Our trails are sustainable and will allow recreationalists to enjoy the park without damaging the park. This is only true if we all stay on designated trails. We have over 20 miles of designated trails to explore.
Rhodie Tread Work
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.
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, volunteers from Naval Hospital Bremerton, and stewards who braved the rain....again. We are hoping spring gets here soon.
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 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
"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
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.
CK PTSA Council 5k Run
It was wet and windy but that didn't slow down a lot of runners. The park was host to a 5k run on Old Loop Parkway from Klahowya down to old loop all the way back to the school staff parking lot. This is a great example of community value added by the heritage park system. Next year FONHHP will provide more support for this event. PTSA volunteers cleaned up after the race and not a trace can be found that they were ever there.
Culvert 13 Installed
Culvert #3 was the first in 2013 and the last scheduled culvert installation for this year (Culvert 13) has been completed. The wetland above culvert 13, is one of the best "ponding" wetlands in the park. That means it stores peak surges of water by ponding them up to three feet. That reduces flooding in the Chico watershed. The outfall of this wetland does not start flowing until December or January of each year. We had to wait for it to dry out before we could replace the culvert, and this year that was in August.
It is great to see progress when it comes to protecting fish and wildlife in our beautiful park. With funding from the restorative forestry project, stewards replaced all the failing culverts on the east side of Old Loop Parkway, installed a new one on the new stretch of Old Loop Parkway on the north west side, one on the vacated haul road, one on Green Mountain Parkway and one on Rhodie Hill. The old corrugated metal pipes have been dissolving for the past 50 or so years and sending heavy metals in solution into the woods. They were undersized and to comply with the Fish and Forests Law were increased to a minimum of 18" in diameter. The new pipes should last at least a hundred years, and can safely carry emergency equipment. There are only a few of the old CMP pipes left to replace. Culvert 13 could not be replaced at this time, as the hydroperiod there still has surface water . We will replace this one when the water table drops in July or August. The remaining culverts requiring replacement include: 4, 5, 14-18. 14-18 will be removed and replaced with a bridge when funding is available. An old DNR logging road we know as Coyote Loop Trail was abandoned and a sustainable descending turn trail built to replace it. Stewards trained in trail siting flagged the new route and roughed in the trail with an excavator. The old logging road dropped straight downhill to the main stem of Little Anderson Creek. It has been depositing silt at the base of the hill and disrupting channel formation for a long time. Two vacated haul roads have been fenced off to discourage people from using them as they are not trails, but maintenance/emergency access. Trees that were blown down in March, were cut with stems still attached to roots for use as fish habitat in Little Anderson and Big Beef creeks. They were staged on Old Timber Parkway for later use this summer.
Well Done! Thanks to Park Staff Arno, Aleghsha and Rachel, Stewards: Tom, Joanne, Colen, Frank, Pat Mike, Dennis, Bob, Bill, Olympic College Environmental Studies and Geography students. All materials and equipment were purchased or rented using restorative forestry proceeds. NO TAX DOLLARS!
Smart Phone Map Now Available
Accurate mapping is essential to the safety of park patrons, and assists county emergency response personnel when attempting to locate people in need of help. To that end, we have been working with AES Consultants on a downloadable map for people with smart phones using the free MAPRIKA app. Over a period of several years, Steve Ottmar mapped all the trails with a piggyback GPS system and created an accurate exhibit of the park and all trails. The map includes topographical contours created from Kitsap County LIDAR images. Known landmark coordinates were used to geo-anchor the map. If you want to download it to your phone run the MAPRIKA app, tap MORE MAPS, Search Maprika collection, and type in NHHP North in the search bar and download the map to your phone.
Newest Stream Stewards
After completing WSU Extension classroom and field trip requirements, Stream Stewards are required to volunteer for a minimum twenty five hours to complete their training. Karl Ericson, has elected to contribute his hours to Newberry Hill. Karl rebuilt the staff/crest gauges that monitor hydro periods in the park. The original design is courtesy Suquamish Tribe (Tom Ostrom) and the original gauges were built by Klahowya Secondary School environmental science students. After sitting in the weather for three years, they needed a little attention. Karl replaced the rulers with ones that are easier to read from a distance, and repaired the wooden frame that holds them to the post. After a jaunt on his mountain bike in Green Mountain Forest, he helped install them at Culvert 5 and 18. I hope we can get Karl involved in another hydrology monitoring project in the park.
March is "In like a lion"
Strong winds gusting as high as 60 miles per hour knocked down many trees in the park. P weirii, Laminated root rot, is the reason for almost 90% of the windfalls. The saturated ground caused several of the tallest Doug fir trees to fall. So far over 40 have been removed from the trails, and more remain. Bobcat Run is still a mess and we will have to go back in with bigger chain saws than we brought today. The regularly scheduled work party was well attended and thanks to all who helped. We were able to get Old Timber Parkway, Wolf Ridge, Beaver Loop, Alder Pass, Big Cedar, Flying Eagle, Deer Fern and Old Loop Parkway back open. We will stick with it until all are clear.
CVN 68 USS Nimitz Volunteers
Welcome to Kitsap County, and thank you!. The USS Nimitz has recently been reassigned to home port in Bremerton. As a way of getting to know a bit about our community, and to become contributing members of our community, many sailors from the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department showed up for two huge work parties. On Tuesday the 9th of February they pulled Scotch Broom at the NHHP Parking Lot. This quick growing invasive plant displaces native plants. The removal project started at the Klahowya gate, and went down both sides of the entrance to Klahowya Secondary School. Once that was completed, they continued to pull along Newberry Hill Road all the way west to the Chevron station. On the way back to the parking lot they picked up litter along the parks northern boundary.
On Wednesday a second AIMD crew of volunteers returned to plant native plants in the Interactive Wetland on Rhodie Hill. This old gravel pit is being converted into a wetland and native plant area. Washington State University provided the plants (over 400) and delivered them to the site on Monday. The volunteers planted Kinnikinnic (Bearberry), Woodland Strawberry, Blue Eyed Grass, Native Crab Apple, Tall Oregon Grape, Oregon Grape (Mahonia), Rhododendron, and Pacific Waxmyrtle trees, Most of these plants are ground cover and will help control noxious weeds and invasive plants. Several are soft mast producers and will add to our mix of edibles for birds. This site is being developed as an educational asset for students and adults interested in native plants, water quality, macroinvertebrates and amphibians.
A special thank you to Ensign William Garske. His leadership style and hard working volunteers made for a productive two days. Thanks to the NHHP stewards for providing the Porta-Potti, to Parks Volunteer Coordinator Lorie Raymaker for the VIP trailer full of tools. Thanks to Renee and Ann from WSU for the quick response on the native plants.
Friends Of Newberry Hill Heritage Park 2018
Please keep dogs on leash and stay on trails.