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PLEASE keep dogs on leash....stay on trails. Thanks

Next stewards meeting is May 18th NOTE room change to 116. Regular work party 20th of May.

Rhodie Tread Work

Trail work party at interactive wetland

Thanks to all who helped on Rhodie Hill with the tread work and wet spot repair. A great team effort on this 2017 Work Plan project with Tom and Jo flagging the reroute, Colen, Frank and Bill roughing in the new trail with the excavator provided by Arno, and the April work party polishing the tread. The new descending turns have stopped silt from entering Little Anderson Creek and the old fall line trail is gone for good. Dan Ring and his two sons, potted the remaining Western White Pines so that they can survive the summer in the nursery. These will be planted in October along Coyote Loop.

Overlook Trail

Overlook bench installation

It wouldn't seem like a work party without some wind and rain. Trails cleared on Monday the 13th of March were blocked again Tuesday when winds gusted to 35 mph tipping root rot infested trees. The regular workparty was started early in order to clear trees from Old Loop, Bird Meadow, Rhodie Hill and KSS. Other volunteers arrived at ten to install benches on Overlook Trail, work on trail tread and obliterate an unauthorized trail. Thanks to Colen, Frank and Jo for building benches, volutneers from Naval Hospital Bremerton, and stewards who braved the rain....again. We are hoping spring gets here soon.

No Bunny Ears Joe! Clearing blowdown on Rhodie Hill with Litehouse crew and Bill

CK Schools Litehouse Program

Once again we have had great support from CK Schools and the Litehouse Program. Students come in on Mondays to help with park projects as they learn life skills required for the job market. This years crew has been pulling Scotch Broom, planting Western White Pines, equestrian pruning Rhodie Hill, removing blowdown from trails and removing litter from a riparian area near the gun club. They have learned about teamwork, personal protective equipment, safety, native plants, punctuality and much more. Special thanks to Mr G. for his support with this activity, as well as Bill, Dusty, Ami, Michael, Matthew and Joe.

January Work Party

Stewards

Stewards cleaned the foot traffic only trail that leads from Wildlife Trail up to the ridge overlooking the Heritage Site Wetland. Please stay on the trail, and enjoy the view. There are several unauthorized trails in this area that stewards will be obliterating in the coming months. We ask park patrons to respect this area as it is listed as a Kitsap County Critical Area and listed as habitat suited to the Marbled Murrelet, and is within the Urban Wildlife Easement established by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation office. This 320 acre portion of the park was purchased with funds provided by RCO.

Honoring Doctor King

Work crew Amphibian habitat

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr Martin Luther King.

On Monday January 16th members of the South Sound Church of Christ volunteered a day of service in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. An eager group descended on the large root rot pocket at the base of Rhodie Hill and began preparing it for planting. Limbs from the dead trees were piled for use by amphibians and to allow access for maintenance crews when watering the trees the first summer after planting. Garry Oaks and Western White Pines will be planted here as they are usually not affected by Laminated Root Rot. Thanks to South Sound Church of Christ, Lori and stewards.

3rd Ward Silverdale

Church volunteers 3rd Ward

Members of the Third Ward, Silverdale Latter Day Saints came out to help with the Scotch Broom removal along the new parkway. This is their third trip in as many years to help us in the park. They completed removal of mature plants along the entire length of Deer Fern Trail last year. The environmental thinning has been a huge success but increased sunlight has encouraged germination of dormant scotch broom seeds all along the new parkways. Windfall tree removal from trails and noxious weed control contributes to about 90% of park maintenance. Thank you to all our friends and neighbors who volunteer in the park.

Way finding

For a new trail map with mileages. click on PARK MAP icon under Useful Links

The most important feature of this park is you, our volunteers and stewards.

Guiding

Principles

As Friends and Stewards, we apply the long range guiding principles established by stakeholders to everything we do.

Newberry Hill Heritage Park's future development should:

Celebrate the natural beauty and protect the ecological health of plant/wildlife communities and watershed headwaters

Offer safe, inviting, and clear access points and way finding throughout the park

Maximize the park's educational potential for students and the larger community in safe and engaging ways

Connect to nearby regional trail systems

Offer a variety of non-motorized recreational uses appropriate to the ecological characteristics of the land and within the County's ability to build and maintain them

Contribute to the park's role as a good neighbor to surrounding communities


Coming Soon

Stewards Meeting

Klahowya Secondary School, 7PM, Room 116. Third Thursday of each month. All are welcome.


Work Party

Third Saturday of each month. Details available at stewards meeting.


In order to reduce misunderstandings, KC Parks now requires written permission to do ANY trail work in the park. Please have a copy of your approval with you when working in the park.


So far this year

For details on what we have been up to this year, go to Archive