Sunday, September 23, 2012

Successful September 2012 work party!

A strong crew of 16 made a huge difference on the Big Tree trail and Hidden Valley.  A big thanks to Lisa, Martha, Hollie, Richard, Alex, Tom, Trisha, Amber, Jim, Andy, Michael, Scott, Gardner, Greg and Cindy for your time and energy!

Hollie and Richard did a great job leveling the Big Tree trail, joined by Andy and Michael.

Meanwhile, Scott and Gardner did some trail repair, repurposing some of the demolition debris from Hidden Valley.

Greg, Cindy, Trisha and Tom continued separating out the salvageable materials from the wood waste from the old barn -- a hot job in the sun.

Hidden Valley ivy no longer strangles some trees or covers part of Wildcat Creek's stream banks.  Amber, Lisa, Jim, and Alex, joined later by Tom, Andy, and Michael cleared out several patches of ivy, first hacking a path to the area through the brush, and creating a monster pile of ivy waste.

We appreciate your help maintaining the Preserve and improving Hidden Valley!

-- Mindy, and the Mountaineers Foundation board

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Work party at the Preserve -- Sunday, September 16

We have a bunch of activities that we could use help on. Please email Mindy Roberts ( if you can help so we know to look for you.

Where: Kitsap Rhododendron Preserve, Seabeck Highway, Bremerton. Park at the blue house (closest address for Mapquest/Google is 3025 Seabeck Highway) or the Forest Theater parking lot.

When: meet at the top of the driveway to Hidden Valley, near the Kitsap Cabin, at 10 am. If you come late, please walk down the driveway and ask for Mindy. We'll work until about 4 pm, or earlier depending on energy levels and progress.

What to bring: Work clothes, leather gloves, boots, snacks, water, sunscreen, and any tools you have.

Tools we could use: hand clippers, shears, handsaw, pick, shovel

Bring yourself and friends and family -- all are welcome! We'll walk out to the Big Tree as well so you will get a chance to enjoy the Kitsap Rhododendron Preserve as well as donate your labor. And we'll say thank you with some Seabeck Pizza around lunch.

Thanks in advance,
The Mountaineers Foundation