHT and go 1/4 mile.

Park at the parking lot on the right. This is the picnic area parking lot (NOT the trailhead parking lot). If you have any questions contact Annik Wolfe at annikw@gmail.com or 206-368-2688. 


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

King County JOHN D. SPELLMAN Historic Preservation Award

 

Volunteers For Outdoor Washington’s Iron Goat Trail will be one of the recipients. The King County Preservation Program event will take place this Friday May 29 at Meadowbrook Farm, near North Bend. The following news release link describes the award.
http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2009/May/20preservation.aspx

All members and friends of Volunteers for Outdoor Washington (VOW) are invited to attend.  This is a big honor so if you're free please come celebrate this Iron Goat Trail and Volunteers for Outdoor Washington achievement.  It begins at 10:00 am and is over at noon.

For the directions:
http://www.meadowbrookfarmpreserve.org/directions.html


The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

IGT
Maintenance Work parties are on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The
Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW will be also receiving some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons this week. Check with the office if you would like one

 

Plans are beginning for an end of season get together at the REI main Store in Seattle sometimes around the second week in November, More details later.

 

Cool Connections

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington will be updating its web page soon, anyone wishing to help and help is needed, please contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org or 206 517 3019. We are thinking of adding a link page listing all the organizations volunteering on trails in the area. If you have a favorite organization or trail, send it and it can be part of the listing. There’s work to be done on trails and it’s good to recognize organizations and get some bodies out there doing it

 

Other Happenings,

 

Hiking and camping season opens Memorial Day on Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

 

Hiking and camping season opens this Memorial Day weekend, and while memories of winter’s storms may seem a distant past, many favorite trails are still unavailable.  Despite snow, all campgrounds on the forest will be open except for Denny Creek, Middle Fork and Tinkham in the Snoqualmie Ranger District, and Miller River Group in the Skykomish Ranger District. Low elevation areas such as Denny Creek and trails along the Mountain Loop are still under snow.

 

“Deep snow is still found at many popular recreation sites, roads and trails around the forest,” said Gary Paull, trails and wilderness specialist for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. “Visitors should exercise caution when hiking and camping in the forest.  Keep aware of your surroundings, hot sun may weaken large snow cornices on mountain ridges causing them to collapse and start a slide,” he said. Snow covered trails can cause confusion and hikers can get lost, added Paull.

 

View the accessibility of trails and roads affected by storm damage at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/conditions/may-2009-status-report.shtml . Current trail and road conditions are updated at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/conditions/ .

 

Reserve a campground on the National Recreation Reservation System at www.recreation.gov .  Visit HooDoo to find a forest campsite and check availability at http://www.hoodoo.com/Mount_Baker-Snoqualmie_national_forest.htm. For campground questions call Rhonda Dow at 360-691-1841. The Northwest Avalanche Center can advise visitors of avalanche danger at http://www.nwac.us/ or 206-526-6677.

 

May is bicycling month. REI Flagship Store and the Cascade Bicycle Club have some events through the month. Check out this and the other free outdoor oriented events for the Flagship store at http://www.rei.com/stores/store_events.jsp?store=11

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Alan Bauer, Mountaineers Books author and photographer, will present slides and hiking tales at the next Foothills Branch membership meeting on Thu. May 28. Bauer will talk about his latest day-hiking guide, “Day hiking in the Central Cascades.” Books will be for sale by cash or check only.

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June.  Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Shelly Shellabarger, the Volunteer Program Coordinator with the City of Bellevue sent the following announcement on this upcoming training

 

Social Networking 101 Training

June 23 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Crossroads Community Center

 

This Social Networking panel will focus on the basics (nuts and bolts) of social media and how it works. In addition, attendees can learn how social networking can be utilized by community, non-profits and other agencies to increase exposure, as well as to expand marketing and outreach. Panelists from the social networking field with provide valuable information and answer questions in an interactive workshop. Resource materials will also be available. There is no fee, but RSVPs are required. RSVP to volunteer@bellevuewa.gov.

 

DIRECTIONS TO CROSSROADS COMMUNITY CENTER

Our Address:

16000 NE 10th St.

Bellevue, WA 98008

Ph: (425) 452-4874

Hours: 9am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, closed Sunday

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, June 20 in Shorewood Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the Street Festival beginning at 10:00. Contact the office if you would like to help. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts, contact Diane Haugen 206 363 3287 chamber@lakecitychamber.org

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

May 23rd      Camp Long

TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

This 68 acre forest has a lot of great trails accessible to every one. The trail work you help us with will have an immediate impact and last for years to come!

Your neighborhood park needs you.

Bring water, please! - Tools & gloves will be provided...

Sponsor           Seattle Trail Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time    9:30a.m.- 230 p.m.

Meet at the main parking lot off of SW Brandon St., look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

June 6th NATIONAL TRAILS DAY EVENT AT ASAHEL CURTIS TRAIL

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington is holding another National Trails Day event in partnership with Mountaineers Foothills Branch and Mt Baker Snoqualmie National forest. The event will run from 8:30am to 4:00 pm and will be followed by a free picnic.

All the volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.
The trail maintenance will consist of installing culverts, repairing drainage, removing existing stairs to establish a new trail grade and cutting back some fallen trees.

Volunteers should bring a lunch, water, gloves and wear long pants, hiking boots and long-sleeved shirts.

Hard hats and tools will be provided by VOW and the Forest Service.

Go to the June VOW calendar, National Trails Day I-90 to sign up: http://www.trailvolunteers.org/calendar.asp?mo=6&org=vow or call Annik (206-368-2688).

 

Directions to work party parking:
Drive I-90 East to Exit 47.

At the stop sign turn LEFT.

Drive to T in the road and turn RIGHT and go 1/4 mile.

Park at the parking lot on the right. This is the picnic area parking lot (NOT the trailhead parking lot). If you have any questions contact Annik Wolfe at annikw@gmail.com or 206-368-2688. 


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

IGT
Maintenance Work parties are on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The special Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The
Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2. VOW will be also receiving some Iron Goat Trail logo “Pin Back” buttons this week. Check with the office if you would like one

 

The 4Culture Heritage program “Industry” tourism brochure has a section on the Iron Goat Trail VOW has these brochures in the office. Let us know if you would like a copy

 

Plans are beginning for an end of season get together at the REI main Store in Seattle sometimes around the second week in November, More details later.

 

Cool Connections

 

King County Conservation District

 

King County Conservation District has a volunteer event program that is coordinated by Adam Jackson.  They have a Wetland Plant Cooperative nursery where volunteer hours (with them) donated can be exchanged for plant material. For every hour donated you can receive $10 in plant material.  So if you are ever in need of plants for projects please contact Adam to set up a work party for you or your group.

The district also has an event program with the Green Seattle Partnership on the Longfellow Creek Legency Trail in West Seattle. The next work party is on June 20th.

 

Adam Jackson

Volunteer Coordinator

King Conservation District

volunteer@kingcd.org

Phone: (425) 282-1908

Cell: (206) 890-4722

 

For more information about the volunteer program please see the webpage: 

http://www.kingcd.org/pro_vol.htm

 

Flash Volunteer

 

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington participated in last weekends Earthshare “Day in the Park” event at Golden Gardens and had a chance to talk with Flashvolunteer, a new local volunteer organization that is due to launch this summer.  VOW is excited about this group and hopes to partner with them in the future.

 

Below is from their website:

 

Discover. Connect. Make better.

 

Flash Volunteer is a local Seattle nonprofit that seeks to inspire neighborhood-focused volunteerism through the use of user-friendly, barrier-free, online tools that connect volunteers to neighborhoods, nonprofits to volunteers and people to projects.

 

Benefits to individuals:

 

One-time volunteer opportunities for issues you care about, in the neighborhoods you live and work in.

Easy registration. Complete your profile and you are ready to go.

Become a micro volunteer manager with tools to plan and organize your own local volunteer activity

Connect with fellow volunteers after each event online and in person

FV identifies events that fit your interests and "pushes" them to you through your personal volunteer homepage. Never search again!

Wake up Saturday morning with no plans? FV has last minute volunteer opportunities and will text them to you on your couch!

 

Benefits to Nonprofits, Community Groups and Local Government:

 

Access to a large pool of engaged volunteers

No cost

Use of the innovative Flash Volunteer networking platform to recruit, communicate with, organize and thank volunteers

Partnership in FlashVolunteer.org neighborhood outreach efforts

Feedback on past events and access to metrics to help plan future ones

Last-minute, "on demand" event support from local volunteers

Ideal for understaffed groups that rely on volunteerism to thrive

 

More information is on their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flash-Volunteer/75272433226?ref=ts

 

Other Happenings,

 

May is bicycling month. REI Flagship Store and the Cascade Bicycle Club have some events through the month. Check out this and the other free outdoor oriented events for the Flagship store at http://www.rei.com/stores/store_events.jsp?store=11

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Alan Bauer, Mountaineers Books author and photographer, will present slides and hiking tales at the next Foothills Branch membership meeting on Thu. May 28. Bauer will talk about his latest day-hiking guide, “Day hiking in the Central Cascades.” Books will be for sale by cash or check only.

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June.  Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Mount Rainer National Park

 

Nicholas Abel, the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at Mount Rainer National Park has sent the May 2009 Volunteer Newsletter. Below are some excerpts:

 

Volunteer Coordinator Positions

 

Botany Volunteer Coordinator


Your job will be to coordinate projects in the park's Natural and Cultural Resources programs! Mount Rainier is looking for an engaging and energetic individual to recruit, coordinate, train, and lead citizen volunteers to assist with projects including greenhouse management, seed collection, revegetation, and exotic species control. We are looking for someone with leadership skills and, ideally, some experience in botany. This is a unique, exciting, and brand new program. Come be an important part of our volunteer management team at Mount Rainier National Park !

 

Maintenance Volunteer Coordinator


You will recruit, coordinate, train, and lead citizen volunteers to assist with projects including back country maintenance, the rehabilitation of historic WPA-era rock walls, wilderness cleanup, spring snow shoveling, campground opening, wayside installation and removal, and restoration of the historic Longmire Campground.

 

Volunteer Teams

 

We also have a number of volunteer teams that we are hiring for the summer. These teams require a much shorter commitment of time, sometimes only a day. So even if you can’t afford to volunteer for months at a time, contact us about getting on the mailing list for one of our volunteer teams. You can contact Kevin Bacher at kevin_bacher@nps.gov or nicholas_abel@nps.gov if you’re interested. Teams include…

 

Citizen Science Team: Be a scientist! As a Citizen Science Team member you will conduct field surveys and research throughout the park. Tasks may include monitoring amphibian species, soundscapes, wetlands, or archaeological resources.

 

Historic Landscape Retoration Team: Help maintain and restore our beautiful WPA-era rock walls and other historic structures in the park.

 

Historic (Costumed) Interpretations: Be part of this exciting program in which volunteers in historical consumes interact with park visitors, acting out the parts of historic figures from the parks past. It'll be a blast (from the past)!


If any of these sound interesting contact Kevin Bacher or Nick Abel at kevin_bacher@nps.gov or nicholas_abel@nps.gov

 

Upcoming Events


June 2-6 – Interpretation Training
We are holding an Interpretation Training event. Details and updates are being posted as they become available. A draft schedule is available here .


June 6 – National Tails Day
A variety of projects, many still to be announced, will be available for volunteers on this day. Keep checking the volunteer blog for more info.


June 13 – Trails Project by MRNPA
The Mount Rainier National Park Associates are hosting a trails project on Saturday, June 13th, for more info visit http://www.mount-rainier.org/index.php?action=projects .


June 27 – Meadow Rover Training
Training for Meadow Rovers will be held on Saturday, June 27. More details will be coming soon on the Rainier Volunteers blog.

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, May 23 at Seahurst Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the Street Festival beginning at 10:00. Contact the office if you would like to help. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers for 4 hour shifts, contact Diane Haugen 206 363 3287 chamber@lakecitychamber.org

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125
 

 

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

May 16th         Madrona Woods Ravine

TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

 

We could use your help to with the continuation of the trails improvements in this park. Our efforts will be focused on extending east into the ravine helping to provide a sustainable trail for tears to come.

Trails Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Meet at Small parking area across the street at Madrona beach. Look for the trails project sign.

Contact Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 orjacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm   

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

May 16th Day in the Park, Golden Gardens with Earthshare of Washington

On May 16th, Seattle's all-volunteer annual park clean-up is back this year with volunteers removing invasive plant species, cleaning waterways and beaches, and rebuilding trails.

 

Calling all volunteers: 200 needed to help us care for Seattle’s Golden Gardens park.  Come out and have fun and make a difference in your community!

 

We'll have coffee in the morning and then tackle some of the bigger projects that need to be taken care of in Golden Gardens.

 

Click here for the details or to sign up.

 


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

The first 2009 Forest Service contract IGT maintenance work party using Washington Trails will be this Saturday, May 16. Several IGT regulars will be there to help and monitor this batch of IGT “newbies” to assure the correct safety, quality, and standards of IGT work parties are sustained.


IGT
Maintenance Work parties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The special Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The Iron Goat Trail
National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the eighteen AHS national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47

 

The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2.

 

The 4Culture Heritage program “Industry” tourism brochure has a section on the Iron Goat Trail VOW has these brochures in the office. Let us know if you would like a copy

 

Bob Kelly is working on some IGT logo pin back buttons that will be available on the June 6 National Trails day event. I am having some “test” IGT embroidered logo twill baseball caps made and a preview will be there also.

 

Plans are beginning for an end of season get together at the REI main Store in Seattle sometimes around the second week in November, More details later.

 

Caution Soapbox Ahead!

 

Volunteers are a critical part of any non-profit organization. It is important to understand what is needed for a successful volunteer program. Several groups and organizations support and offer training on different aspects of volunteer programs. Some of the trainings are free and some are not. Below is an announcement from United Way and Volunteer Administrators Northwest on an upcoming training in June

 

Advanced Volunteer Management Training with Betty Stallings

 

Leading the Way to Effective Volunteer Partnerships:

A Workshop for Executive Leaders and Volunteer Management Staff

 

Tuesday, June 16th

9:00-4:30 pm 

(9:00-10:30 morning session designed specifically for Executive Leadership)

Full Day Tuition: $85.00

(Executive leadership can attend 1.5 hour morning session free with volunteer management staff registered for the full day)

Morning Session Only: $20.00

 

Location: 2100 Bldg, Seattle, Washington

 

Join United Way of King County and the Volunteer Administrator’s Network (VAN) for a unique opportunity to engage in lively discussion with Betty Stallings, internationally renowned expert in the field of volunteer management and author of 12 Key Actions of Volunteer Program Champions:  CEOs Who Lead the Way and Training Busy Staff To Succeed With Volunteers: The 55 Minute In-Service Training Series. This workshop will explore the role of executive leadership and staff commitment in successful volunteer engagement.  

 

Betty Stallings will present a highly interactive workshop focused on building the elements of an exemplary volunteer program and highlighting the leadership role required by executive staff to ensure successful volunteer partnerships and the dedication and competency needed by all staff to effectively interface with today's volunteers.

 

For more information:

Contact: Nikki Russell
Phone: 206-461-1055
Email:  nrussell@uwkc.org

 

Other Happenings,

 

May is bicycling month. REI Flagship Store and the Cascade Bicycle Club have some events through the month. Check out this and the other free outdoor oriented events for the Flagship store at http://www.rei.com/stores/store_events.jsp?store=11

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Alan Bauer, Mountaineers Books author and photographer, will present slides and hiking tales at the next Foothills Branch membership meeting on Thu. May 28. Bauer will talk about his latest day-hiking guide, “Day hiking in the Central Cascades.” Books will be for sale by cash or check only.

 

The Greenway Trust is partnering up with REI to present the “REI in the Greenway Series” throughout the month of June.  Join the Greenway Trust for mid-week clinics on recreational opportunities in the Greenway and then again on the weekends for service projects at popular trails like Little Si and Kamikaze Falls.

Get to one or all, and give back to your recreation areas!  Come celebrate recreation in the Greenway with us—visit http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/rei-in-the-greenway  for more information.

 

For groups interested in doing team bonding outdoors, the Greenway Trust is offering mid-week, customized volunteer projects on a variety of restoration and trail projects, including Issaquah Creek, Lake Sammamish State Park, Kamikaze Falls, and Little Si.  Dig in the dirt, construct structures, build new trail, and hang out with co-workers, friends, and family.  Contact them for more details and to register your team.

 

Also, there will be more information about a new trail project on Granite Mountain.  Projects include hiking supplies to the top of the mountain in June (a great summer conditioner!) and cleaning up the bottom section of the trail in July.

More information available at  www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer .

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Volunteers Needed to Hike Mount Baker Area, “Mountain Stewards Protect Ecosystem”

 

Who: Adult volunteers 18 years or older with hiking and outdoor recreation skills.  

What: Hike trails and teach hikers and climbers about Leave No Trace ethics, safety and Forest Service regulations.

When: Apply by June 25. Complete the Mountain Steward volunteer application at

Where:  Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Three of the busiest trail systems in the Mount Baker area: Skyline Divide, Park Butte/Railroad Grade and Heather Meadows.

 

www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/volunteering/mtn_steward .

Fax to 360-856-1934 or mail to Mt. Baker Ranger District, Mountain Stewards, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

 

Train July 11 & 18, and then volunteer for three shifts on weekend days between July 25–Sept. 13 on trail. 

Optional training Aug. 8 for Heather Meadow volunteers.  

 

The program runs July 11 – Sept. 13, Friday through Sunday, daytime hours.

Contact:  Call Mt. Baker Ranger District for more information at 360-856-5700 x225, or email brichey@fs.fed.us.

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, May 16 at Shorewood Park.

 

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce is holding “Pioneer Days” the first weekend of August. We hope to have a VOW booth at the event. Contact the office if you would like to help.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

May 9             West Duwamish Greenbelt

 

TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

 

One of our biggest stretches of forests in the entire city, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is a great opportunity for people who want to be in a real urban forest.

Bring water, please! Tools & gloves will be provided.

 

Trails Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP

 

Time   10a.m 2:30 p.m.

 

Meet at the Small parking area on Highlandpark Way just west of W. Marginal Way SW. Look for the trails project sign.

 

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

Crew Leader refresher THIS SATURDAY May 9.  There is still a lot of patchy snow on the trail and this will be the first work party of the season.  Plan to meet at the Scenic trailhead (Iron Goat Interpretive site with the caboose) at 8:45.  This is currently planned to be a maintenance work party. Anyone coming to the Crew Leader Refresher can have one of the Iron Goat Trail logo hard hat decals.

IGT
Maintenance Work parties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The special Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


The Iron Goat Trail
National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the eighteen AHS national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47

 

The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW has more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office. We will mail you one for $1 or 3 for $2.

 

A nice article appeared in the May June issue of Washington Trails about the Iron Goat Trail and VOW’s role in building it. Several Iron Goat Trail work parties are coming up with the organization through their arrangement with the Forest Service.  More groups and people helping on the Iron Goat, the better!

 

The 4Culture Heritage program “Industry” tourism brochure has a section on the Iron Goat Trail VOW has these brochures in the office. Let us know if you would like a copy

 

Plans are beginning for an end of season get together at the REI main Store in Seattle sometimes around the second week in November, More details later.

 

Web Tools or Toy’s?

 

The VOW Happenings email newsletter is sent out through an email list provided by ONE/Northwest, an organization that provides services to non profits.  Below is from their web site:

 

ONE/Northwest is a not-for-profit consulting firm that helps environmental groups connect with people. We are a change agent dedicated to helping communities thrive in harmony with their natural surroundings.

 

ONE/Northwest was established in 1995 to help environmental organizations use communications technologies as tools of social change. Our approach channels philanthropic support into technological and strategic innovations that we disseminate through consulting projects with hundreds of organizations and coalitions across Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

 

Our programs help environmental organizations more effectively engage their constituents and improve their ability to collaborate with one another. Our constituent engagement work focuses on helping groups use websites, email newsletters, membership databases, and online civic engagement tools. Our collaboration work focuses on extranets and other communication tools aimed at coalitions and less formal collaborations between organizations as well as large-scale services aimed at strengthening connections across our entire movement like email list-hosting service which currently connects some 170,000 people across a wide variety of organizations

 

ONE/Northwest hosted email lists are a powerful way to collaborate, connect and share information. ONE/Northwest hosts over 1000 email lists for conservation groups and activists throughout our region.

 

Check out their web site http://www.onenw.org/

 

VOW uses several different lists from ONE/Northwest.

 
The VOW happenings is sent on "Volunteers For Outdoor Washington" <trailvolunteers@lists.onenw.org>, that has a special set up that allows only those who have the password to write to it. The trailvolunteers@list has over 500 people on it. 

 

The "irongoatlist" <Irongoatlist@lists.onenw.org>, is a little different. It has a little over 60 people and anyone on the list can write to it. We are hoping that people will write and communicate what is happening on the Iron Goat through the list.

 

Below is a recent message from John who asked about the tunnel

 

Can anybody tell me if it's true or just a myth:  The story about the blockade across the trail to the tunnel at Wellington is that the tunnel collapsed somewhere inside blocking about a million gallons of water which will explode out of there at any time.  I see tourists have mashed down the barricade.  I knew that would happen.  :-)

 

Dennis Evans, the Iron Goat Trail Coordinator wrote the following as a reply:

 

Old Cascade Tunnel Ceiling Collapse

 

Sometime between November of 2006 and April of 2007 the concrete lining of the Old Cascade Tunnel failed about 600 feet in from the west portal, resulting in a violent mud and debris flow out of the tunnel, destroying the viewing platform that had been constructed in the tunnel portal. Mud residue was found up to seven feet high on tree trunks after the initial debris and mud burst, which gives some indication of the strength of the flow.

 

The Old Cascade Tunnel was built with a grade of 1.7% downhill from east to west. As a result, the water that naturally seeps into the tunnel flows out of the west portal in a steady stream. The blockage created by the collapse

of the tunnel ceiling acts as a dam and water has backed up behind it, creating a small lake in the tunnel. We estimate that the lake contains about 130,000 cubic feet of water, or approximately one million gallons. It

is considered possible, albeit unlikely, that at some point the pressure of the water behind the debris dam could cause the dam to give way, resulting in an extremely quick release of the water and creating another debris flow.

This could occur at any time without warning. In addition, a sinkhole has developed above the point of the collapse and has grown to about 70 feet by 40 feet and is about 35 feet deep.

 

The sinkhole and the tunnel portal are extremely hazardous areas and neither should be approached by members of the public or by Iron Goat Trail volunteers under any circumstance. The USFS has geologists monitoring the situation. Informational signs have been posted to stop foot traffic from entering the flood zone. We recognize that the public has an interest in viewing the west portal and a viewpoint has been constructed to allow viewing of the area while maintaining public safety.

 

Information on the upcoming work parties will be sent out each week on the irongoatlist. VOW plans to monitor the irongoatlist carefully to prevent misuse of the communication.

 

Other Happenings,


An announcement from Washington Native Plant Society:

 

CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEK   MAY 3-9, 2009

 

Did you know that over 3000 plant species are native to Washington? Governor Gregoire has proclaimed May 3-9, 2009 as Native Plant Appreciation Week. Celebrate our native floral abundance, our amazing biodiversity, and all the good work being done to protect and preserve it.

 

Washington State is remarkable because of its diversity of ecosystems. Ocean beaches, alpine slopes, deserts, rain forests, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes are all home to a variety of plant species that have been living here since before Europeans arrived. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment. They provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality.

 

During Native Plant Appreciation Week, people can participate in everything from talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to our natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects. Governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations can highlight their work in protecting native plant species, restoring native plant habitats, and eradicating the threat posed by invasive exotic pests. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area.

 

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society has organized several free events in King and Snohomish Counties. We encourage the public to attend.

 

Garden Tours: Several new private gardens will be open for viewing in and around Seattle and the Eastside.

Contact: Rita Moore (wnpsgardentour@yahoo.com, 206-275-3883).

 

Native Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

 

Speakers:

 

Gardening with Native Plants, Marcia Rivers-Smith

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 PM

Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland, 98033

 

Grazing for Edible Wild Plants, Terry Domico

Thursday, May 7, 7:30 PM

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, 98105

 

Plant Walks:

 

Carkeek Park: Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM

Contact: Brianne (hikaribri@gmail.com, 206-465-5055)

 

University of Washington Herbarium: Thursday, May 7, 1-2 PM

Contact: Maria (maria@wnps.org, 206-853-5745)

 

Washington Native Plant Society

6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215E

Seattle, WA 98115

206-527-3210 or 1-888-288-8022

E-mail: wnps@wnps.org

 

May is bicycling month. REI Flagship Store and the Cascade Bicycle Club have some events through the month. Check out this and the other free outdoor oriented events for the Flagship store at http://www.rei.com/stores/store_events.jsp?store=11

 

The next Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting

 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Open to the public. No charge. All are welcome!

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm,

Program starts at 7:15 pm.

 

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center       Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

960 Newport Way NW

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

Alan Bauer, Mountaineers Books author and photographer, will present slides and hiking tales at the next Foothills Branch membership meeting on Thu. May 28. Bauer will talk about his latest day-hiking guide, “Day hiking in the Central Cascades.” Books will be for sale by cash or check only. 

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, May 16 at Shorewood Park.

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.

 

Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

 

 Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hello All,

 

City of Seattle's Trails Program work party for next Saturday!

 

May 2             St. Marks Greenbelt

                         TRAILSRESTORATION

                        We will be continuing the construction of a rock wall and staircase at the bottom of the first switch back. Great trail work that will last for a long time and lots of fun!

                       

Sponsor           Trail Program& GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.  Please join us

Meet at             The south end of the parking at St. Marks Cathedral 124510th Ave E. Look for the Trails project here sign.

Contact             Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website          http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

Welcome back Paul Machiocha, the returning US Forest Service Iron Goat Trail crew boss. Paul starts today for the 2009 season.  Paul has been an exceptional crew boss for the Project over the last several years. His salary and the truck he uses are funded through donations and grants obtained by Volunteers for Outdoor Washington which enables this project to continue without interruption.


Crew Leader refresher May 9. There is a lot of late snow and this may be the first work party of the season.

IGT
Maintenance Work parties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The special Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for June 20th, and July 11th. The earlier May 9 hike has been cancelled as there is likely to be few flowers to see due to the late snow.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

The Iron Goat Trail
National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the eighteen AHS national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47

 

The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

VOW is ordering more of the small Iron Goat Trail Stickers for the VOW hardhats. If you would like one for yourself, please contact the office

 

The 4Culture Heritage program “Industry” tourism brochure that has a section on the Iron Goat Trail is now in the office. Let us know if you would like a copy

 

Caution Soap Box Section

 

National Trails Day is coming up the first weekend in June and it is not too early to mark your calendar for the event. VOW is planning several National Trails Day events so watch the newsletter. Below is a section from the American Hiking Society on National Trails Day.

 

National Trails Day is a celebration of trails that evolved from the report of President Ronald Reagan's President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. In 1987, the report recommended that all Americans be able to go out their front doors and within fifteen minutes, be on trails that wind through their cities or towns and bring them back without retracing steps. The recommendation, dubbed Trails for All Americans, became the impetus behind several public and private parties joining American Hiking Society in launching National Trails Day in 1993.

 

Trails do not just appear for our enjoyment, it takes many hours of planning, labor, and
negotiating to develop them. National Trails Day, the only nationwide celebration of
trails, brings awareness to trails and thanks many people and partners for their support
and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies, and outdoor minded businesses. It is
also a day to introduce people to the many joys and benefits of trails.

 

America's 200,000 miles of trails allow us access to the natural world for recreation,
education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails take us to good
physical and mental health by providing us with a chance to breathe fresh air, get our
hearts pumping, and escape from our stresses.

 

The Outdoor Industry Association's annual Outdoor Recreation Participation Study for the
United States 2006 reports that 72.1% of all Americans 16 and older (or 162 million
people) participate in at least one of the 22 outdoor activities they track, which include:
76.7 million hiking; 13.5 million backpacking; 40.4 million trail running; and 10 million
cross country skiing.

 

Other Happenings,


The next
Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting and Program

» TOMORROW «   Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center (Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library).
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA  98027
 
Author
Sarah Kirkconnel will discuss how to simplify your meals, but still eat well in the outdoors. She will cover a style of outdoor cooking called Freezer Bag Cooking and two variants, the insulated mug method and meals that require no cooking at all.  Sarah will cover one of her favorite subjects, how to find components for these meals, some local, some not.  Finally she will cover the outdoor gear that is needed to prepare and make your life easier when in the outdoors and needing a good meal.
 
Sarah has been hiking since she was a child, and backpacking since she was in college in the early 1990's.  She is a cofounder of a regional hiking group, the Pacific NorthWest Hikers.  She enjoys hiking, backpacking, car camping and snowshoeing.  Her favorite area to hike and backpack is Mt. Rainier NP in Washington State.

Sarah is a Washington State native. She currently lives in the foothills of Mt. Rainier with her husband and son.

The 24th annual Green River Cleanup is coming up on May 2 starting at Flaming Geyser State Park from9 to 9. check out the poster and events at http://www.mgrc.org/Email_10/web-content/index.html  This year is particularly big because the lodge at Flaming Geyser State Park is going to be renamed the Wolf Bauer Lodge. State Parks commissioners are doing the honors

 

 

An announcement from Washington Native Plant Society:

 

CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEK   MAY 3-9, 2009

 

Did you know that over 3000 plant species are native to Washington? Governor Gregoire has proclaimed May 3-9, 2009 as Native Plant Appreciation Week. Celebrate our native floral abundance, our amazing biodiversity, and all the good work being done to protect and preserve it.

 

Washington State is remarkable because of its diversity of ecosystems. Ocean beaches, alpine slopes, deserts, rain forests, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes are all home to a variety of plant species that have been living here since before Europeans arrived. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment. They provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality.

 

During Native Plant Appreciation Week, people can participate in everything from talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to our natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects. Governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations can highlight their work in protecting native plant species, restoring native plant habitats, and eradicating the threat posed by invasive exotic pests. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area.

 

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society has organized several free events in King and Snohomish Counties. We encourage the public to attend.

 

Garden Tours: Several new private gardens will be open for viewing in and around Seattle and the Eastside.

Contact: Rita Moore (wnpsgardentour@yahoo.com, 206-275-3883).

 

Native Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

 

Speakers:

Gardening with Native Plants for Wildlife, Kerry Marl and Laura Spehar

Sunday, May 3, 2:00 PM

Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, 98201

(This event is not sponsored by the Everett Public Library)

 

Gardening with Native Plants, Marcia Rivers-Smith

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 PM

Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland, 98033

 

Grazing for Edible Wild Plants, Terry Domico

Thursday, May 7, 7:30 PM

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, 98105

 

Plant Walks:

Lawton Park, Magnolia: Saturday, May 2, 2-3:30 PM

Contact: Barbara Downward (lavender@mindspring.com, 206-283-2498)

 

Twin Ponds Park, Shoreline: Saturday, May 2, 1-3 PM

Contact: John Dixon, 206-363-2987.

 

Seward Park: Sunday, May 3, 10 AM-12 PM

Contact: Paul Talbert (ptalbert@fhcrc.org, 206-722-8160)

 

Carkeek Park: Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM

Contact: Brianne (hikaribri@gmail.com, 206-465-5055)

 

University of Washington Herbarium: Thursday, May 7, 1-2 PM

Contact: Maria (maria@wnps.org, 206-853-5745)

 

Washington Native Plant Society

6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215E

Seattle, WA 98115

206-527-3210 or 1-888-288-8022

E-mail: wnps@wnps.org

 

May is bicycling month. REI Flagship Store and the Cascade Bicycle Club have some events through the month. Check out this and the other free outdoor oriented events for the Flagship store at http://www.rei.com/stores/store_events.jsp?store=11

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm
 
Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, May 16 at Shorewood Park.
  
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hello All,

 

Two City of Seattle's Trails Program work parties next Saturday!

 

April 25th      Camp Long

                        TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

Project            This 55 acre forest has a lot of great trails and is accessible to every one. Help us maintain the legacy that is Camp Longs’ forest. Bring water, please! - Tools & gloves will be provided...

Sponsor         Trail Program

Time               10 a.m. - 230 p.m.

Meet at           The main parking lot off of SW Brandon St., look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 orjacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website          http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

April 25th      Llandover Woods

                         TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

Project            We will be doing some routine maintenance along with some trail improvements. Anyone can help and have great time.- Tools & gloves will be provided...

 

Sponsor         Trail Program

Time               10 a.m. - 230 p.m.

Meet at           The main parking lot off of NW 145th St. and 3rd Ave. NW, look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 orjacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website          http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!


IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar

The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.

VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after work party food and celebration.

Annual
IGT Equipment Maintenance in Skykomish is this Friday April 24.
We will work at the Skykomish Ranger Station from about 9:00 to 3:00.


IGT Season Opener TOMORROW, Wednesday April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the
Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.

We will gather at 6:00 and the meeting will start at 6:30. There will be a sandwich “bar” available. The current status of the trail will be presented as well as the events and planned work for the year.  This is a great meeting to meet the people involved and see what is going on.

 

Herb Schneider’s Celebration of Life memorial is this Saturday, April 25 between 10:00 and 1:00 at Salty’s Restaurant at Alki in the ground level banquet room. The address is 1936 Harbor Ave. SW Seattle. Please RSVP to Reba Schneider rebaschneider@aol.com or 206-768-8024.


Crew Leader refresher May 9.

IGT
Maintenance Work parties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Work parties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The First VOW IGT Construction work party will be Wednesday May 6

The special
Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.

One IGT 2009 Interpretative hike is scheduled during Archeology week on October 3.


There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

The Iron Goat Trail
National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the sixteen national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47

 

The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation is one of the 6 volunteer vacations with the American Hiking Society in Washington. The Bureau of Land Management and the Pacific Northwest Trail Association are the other groups in the state working with AHS in their volunteer vacation program. VOW has held an Iron Goat Trail AHS volunteer vacation now for over 10 years and it has become one of the special trail events during the season. As every year, we will stay at the Mountaineers Steven’s pass ski lodge during the week. This years’ volunteer vacation is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)

 

Many people are watching television programs and news events on the web now when they miss (or do not want to) watch it during the regular broadcast. Last Saturdays’ Earth Day celebration trail work party at Dead Horse Canyon in Seattle’s Lakeridge Park (along Taylor Creek) had coverage from King 5 news.  Like all of these web segments, it starts with an advertizing spot (this one 12 seconds) then shows the creek, volunteers, and purpose/mission of the effort. It is also fun to see people you know and how they appear on camera. Darrell did a great job! The video is at http://www.nwcn.com/video/news-index.html?nvid=353207 .

 

American Trails now has online versions of their magazine. If you want to look through the magazine and not have the paper lying around (or want an article to refur to and need a place to keep it - Hint-your computer) these “e-zines” may be of interest. The April issue of American Trails is at http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/americantrails/Spr09ATM/2009040801/ . The article on “Trails add value to new homes” was interesting.

 

Sky Valley Chronicle is an online newspaper covering an area between Snohomish to Steven’s pass. The web site is http://www.skyvalleychronicle.com/ .

 

Other Happenings,

 

Seattle Urban Nature
Madrona Woods Native Plant Walk: April 26, 2009, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Join Seattle Urban Nature (SUN) for a native plant walk to explore restoration and daylighting projects along the Lake Washington shoreline. We will tour Madrona Woods (also known as Madrona Park), a park where dedicated community members have engaged in restoration activities for the past 10 years. Their recent stream daylighting project has transformed a large section of lawn into a near shore estuary and has allowed the stream once again to flow into the Lake. We will tour the park and look at the shoreline, riparian and upland restoration efforts. If time permits, we will then carpool to Colman Park where we will look at restoration projects installed and maintained by the Starflower Foundation from 1997-2006. Once there, we will tour the shoreline and upland portions of the park, as well as the frog pond.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot for the walk. Email sarah@seattleurbannature.org, or call the SUN office at 206-522-0334.


The Seattle Mountaineers is having a grand opening building dedication during Magnusson Park's Springfest on April 25, 10:00 to 4:00.

 

On Saturday, April 25, the Mountaineers will be holding a Grand Opening celebration in their new headquarters building, located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. The event features activities throughout the day, including free climbing on the indoor and outdoor rock walls. Visitors can also browse the Gear Corral, featuring representatives from top outdoor brands such as Clif Bar, North Face, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, Montrail, MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, Ibex, Marmot, Kelty, Sierra Designs and more.

 

The event begins at 10 am, and runs through 4 pm. At 11:30, we’re holding a welcoming ceremony with the mayor of Seattle, Greg Nickels, along with Board President Eric Linxweiler, Councilman Tom Rasmussen and Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher. Following this ceremony, we will commence with our speaker presentations. Starting at 12:30, four Mountaineers Books authors will share from their recent and upcoming titles. Authors include Craig Romano, with a selection of his favorites outings from “Day Hiking: Central Cascades”; Ron Judd of the Seattle Times talks about multi-day outings from “Camping Washington”; Jennifer Worick demonstrates how to create nature-inspired crafts from “Backcountry Betty: Crafting in Style”; Judson Lang shows you how to find tasty treats in the wild, from his upcoming title “Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager.”

 

The grand opening takes place at the same time as SpringFest, an event covering the entirety of Magnuson Park and featuring other organizations who call the park home, including Cascade Bicycle Club, Outdoors for All, Seattle Musical Theatre, and more. There are many activities for all ages, so feel free to bring the whole family. There will be food, fun and prize giveaways!

 

There is a cool poster for the event shown on their web page (although I m not sure all rock climbers need to shave). http://www.mountaineers.org/ScriptContent/default.cfm . They sent us a pdf of the poster if you would like to print your own, contact the office to send you the file.


The next
Mountaineers Foothills Branch Meeting and Program
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.

King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center (Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library).
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA  98027
 
Author
Sarah Kirkconnel will discuss how to simplify your meals, but still eat well in the outdoors. She will cover a style of outdoor cooking called Freezer Bag Cooking and two variants, the insulated mug method and meals that require no cooking at all.  Sarah will cover one of her favorite subjects, how to find components for these meals, some local, some not.  Finally she will cover the outdoor gear that is needed to prepare and make your life easier when in the outdoors and needing a good meal.
 
Sarah has been hiking since she was a child, and backpacking since she was in college in the early 1990's.  She is a cofounder of a regional hiking group, the Pacific NorthWest Hikers.  She enjoys hiking, backpacking, car camping and snowshoeing.  Her favorite area to hike and backpack is Mt. Rainier NP in Washington State.

Sarah is a Washington State native. She currently lives in the foothills of Mt. Rainier with her husband and son.

The 24th annual Green River Cleanup is coming up on May 2 starting at Flaming Geyser State Park from9 to 9. Check out the poster and events at http://www.mgrc.org/Email_10/web-content/index.html  This year is particularly big because the lodge at Flaming Geyser State Park is going to be renamed the Wolf Bauer Lodge. State Parks commissioners are doing the honors

 

 

An announcement from Washington Native Plant Society

 

CELEBRATE NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEK   MAY 3-9, 2009

 

Did you know that over 3000 plant species are native to Washington? Governor Gregoire has proclaimed May 3-9, 2009 as Native Plant Appreciation Week. Celebrate our native floral abundance, our amazing biodiversity, and all the good work being done to protect and preserve it.

 

Washington State is remarkable because of its diversity of ecosystems. Ocean beaches, alpine slopes, deserts, rain forests, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes are all home to a variety of plant species that have been living here since before Europeans arrived. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington’s environment. They provide suitable habitat for birds, fish and other animals and protect water quality.

 

During Native Plant Appreciation Week, people can participate in everything from talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to our natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects. Governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations can highlight their work in protecting native plant species, restoring native plant habitats, and eradicating the threat posed by invasive exotic pests. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area.

 

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society has organized several free events in King and Snohomish Counties. We encourage the public to attend.

 

Garden Tours: Several new private gardens will be open for viewing in and around Seattle and the Eastside.

Contact: Rita Moore (wnpsgardentour@yahoo.com, 206-275-3883).

 

Native Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

 

Speakers:

Gardening with Native Plants for Wildlife, Kerry Marl and Laura Spehar

Sunday, May 3, 2:00 PM

Everett Public Library Auditorium, 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett, 98201

(This event is not sponsored by the Everett Public Library)

 

Gardening with Native Plants, Marcia Rivers-Smith

Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 PM

Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave. S, Kirkland, 98033

 

Grazing for Edible Wild Plants, Terry Domico

Thursday, May 7, 7:30 PM

Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, 98105

 

Plant Walks:

Lawton Park, Magnolia: Saturday, May 2, 2-3:30 PM

Contact: Barbara Downward (lavender@mindspring.com, 206-283-2498)

 

Twin Ponds Park, Shoreline: Saturday, May 2, 1-3 PM

Contact: John Dixon, 206-363-2987.

 

Seward Park: Sunday, May 3, 10 AM-12 PM

Contact: Paul Talbert (ptalbert@fhcrc.org, 206-722-8160)

 

Carkeek Park: Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM

Contact: Brianne (hikaribri@gmail.com, 206-465-5055)

 

University of Washington Herbarium: Thursday, May 7, 1-2 PM

Contact: Maria (maria@wnps.org, 206-853-5745)

 

Washington Native Plant Society

6310 NE 74th Street, Suite 215E

Seattle, WA 98115

206-527-3210 or 1-888-288-8022

E-mail: wnps@wnps.org

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm
 
Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html . The next ivy out work party is on Saturday, April 25 at Seahurst Park.
  
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hello All,

 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work party!

 

April 18th       Madrona Woods Ravine

                                TRAILS RESTORATION WORK PARTY

Project            We will be re-treading a new trail after the installation of a beautiful new bridge at the parks main entrance.

Sponsor         Trails Program& GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time               10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Meet at           Small parking area across the street at Madrona Beach. look for the trails project sign.

Contact          Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 orjacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

Website         http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm   

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar
 
The new
Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.
 
VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after workparty food and celebration.

Annual
IGT Equipment Maintenance in Skykomish on April 10 has been rescheduled to Friday April 24.
We will work at the Ranger Station from about 9:00 to 3:00.


IGT Season Opener next week, Wednesday April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the
Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.

Crew Leader refresher May 9.

IGT
Maintenance Workparties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Workparties will be every Wednesday through the season.

 

The First VOW IGT Construction workparty will be Wednesday May 6

The special
Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running.  Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included

The
IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.

There will be a special VOW -IGT work party event on
National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.

The Iron Goat Trail
National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the nine national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
The
Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation with the American Hiking Society is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)

 

A lot of people like to take nature pictures when hiking. A program appeared on CBS Sunday Morning about Jonathan Singer, a New Jersey podiatrist about his new photography portfolio book, Botanica Magnifica.  The book has been accepted by the Smithsonian Institution rare book collection and is stored with James J Audubon’s Birds of America. Both Books are a special double elephant portfolio size. Check out the CBS Botanica Magnifica online video segment at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4937453n . There is a 30 sec General Motors ad before the segment starts.

 
Earth Day Celebration is April 18 with a lot of Events!

Join 
Issaquah REI Store with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for Earth Day Service Project "SPRING into action in April!" 4/18/2009 9:00 AM
Duthie Hill will soon be a fantastic mountain bike 'play' area! Join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Issaquah REI to participate in some rugged trail and route building. Have fun and contribute to a legacy of Northwest recreation!

Participants should plan to get dirty as they will likely be spending the day bushwacking and cutting back brush. Please come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty of water, long pants &long sleeves and layer for warmth and weather.

All participants must register online with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at www.evergreenmtb.org
Location: Duthie Hill Park
Contact:Tami Asars tasars@rei.com or 425-313-1660
Cost: Free
Registration Required? Yes. http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7397 
 
Join
REI Flagship Store with People for Puget Sound for the ~  Duwamish Alive!  4/18/2009 10:00 AM
Join 1000 or more volunteers for this awesome series of cleanup and restoration projects in the Duwamish River Watershed!

Twelve sites. 1,000+ Volunteers. Nineteen Organizations. One GREAT day of stewardship. Join REI and the Duwamish Alive coalition at one of the many sites along the Duwamish River this Earth Day Saturday for an epic service project.

REI will be on hand at each site providing snacks, drinks, and goodies for all volunteers. Outstanding volunteer leaders have been recruited from all over the community--they will be on hand to guide you through the process of restoring these incredible open spaces. All you need to bring is weather-appropriate clothing, and a willingness to get dirty! For more information, visit www.pugetsound.org, and click on the "volunteer" link.
Location: Seattle, WA
Contact: www.pugetsound.org
Cost: Free
Registration Required? Yes. www.pugetsound.org 

 
Friends of Dead Horse Canyon is having another work party  

Taylor Creek Trail in Seattle's Lakeridge Park

Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 to 1:00 through the Green Seattle Partnership.

Contact Jude or Darrell at 206-772-1452 if you would like to attend. 

 

City of Bellevue Earth Day Arbor Day Festival. April 18, 8:30 am – 11am.
Come join us for a day of stewardship and celebration as we help beautify Bellevue’s Parks. 

The event will feature a wide variety of free family activities, a tree planting ceremony and volunteer restoration projects city-wide!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Krueger at 425-452-4195.  For general information call Laura Hughes at 425-452-7225.
 

Burien Parks, has an "Ivy Out" day in Shorewood Park 10AM to Noon 

 

Other Happenings,

 

The Washington Native Plant Society has announced Native Plant Appreciation Week for May3 through 9. Check out the events at http://www.wnps.org/npaw/ .

 

The Native Plant Society has requested the announcement below in VOW happenings for the upcoming stewardship training. The deadline to apply is tomorrow April 15!

Our members have reported that this is an excellent course.

There has been limited signups for this course session so unless they get a number of participants by tomorrow, they will have to cancel.


Learn About Native Plants This Spring!

The Washington Native Plant Society is now seeking applications for the
Native Plant Stewardship Program in East King County. Participating cities in King County include Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Sammamish.
 
The 10-week training is held on Fridays from April 24 through June 26, 2009, in Bellevue. This training is taught by top professionals on various topics such as native plants, habitat restoration and northwest ecology.
In exchange for this free training, stewards will commit to 100 hours of volunteer service implementing the skills learned in these classes.  Each Native Plant Steward team will be formed to work on designated habitat restoration projects in one of our partner communities.

For more information regarding the Native Plant Stewardship Program and to download the application form:  http://www.wnps.org/npsp/king/program.html

Application deadline is TOMORROW April 15, 2009.

For questions about the Native Plant Stewardship Program please contact Dangelei Fox at npsp@wnps.org or call (206) 660-3968.

 
The 24th annual Green River Cleanup is coming up on May 2 starting at Flaming Geyser State Park from 9 to 9. check out http://www.mgrc.org/Email_10/web-content/index.html .

 

One/Northwest is VOW’s list holder for the VOW Happenings newsletter. They maintain the list and prevent email addresses from being “farmed” for commercial (spam) purposes off the newsletter.

 

They are having an informational open house tomorrow, April 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 at their headquarters ONE/Northwest 1402 3rd Ave, Suite 1000.  More info http://www.onenw.org/news-events .

 

Seattle Urban Nature
Madrona Woods Native Plant Walk: April 26, 2009, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Join Seattle Urban Nature (SUN) for a native plant walk to explore restoration and daylighting projects along the Lake Washington shoreline. We will tour Madrona Woods (also known as Madrona Park), a park where dedicated community members have engaged in restoration activities for the past 10 years. Their recent stream daylighting project has transformed a large section of lawn into a nearshore estuary and has allowed the stream once again to flow into the Lake. We will tour the park and look at the shoreline, riparian and upland restoration efforts. If time permits, we will then carpool to Colman Park where we will look at restoration projects installed and maintained by the Starflower Foundation from 1997-2006. Once there, we will tour the shoreline and upland portions of the park, as well as the frog pond.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot for the walk. Email sarah@seattleurbannature.org, or call the SUN office at 206-522-0334.

 
The Seattle Mountaineers is having a grand opening building dedication during Magnusson Park's Springfest on April 25, 10:00 to 4:00. There will be a gear corral with the lastest and greatest from 15 outdoor equipment manufactures, free rock climbing on the climbing climbing (useful skill, particularly after tax season). The deadication by Mayor Greg Nichols and Councilmember Tom Rassmesson will be at 11:30.

 
The next
Mountaineers Foothills  Branch Meeting and Program
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing. 
Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.
 
King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center (Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library).
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA  98027
 
Author
Sarah Kirkconnel will discuss how to simplify your meals, but still eat well in the outdoors. She will cover a style of outdoor cooking called Freezer Bag Cooking and two variants, the insulated mug method and meals that require no cooking at all.  Sarah will cover one of her favorite subjects, how to find components for these meals, some local, some not.  Finally she will cover the outdoor gear that is needed to prepare and make your life easier when in the outdoors and needing a good meal.
 
Sarah has been hiking since she was a child, and backpacking since she was in college in the early 1990's.  She is a cofounder of a regional hiking group, the Pacific NorthWest Hikers.  She enjoys hiking, backpacking, car camping and snowshoeing.  Her favorite area to hike and backpack is Mt. Rainier NP in Washington State.

Sarah is a Washington State native. She currently lives in the foothills of Mt. Rainier with her husband and son.
 
The
Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm
 
Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html .  The next work party is on Wednesday, April 8 for Arbor day.
  
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

 

Hello All,
 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work party! 
 
Saturday April  11th    West Duwamish Greenbelt 
                         TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY
Project             This is one of our biggest stretch of forest in the entire city. A great opportunity for people who want to be in a real urban forest.

                        Bring water, please!- Tools & gloves will be provided..
 
Sponsor            Trails Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  
Time                 10a.m.- 2:30 p.m.                    Open Join Us
Meet at             Small parking area on, Highland park Way just west of W.Marginal Way SW. look for the trails project sign.
Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         
Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm
 
Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!
 
 
IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar
 
The new Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is in the VOW office. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.
 
VOW is working with the town of Skykomish with their Centennial Celebration on June 5 -7. This is the same weekend as the National Trails Day event. VOW will have a booth in the town as well as food sales to raise a little money. A special picnic area has been planned for the free National Trails Day after workparty food and celebration.
Centennial events include a Saturday breakfast ( for donation = cheap!! ) at the Masons hall
(Special Hint-The breakfast starts early enough to eat and have coffee before going to the work party).
A dance social will be on Saturday evening and camping is available at the city ball park for both Friday and Saturday nights.
If you would like to help with the VOW booth and hang out at the town for the music and activities, contact the office Info@trailvolunteers.org .
 
Annual IGT Equipment Maintenance in Skykomish on April 10 has been rescheduled to Friday April 24.
We will work at the Ranger Station from about 9:00 to 3:00.
NO TOOL WORK PARTY this FRIDAY APRIL 10 Still too much snow in storage area.
 
IGT Season Opener Wednesday April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the 
Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.
 
Crew Leader refresher May 9.
 
IGT Maintenance Workparties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction Workparties will be every Wednesday through the season.
 
The First VOW IGT Construction workparty will be Wednesday May 6
 
The special Email IGT trail update & work party location info list is up and running.  Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included
 
The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.
 
There will be a special VOW - IGT work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town of Skykomish.
 
The Iron Goat Trail National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the nine national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation with the American Hiking Society is the week of July 12 through the 17. 
 
VOW has supported and participated in the activities of the American Hiking Society for a long time.  VOW provides funds and staff support for usually 1/2 of the expenses of the annual IGT - AHS  Volunteer Vacation now for over 10 years!
 
WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)
 
We had a request recently about where to find training materials from the Forest Service. Below is a "rerun" from a previous newsletter.
 
Trail construction and maintenance is not much different than home remodling in that if it is not done correctly, the results will be poor. The Forest Service has recognized this in its own activities as well as providing its standards for volunteers.  A number of manuals, specifications, and videos (DVD's) have been created to explain and teach the way trail construction/maintenance should be done. These are available to anyone, for free, by requesting them online at

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/trailpub.htm

Just apply online and the mail person will bring them free to you.
 
 
Earth Day Celebration is April 18 with a lot of Events!
 
Join  Issaquah REI Store with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for Earth Day Service Project "SPRING into action in April!" 4/18/2009 9:00 AM
Duthie Hill will soon be a fantastic mountain bike 'play' area! Join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Issaquah REI to participate in some rugged trail and route building. Have fun and contribute to a legacy of Northwest recreation!

Participants should plan to get dirty as they will likely be spending the day bushwacking and cutting back brush. Please come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty of water, long pants &long sleeves and layer for warmth and weather.

All participants must register online with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at www.evergreenmtb.org
Location: Duthie Hill Park
Contact:Tami Asars tasars@rei.com or 425-313-1660
Cost: Free
Registration Required? Yes. http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7397 
 
Join REI Flagship Store with People for Puget Sound for the ~  Duwamish Alive!  4/18/2009 10:00 AM
Join 1000 or more volunteers for this awesome series of cleanup and restoration projects in the Duwamish River Watershed!

Twelve sites. 1,000+ Volunteers. Nineteen Organizations. One GREAT day of stewardship. Join REI and the Duwamish Alive coalition at one of the many sites along the Duwamish River this Earth Day Saturday for an epic service project.

REI will be on hand at each site providing snacks, drinks, and goodies for all volunteers. Outstanding volunteer leaders have been recruited from all over the community--they will be on hand to guide you through the process of restoring these incredible open spaces. All you need to bring is weather-appropriate clothing, and a willingness to get dirty! For more information, visit www.pugetsound.org, and click on the "volunteer" link.
Location:Seattle, WA
Contact: www.pugetsound.org
Cost: Free
Registration Required? Yes. www.pugetsound.org 

 
Seattle Trails Program  TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY   Madrona Woods Ravine

We will be re-treading a new trail after the installation of a beautiful new bridge at the parks main entrance.  

Time 10 a.m.- 2:30 Meet at the small parking area across the street at Madrona Beach. Look for the trails project sign

Contact Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov

 

Friends of Dead Horse Canyon is having another workparty on the Taylor Creek Trail in Seattles' Lakeridge Park

Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 to 1:00 through the Green Seattle Partnership.

Contact Jude or Darrell at 206-772-1452 if you would like to attend. 

City of Bellevue  Earth Day Arbor Day Festival. April 18, 8:30 am – 11am. Come join us for a day of stewardship and celebration as we help beautify Bellevue’s Parks. 

The event will feature a wide variety of free family activities, a tree planting ceremony and volunteer restoration projects city-wide!  

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Krueger at 425-452-4195.  For general information call Laura Hughes at 425-452-7225.
 

Burien Parks,  has an "Ivy Out" day in Shorewood Park 10AM to Noon 

 

Other Happenings,

 
The Native Plant Society has requested the announcemet below in VOW happenings for the upcoming stewardship training. The deadline to apply is April 15! 
Our members have reported that this is an excellant course.
 
Learn About Native Plants This Spring!

The Washington Native Plant Society is now seeking applications for the Native Plant Stewardship Program in East King County. Participating cities in King County include Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Sammamish.
 
The 10-week training is held on Fridays from April 24 through June 26, 2009, in Bellevue. This training is taught by top professionals on various topics such as native plants, habitat restoration and northwest ecology. In exchange for this free training, stewards will commit to 100 hours of volunteer service implementing the skills learned in these classes.  Each Native Plant Steward team will be formed to work on designated habitat restoration projects in one of our partner communities.
 
For more information regarding the Native Plant Stewardship Program and to download the application form:  http://www.wnps.org/npsp/king/program.html
 
Application deadline is April 15, 2009.
 
For questions about the Native Plant Stewardship Program please contact Dangelei Fox at npsp@wnps.org or call (206) 660-3968.
 
 
Seattle Urban Nature
Madrona Woods Native Plant Walk: April 26, 2009, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Join Seattle Urban Nature (SUN) for a native plant walk to explore restoration and daylighting projects along the Lake Washington shoreline. We will tour Madrona Woods (also known as Madrona Park), a park where dedicated community members have engaged in restoration activities for the past 10 years. Their recent stream daylighting project has transformed a large section of lawn into a nearshore estuary and has allowed the stream once again to flow into the Lake. We will tour the park and look at the shoreline, riparian and upland restoration efforts. If time permits, we will then carpool to Colman Park where we will look at restoration projects installed and maintained by the Starflower Foundation from 1997-2006. Once there, we will tour the shoreline and upland portions of the park, as well as the frog pond.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot for the walk. Email sarah@seattleurbannature.org, or call the SUN office at 206-522-0334.
 
The Seattle Mountaineers is having a grand opening building dedication during Magnusson Park's Springfest on April 25, 10:00 to 4:00. There will be a gear corral with the lastest and greatest from 15 outdoor equipment manufactures, free rock climbing on the climbing climbing (useful skill, particularly after tax season). The deadication by Mayor Greg Nichols and Councilmember Tom Rassmesson will be at 11:30.
 
 
The next Mountaineers Foothills  Branch Meeting and Program
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing. 
Branch up-dates at 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:15 pm.
 
King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center (Note: This is not the Issaquah Public Library).
960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah, WA  98027
 
Author Sarah Kirkconnel will discuss how to simplify your meals, but still eat well in the outdoors. She will cover a style of outdoor cooking called Freezer Bag Cooking and two variants, the insulated mug method and meals that require no cooking at all.  Sarah will cover one of her favorite subjects, how to find components for these meals, some local, some not.  Finally she will cover the outdoor gear that is needed to prepare and make your life easier when in the outdoors and needing a good meal.
 
Sarah has been hiking since she was a child, and backpacking since she was in college in the early 1990's.  She is a cofounder of a regional hiking group, the Pacific NorthWest Hikers.  She enjoys hiking, backpacking, car camping and snowshoeing.  Her favorite area to hike and backpack is Mt. Rainier NP in Washington State.
Sarah is a Washington State native. She currently lives in the foothills of Mt. Rainier with her husband and son.
 
The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm
 
Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html .  The next work party is on Wednesday, April 8 for Arbor day.
  
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available for use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

 

Wednesday, March 31st

Hello All,
 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work parties!

 

 

April 2nd-4th      St. Marks Greenbelt

                     TRAILS RESTORATION  U.W. student service orientation

                        We will be continuing the construction of a rock wall and staircase at the bottom of the first switch back. Great trail work that will last for a long tome lots of fun!

 

Sponsor           Trail Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.                               Open Please join us

Meet at         The south end of the parking at St. marks Cathedral. 1245 10th Ave E. Look for the Trails project here sign.

Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         

Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you!

 

 
IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar
 
The new Iron Goat Trail Brochure (actually about the same as the old Iron Goat Trail brochure) is at the printers. If you would like a copy or several to give out, contact the office info@trailvolunteers.org.
 
Herb Schneider, a long time Iron Goat Trail volunteer passed away last February. His family has announced the remembrance celebration of his life for Saturday April 25. Details are below:
 

Herb’s family invites you to a 

CELEBRATION OF HERB’S LIFE 

Saturday April 25th, anytime between 10 AM  and 1PM 

Salty’s Restaurant at Alki, Banquet Room on Ground Level 

1936 Harbor Avenue. S.W.  Seattle, WA 98126
Free Parking, call for directions (206) 937-1600

RSVP (Yes, No, Maybe) to Reba Schneider

rebaschneider@aol.com

2421 SW Trenton St #210 Seattle, WA 98106

206-768-8024 (please do leave a message)

 

Reba is looking for RSVP calls now so she can make the reservations at Salty's I am definitely going, Herb was a good dependable friend.

 
Annual IGT equipment maintenance in Skykomish on April 10.THIS IS NEXT WEEK
 
Season Opener April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the new Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.
 
Crew Leader refresher May 9.
 
IGT Maintenance workparties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction workparties will be every Wednesday through the season.
 
The special email IGT  trail update & work party location info list is up and running.  Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included
 
The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.
 
There will be a special work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009 along with the Town of Skykomish Centennial Celebration Weekend. The event will include a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town.
 
The Iron Goat Trail National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the four national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation with the American Hiking Society is the week of July 12 through the 17.

  

WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)
 
The change from film to digital photography has brought new ideas and products to display pictures. Obviously, photo prints can still be made now from in store picture kiosks and later assembled in photo albums and even more elaborate scrapbooking. Photographic slides and slide projectors are rapidly being replaced by computers and digital projectors.
 
Power point is frequently used to display digital pictures. It is a very elaborate program that is capable of a wide range of visual and audio presentations.
 
But, if all you want to do is put together a slide show of the pictures you have taken, Power Point is a little overkill. Microsoft Windows XP has a free download of a program that is much simpler to use than Power Point called "Photo Story 3" which is available from the Microsoft download site. The specific link for the free program is:
I downloaded this program and put together a quick slide show from some pictures I received on a CD and it was very easy.
 
If your computer is able to write DVD's there is a $20 "add on" from Sonic Solutions http://www.sonic.com/ that allows you to make a DVD that can be played on any DVD player or computer equipped to show DVD's. I have not tried the software, but intend to when I have a set of pictures that I need for a slide show. The "add on" is in the Sonic consumer products list photo software, "DVD for Photo Story for Windows".
 
 
Earth Day is Apri 18 with a lot of Events!
 

SPRING into action, with an REI Earth Day Service Project in April! 4/18/2009 9:00 AM

Duthie Hill will soon be a fantastic mountain bike 'play' area! Join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Issaquah REI to participate in some rugged trail and route building. Have fun and contribute to a legacy of Northwest recreation!

Participants should plan to get dirty as they will likely be spending the day bushwacking and cutting back brush. Please come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty of water, long pants &long sleeves and layer for warmth and weather.

All participants must register online with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at
evergreenmtb.org

Location: Duthie Hill Park

Contact:Tami Asars tasars@rei.com or 425-313-1660

Cost: Free

Registration Required? Yes. http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7397

 

Friends of Dead Horse Canyon is having another Workparty on the Taylor Creek Trail in Lakeridge park Saturday, April  18 from 8:30 to 1:00 through the Green Seattle Partnership. Contact Jude or Darrell at 206-772-1452 if you would like to attend.

 
City of Bellevue  Earth Day Arbor Day Festival. April 18, 2009, 8:30 am – 11am. Come join us for a day of stewardship and celebration as we help beautify Bellevue’s Parks.  The event will feature a wide variety of free family activities, a tree planting ceremony and volunteer restoration projects city-wide!   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Krueger at 425-452-4195.  For general information call Laura Hughes at 425-452-7225.

 

Burien Parks,  Ivy Out in Shorewood Park 10AM to Noon

 

 

Caution Soapbox ahead!!

 

There has been a lot of trail related activity in the government this month, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act has passed US congress and is a great support for the hiking public. The State of Washington, however is proposing to close a potential 40 state parks this year due to budget reductions. Numerous groups are watching these actions and rallying support for "their" and "our" parks. Terese Toennies, Marketing Specialist, Fleet and Family Readiness Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is involved with this concern. She has sent a blog spot that is interesting at http://savewashingtonstateparks.blogspot.com/ and there is an online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/WASHPARK/petition.html .

 

 

Other Happenings,

 

Seattle Urban Nature

Madrona Woods Native Plant Walk: April 26, 2009, 10 am - 12:30 pm
Join Seattle Urban Nature (SUN) for a native plant walk to explore restoration and daylighting projects along the Lake Washington shoreline. We will tour Madrona Woods (also known as Madrona Park), a park where dedicated community members have engaged in restoration activities for the past 10 years. Their recent stream daylighting project has transformed a large section of lawn into a nearshore estuary and has allowed the stream once again to flow into the Lake. We will tour the park and look at the shoreline, riparian and upland restoration efforts. If time permits, we will then carpool to Colman Park where we will look at restoration projects installed and maintained by the Starflower Foundation from 1997-2006. Once there, we will tour the shoreline and upland portions of the park, as well as the frog pond.
Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot for the walk. Email sarah@seattleurbannature.org, or call the SUN office at 206-522-0334.

 

The Seattle Mountaineers is having a grand opening building dedication during Magnusson Park's Springfest on April 25, 10:00 to 4:00. There will be a gear corral with the lastest and greatest from 15 outdoor equipment manufactures, free rock climbing on the climbing climbing (useful skill, particularly after tax season). The deadication by Mayor Greg Nichols and Councilmember Tom Rassmesson will be at 11:30.

 

The Next Mountaineers Foothills branch meeting is April 29 and the topic will be a new book and demonstration from Sara Kirkconnel the author of Freezerbag Cooking. At King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service Center in Issaquah, Mark your calendar and more details next week.

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

 

Burien Parks has their volunteer schedule for Seahurst, Shorewood, and Eagle Landing parks at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html .  The next work party is on April 8 for Arbor day.

 

Shelly Shellabarger with the City of Bellevue has sent a Student Intern Job announcement.

 

https://www.govjobstoday.com/Jobs/JobAnnouncement.aspx?jid=477

 

Conservation & Outreach Intern - City of Bellevue ( Job # 09-0019)

Must be registered as a student in a discipline degree program related to environmental studies or conservation programs, or the equivalent.

 

Minimum Salary: $13.26 per hour

Maximum Salary: $18.28 per hour

Employment Type: Internship

Department: Utilities

Open until filled.

(Open to current employees and the general public.)

 

Summary

This position will provide support to the Conservation & Outreach Group section, which includes marking storm drains City-wide, assisting at community events and outreach programs, tracking data collection, inputting data into and maintaining data bases, assisting in volunteer events, such as the Waterwise Garden, assisting in the labeling of recycling containers throughout the City, especially in the single-family residential sector, assisting in the development of an electronic content management system to track and organize electronic assets for the group, researching Web 2.0 options that might be used for community engagement opportunities, and assisting with the promotion of pollution prevention measures to the Bellevue business community and residents. Conservation & Outreach Group materials, programs and events include topics such as surface water pollution prevention, water conservation, Natural Yard Care, and waste prevention and recycling

 

 
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available to use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125
206 517 3019

 

 

Tuesday, March 26th

Hello All,

 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work party at TWO locations!
  

March 28th           Camp Long

                           TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY

Project            This 55 acre forest has a lot of trail great and accessible to every one. help us maintain the legacy that is Camp Longs forest. Bring water ,please!- Tools & gloves will be provided...

 

Sponsor           Trail Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 10 a.m.- 230 p.m.                                   OPEN

Meet at         The main parking lot off of SW Brandon St., look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         

Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm 

 


March 28th           Llandover Woods

                           TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY

Project            We will be doing some routine maintenance along with some trail improvements. Anyone can help and have great time.   - Tools & gloves will be provided...

 

Sponsor           Trail Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 10 a.m.- 230 p.m.                                   OPEN

Meet at         The main parking lot off of NW 145th St. and 3rd Ave. NW, look for "Trails Project Here sign".

Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         

Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you! 
IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar
 
Volunters for Outdoor Washington has signed the 2009 Challege Cost Share Agreement Modification with the Forest Service for VOW to  fund the Forest Service employee and vehicle working on the Iron Goat Trail this year. VOW has had this type of agreement with the Forest Service for most of the life of the Iron Goat Trail project.  The funding from VOW has allowed the project and trail to continue over the years without budget cancellation worries.  VOW has researched and obtained various grants each year to cover the IGT funding.
 
Annual IGT equipment maintenance in Skykomish on April 10.
 
Season Opener April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the new Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.
 
Crew Leader refresher May 9.
 
IGT Maintenance workparties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction workparties will be every Wednesday through the season.
 
The special email IGT  trail update & work party location info list is up and running.  Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included
 
The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.
 
There will be a special work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009 along with the Town of Skykomish Centenial Celebration Weekend. The event will including a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town.
 
The Iron Goat Trail National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the four national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation with the American Hiking Society is the week of July 12 through the 17.

  

WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)
 
A new bill has passed through the House of Representatives (HR 1388) "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (Give) Act" ) and I was wondering if my congressman had voted for or against this lesislation.
 
There is a Washington Post site that lists each congressaman and senator and how they voted during the week. This can be found at:http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/ .
 
I was also interested in what was in the actual bill said rather than what was being said about it. The library of Gongress has a site - THOMAS - "In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress" that has the entire text of any bill It can be found at:  http://thomas.loc.gov/ .
 
Both sites are user friendly.
 
Other Happenings, 
City of Bellevue  Earth Day Arbor Day Festival. April 18, 2009, 8:30 am – 11am. Come join us for a day of stewardship and celebration as we help beautify Bellevue’s Parks.  The event will feature a wide variety of free family activities, a tree planting ceremony and volunteer restoration projects city-wide!   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Krueger at 425-452-4195.  For general information call Laura Hughes at 425-452-7225.

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

 

 

SPRING into action, with an REI Earth Day Service Project in April! 4/18/2009 9:00 AM

Duthie Hill will soon be a fantastic mountain bike 'play' area! Join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Issaquah REI to participate in some rugged trail and route building. Have fun and contribute to a legacy of Northwest recreation!

Participants should plan to get dirty as they will likely be spending the day bushwacking and cutting back brush. Please come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty of water, long pants &long sleeves and layer for warmth and weather.

All participants must register online with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at
evergreenmtb.org

Location: Duthie Hill Park

Contact:Tami Asars tasars@rei.com or 425-313-1660

Cost: Free

Registration Required? Yes. http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7397

  

   

Mountaineers, Foothills Branch   THIS THURSDAY!!!

 

General Meeting, This Thurs. March 26th, 

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Brief branch up-dates at 7:00 pm.,

program starts at 7:15 pm.

The meeting will be in the King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service

Center in Issaquah.  NOTE:  This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

The Service Center is located at 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA.

98027.    Go to www.foothillsmountaineers.org    for driving directions.

 

 

The meeting will feature Yvonne Prater: Snoqualmie Pass - from Indian Trail to Interstate.

 

Join Yvonne as she narrates fascinating passages from her early book  of historical facts and exciting episodes, stories of tribes, trails, trains, settlers, loggers, miners, and eventually recreation ... skiing.

 

Yvonne will describe how this Indian trail became a one-lane road, then developed into a highway, then a super Interstate which is about to expand within the next ten years to an even greater transportation corridor across Snoqualmie Pass.

 

Yvonne's book, published by Mountaineers Books, with second edition made possible by Mountains to Sound Greenway in 1981, and recently reprinted with compliments of Jim Ellis and Mountains to Sound Greenway to be distributed to their donors and sponsors.  A limited number of the 1981 edition will be available for sale at this meeting which Yvonne may sign upon request. 

 

As this is a story telling event, some time will be available for tidbits of history that members of the audience may want to speak to.  Yvonne has said she has never given a presentation whereby she has not learned of some interesting incident that occurred on one of the nation's most beautiful and heavily traveled route over a mountain pass.

 

 

Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available to use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is usually available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125
206 517 3019

 

Wednesday, March 18th


Hello All
,

 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work party!
  

March  21st             Madrona Woods Ravine

                               TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY  

Project          We will be re-treading a new trail after the installation of a beautiful new bridge at the parks main entrance.  

 

Sponsor          Trails Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Meet at             Small parking area across the street at madrona beach. Look for the trails project sign.

Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         

Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm   

 

Be sure to call or email Jacobo if you can come so he will look for you! 

IRON GOAT TRAIL Happenings and Calendar
 
The Iron Goat Trail is applying for some funds to help build a bridge to span Martin Creek at the  Horseshoe Tunnel (by the Martin Creek Trailhead) from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). The request is due by April 1 and the project will span 3 years. More funding will be needed for this project.
 
Annual IGT equipment maintenance in Skykomish on April 10.
 
Season Opener April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the new Mountaineers headquarters
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115.
 
Crew Leader refresher May 9.
 
IGT Maintenance workparties will start on most Saturdays in May and the Construction workparties will be every wednesday through the season.
 
We will be starting a special IGT email list updating the work party site location each week. Reply to info@trailvolunteers.org if you would like to be included
 
The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.
 
There will be a special work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009 along with the Town of Skykomish Centenial Celebration Weekend. The event will including a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town.
 
The Iron Goat Trail National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the four national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
The Iron Goat Trail Volunteer Vacation with the American Hiking Society is the week of July 12 through the 17.

 

REI Flagship Store has another volunteer event this saturday, March 21

 

Join REI and the Friends of Deadhorse Canyon for this fun work project at Taylor Creek in Seattles Lakeridge Park (at the SW corner of Lake Washington) beginning 9:00 AM


Imagine a wilderness oasis just steps from one of Seattle's busiest thoroghfares--a steep walled canyon covered with hanging ferns, and surmounted by towering evergreens. An excellent trail leads away from the road and into an intermediate-growth forest of sublime tranquility. Here, you're minutes from downtown, but the city may as well be a continent away. Somewhere, downhill from the trail, Taylor Creek swishes and gurgles, unseen but nearby. This creek has historically supported runs of salmon, and this valley is home to a myriad of small woodland creatures and birds. Today, a group of hardy volunteers maintains this place, preserving its treasures for future generations.

The Friends of Deadhorse Canyon are a small, grassroots group dedicated to preserving and improving this little slice of heaven. Our work with them in beautiful Deadhorse Canyon (located in Seattle's Lakeridge Park) will focus on trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and replanting. No experience is necessary, and families are encouraged to join the fun.

All volunteers will receive complimentary snacks, drinks, and a FREE "Get Dirty" T-Shirt courtesy of REI. Tools and restoration expertise are provided by the Friends of Deadhorse Canyon.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Todd Erskine: terskin@rei.com.

Note Please plan to arrive at the project site by 8:30 am to allow time for signup and orientation. 
 
WEB TOOLS (OR TOYS?)
 
The Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF has updated their web pages and now has a page listing the links to the volunteer opportunities and organizations working with the district. Check out the Volunteer link at
 
Another cool and useful page on the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie NF site is the "trip planning" link from the recreation tab.  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/recreation/ .    This link brings up a map of the forest and by  "clicking" on areas of the map, more detailed map sections come up with the individual trails and campgrounds. Further details are available for the individual trails and campgrounds.  
 
Other Happenings,
 
King County Parks, "Your Big Back Yard" has an event this Saturday, March 21 10am – 2pm
Ricardo Reach, Cedar Rapids, east of Renton. Help us plant native trees and shrubs at this beautiful site along the Cedar River. To join this event, contact Tina Miller at tina.miller@kingcounty.gov or call 206-296-2990.
 
City of Burien Parks has an "Ivy Out" event on this Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 to 12:00 check out the volunteer project description at http://www.seahurstpark.org/volunteer.html

 

 

 

 

City of Bellevue  Earth Day Arbor Day Festival. April 18, 2009, 8:30 am – 11am. Come join us for a day of stewardship and celebration as we help beautify Bellevue’s Parks.  The event will feature a wide variety of free family activities, a tree planting ceremony and volunteer restoration projects city-wide!   If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christina Krueger at 425-452-4195.  For general information call Laura Hughes at 425-452-7225.

 

The Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am - 2pm, and Wednesdays 1:30pm-5:00pm. Our schedule is starting to fill in and soon enough we will be having work parties 7 days a week!  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall/winter months we remove invasive species and maintain our site.  During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the West Duwamish Greenbelt (see below for more details). Performing artists "play in the woods" during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.
 
Tools, gloves and refreshments will be provided. Long pants and closed-toed shoes are required.  Dress appropriately for weather and mud (i.e. synthetic materials and fleeces).  We work rain or shine.  Bring a full water bottle. We will have water available for refills.  Bring a bagged lunch if granola bars will not be enough of a snack. http://www.naturec.org/restoration.htm

 

 

SPRING into action, with an REI Earth Day Service Project in April! 4/18/2009 9:00 AM

Duthie Hill will soon be a fantastic mountain bike 'play' area! Join Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Issaquah REI to participate in some rugged trail and route building. Have fun and contribute to a legacy of Northwest recreation!

Participants should plan to get dirty as they will likely be spending the day bushwacking and cutting back brush. Please come prepared with a sack lunch, plenty of water, long pants &long sleeves and layer for warmth and weather.

All participants must register online with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at
evergreenmtb.org

Location: Duthie Hill Park

Contact:Tami Asars tasars@rei.com or 425-313-1660

Cost: Free

Registration Required? Yes. http://evergreenmtb.org/recreation/calendar.php?event_id=7397

  

This Saturday, March 21, Bellevue Stewardship Saturday
This is a community volunteer event held one Saturday each month at park locations around Bellevue.  These events provide citizens the opportunity to participate in the stewardship and care of our City's park resources and including invasive species mitigation and planting projects. Groups are welcome and invited. Children, supervised by their parents are welcome as well. The next Stewardship Saturday is March 21. Contact: Christina Krueger with City of Bellevue at 425-452-4195 to sign up.
    

Mountaineers, Foothills Branch   THIS THURSDAY!!!

 

General Meeting, This Thurs. March 26th, 

Doors open at 6:30 for set-up and socializing.

Brief branch up-dates at 7:00 pm.,

program starts at 7:15 pm.

The meeting will be in the King County Library Systems (KCLS) Service

Center in Issaquah.  NOTE:  This is not the Issaquah Public Library.

The Service Center is located at 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA.

98027.    Go to www.foothillsmountaineers.org    for driving directions.

 

 

The meeting will feature Yvonne Prater: Snoqualmie Pass - from Indian Trail to Interstate.

 

Join Yvonne as she narrates fascinating passages from her early book  of historical facts and exciting episodes, stories of tribes, trails, trains, settlers, loggers, miners, and eventually recreation ... skiing.

 

Yvonne will describe how this Indian trail became a one-lane road, then developed into a highway, then a super Interstate which is about to expand within the next ten years to an even greater transportation corridor across Snoqualmie Pass.

 

Yvonne's book, published by Mountaineers Books, with second edition made possible by Mountains to Sound Greenway in 1981, and recently reprinted with compliments of Jim Ellis and Mountains to Sound Greenway to be distributed to their donors and sponsors.  A limited number of the 1981 edition will be available for sale at this meeting which Yvonne may sign upon request. 

 

As this is a story telling event, some time will be available for tidbits of history that members of the audience may want to speak to.  Yvonne has said she has never given a presentation whereby she has not learned of some interesting incident that occurred on one of the nation's most beautiful and heavily traveled route over a mountain pass.

 

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Renee Bodine with the Mt. Baker Snoqualmie NF Public affairs office requested that we list this PAID Position available with the National Forest and the job is in the REI flagship store building!

 

The United States Forest Service is recruiting for a Visitor Information Specialist at the Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Information Center at the downtown Seattle REI, Inc. retail outlet.  The incumbent is responsible for selling Interagency Recreation Pass Sales and providing excellent customer service to people seeking information about public lands. The incumbent is expected to have a good working understanding of the recreational opportunities offered in Washington State in order to accurately communicate safety, regulation and permit information to the public. 

The incumbent should be able to demonstrate the following:

Ability to provide excellent customer service in a high visitor contact area.  Describe your experience providing accurate oral and written information and instructions to customers.

Knowledge of outdoor recreational opportunities available on public lands within Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.  Describe how you obtained this knowledge, such as, experience in visiting and utilizing public land through hiking, camping, skiing and/or other types of recreational activities.

This is a seasonal position, 40 hours per week.  Rate of pay is dependent on college coursework completed and experience. Length of appointment is negotiable, but will be approximately May 12-Sept. 15, 2008 and Dec. 15-Feb. 15.  Appointment may be lengthened or shortened dependent on agency operational needs. 

Work is performed indoors, and requires long periods of standing or sitting. 

Incumbent will be required to wear the U.S. Forest Service Uniform.

Days off may be other than Saturday or Sunday.

No housing is available. 

Interested candidates can apply by May 1, 2009 at: 

http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/jobsearch.asp?q=TEMP-OCR-304-4-INFO&salmin=&salmax
=&paygrademin=&paygrademax=&FedEmp=N&tm=&sort=rv&vw=d&brd=3876&ss=0&FedPub=Y&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0
 

or, http://jobsearch.usajobs.gov/?WT.svl=navsearch

and in the keyword search: TEMP-OCR-304-4-INFO. 

 

 
Vow's office is located in Lake City at 12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I in the same building as the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. The office is usually available to use by our members for small meetings. Also, the larger Lake City Chamber of Commerce conference room is usually available for free with prior reservations. Those familiar with Lake City will find the office a couple of buildings over from Dick's Drive In at Lake City Way and NE 30th.
 
 
Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,
 
Richard Botts
Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125
206 517 3019
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hello All,

 
This weeks City of Seattle's Trails Program work party!
  

March 14th      West Duwamish Greenbelt  

                         TRAILS RESTORATION  WORK PARTY

Project             One of our biggest stretches of forests in the entire city. A great opportunity for people who want to be in a real urban forest. Bring water ,please! - Tools & gloves will be provided..

 

Sponsor            Trails Program & GREEN SEATTLE PARTNERSHIP  

Time                 10a.m.- 2:30 p.m.                    Open Join Us

Meet at             Small parking area on, Highland park Way just west of W.Marginal Way SW. look for the trails project sign.

Contact              Jacobo Jimenez (206) 684-0598 or  jacobo.jimenez@seattle.gov         

Website       http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/Environment/trails/trailsprogram.htm 

IRON GOAT TRAIL Calendar
 
The Iron Goat Trail National Trails Day work party/Skykomish celebration has been included as one of the four national trails day events listed (so far) for Washington state on the American Hiking Society's "find an event" link. http://www.americanhiking.org/NTDSearchResult.aspx?sId=47
 
Annual IGT equipment maintenance in Skykomish on April 10.
 
Season Opener April 22 in the "Cascade Room" at the new Mountaineers headquarters 7700
Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98115.
 
Crew Leader refresher May 9.
 
The IGT 2009 Wildflower hikes are scheduled for May 9th, June 20th, and July 11th.
 
Special work party event on National Trails Day June 6, 2009 and the Town of Skykomish Centenial Celebration Weekend including a (free) after work party BBQ/Celebration in the town.