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

Coho Life cycle

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 Searun 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.

Digging out culvert Culver 17 cleared of debris


Coho parr

All the water in our parks southern end drains toward Dyes Inlet. It joins Wildcat Creek which flows into Lost Creek. Lost Creek, Kitsap Creek and Dickerson creeks all join near Northlake Way forming Chico Creek which flows out the estuary into Dyes Inlet. For the past nine years, we have watched for salmonids returning to spawn in the unnamed tributary to Wildcat Creek with no luck. Last summer, Kitsap County replaced a blocking culvert on Seabeck Highway, near the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club, with an improved fish passage box culvert. When we looked for adults last fall, we found many along Wildcat Creek and 5 spawned out adults on the unnamed tributary in the park. Last week while conducting culvert inventory, we discovered many trapped fry at Culvert 18. In order to spawn here, the adults had to get over six beaver dams in the south end of the park. This is not a problem for Coho, as they evolved with the beaver as part of their environment. We are very excited to discover they are Coho. These fish are trapped in a scour pool on the outlet side of the culvert. This is an unnatural landscape feature that we hope to correct in the near future with a new bridge or box culvert. We will start a fund drive soon.

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.



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