Next stewards meeting is October 18th, 6:30PM NOTE room change to 116. Regular work party 20th of October.
After three years on the Work Plan, stewards finally got things moving with the boardwalk installation on Salal trail. This wet spot formed after years of silt erosion from "John Wayne Hill" and Coyote Trail silted out the seasonal stream channel. A large puddle forms each winter and has been causing patrons to make new trails and find other ways to cross without getting wet feet. A great work party with 5,400 lbs of concrete to move by hand we were fortunate to have three great young sailors from NAVHOSP Bremerton Logistics Division. Not only did they load all the concrete, they pulled Scotch Broom between loads. Scheduled for completion soon. Thanks for your patience.
Good News !
We recently reached $40,000.00 (halfway point) in the bridge construction project account, due to a very generous donation from Tom Coleman. Tom donated a small dozer to Friends, and it was sold on Craigslist for $3500.00. Tom generously donated the entire amount to Bring The Coho Home. Thanks Tom, you are a steely eyed muscleman!
Kaitlin Sidhue is doing her Environmental Science Degree thesis field work in Newberry. She is investigating amphibian populations in restored parks, urban parks and using Newberry as a relatively undisturbed park. She has trapped three American Bullfrogs in her amphibian traps. This voracious predator has been decalared a "non native aquatic nuisance" in Washington State. It was introduced into the state prior to 1950. They eat everything from amphibians to ducks.
We can't thank whoever (Turns out it was Dennis!) pulled the Scotch Broom at the junction of Salish and Old Loop Parkways enough.
Several students from Olympic College joined forces with the stewards at our regular work party to collect erratics. These granite rocks surfed a glacier from Canada to Kitsap County about 15,000 years ago. We are collecting and staging them near the proposed bridge site to armor the bridge toe, and roughen the fish channel.