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

Next stewards meeting is December 21st NOTE room change to 116. Regular work party 23rd of December.

Rescue 911

Rescue locator tag

Stewards and friends installed rescue locator tags at all trail intersections on Saturday the 18th of November. The work party was the culmination of several months of volunteer work and community cooperation. The bright red tags purchased by Kitsap County are trail intersection markers that will guide CK Fire and rescue to your location in an emergency. If there is an emergency in the park, call 911 and give the locator number (NH14 for example) of the nearest intersection. Accurate mapping of all trails and intersections was completed with AES Consultants taking the lead. Steward volunteers Bill Wasson, Steve Ottmar, Tom Coleman and Frank Stricklin gathered intersection and culvert coordinates. Several trails had been rerouted over the past 5 years and steward Steve Ottmar updated the trail map GPS coordinates and mapped the location of the re-routes. Bill Wasson created a spreadsheet and marking scheme for all culverts and emergency locator tags. KC Parks volunteer coordinator Lorie Raymaker turned our info into tags attached to Carsonite strips allowing us to attach them to existing signposts. The updated map with all the emergency locator information was geo anchored and uploaded to the MAPRIKA server. If you have the old map, NHHP North on your smartphone, delete it and download the latest version (also called NHHP North). If you download the map at home, the GPS function of MAPRIKA will still work in the park even without cellphone service.

Family bike riders

Nimitz Volunteers

Bravo Zulu to members of the Advance Planning Team from the USS Nimitz. This group volunteered in the park on the 26th of September to help us reduce fire fuels along Old Loop Parkway. Lorie brought in the counties big chipper and gave us a safety brief prior to beginning the days work. Limbs and blowdown were dragged to the chipper from alongside the parkway and turned into chips. We were able to chip from the Holly Parkway down to Culvert 11. Culvert 11 was the site of several large trees that were toppled by the wind last winter. Thank you for all you do.

Fish Killing Traps

Culverts are problematic for salmon. The most obvious problem is they block fish passage. Adults and fry can get over beaver dams, but they cant get through a blocked pipe. If that wasn't bad enough, culverts disrupt stream processes by reducing flow rates upstream and increasing erosion downstream that forms scour pools. These shallow pools trap fry as the water levels drop over the summer. Trapped fish become easy meals for a wide variety of predators. There are several examples of this on either end of Culvert 17 and 18. On the downstream side a scour pool trapped fry this spring when beaver plugged the culvert. On the upstream side, the loss of stream processes caused sediment to deposit rather than transport, shallowing out the stream channel.

Each fall, stewards clean out blocked culverts after all the surface water has gone. Waiting until the surface water is gone, allows the water table to slowly drop over the summer increasing the odds of survival for young Coho and Sea run Cutthroat. When the spring rains stop, water levels begin to fall. This falling water level triggers beaver damming behavior. They patch up their dams and plug as many leaks as they can in preparation for the long dry season.

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