Positive control point

Philosophy of Infrastructure Projects

Any and all infrastructure projects are designed to minimize the impact of park use, and increase late summer flows in the Chico and Little Anderson watershed. We want people to use the park, but we have to make sure it remains a good place for wildlife as well as people. Our viewing platforms are really positive control points designed to protect the sensitive shoreline. Our boardwalks are to allow natural processes to continue below them while hikers keep their feet dry. Our planting projects are for bird forage and habitat as well as healthy diverse late seral stage forests.

Boardwalk over Little Anderson

Recent stakeholder meetings with WDFW, Suquamish Tribe, HCSEG and stewards may have reached an acceptable resolution to the flooding on Beaver Loop Trail. Each winter the trail floods, and people begin to trek around the flooded area and through the woods to get through. Original plans called for a bridge to be built below the beaver dam, but an acceptable location was not located by WDFW's engineer. WDFW and the Suquamish tribe suggested we remove the old road bed and culvert and build a boardwalk over the wetland at the present trail location. This resolution was accepted by the trail committee and will allow fish passage into the pond. The beaver can continue to be beaver downstream of the boardwalk. Preliminary design has been completed and elevations will be taken soon.

Puncheon stringer uncovered while removing culverts

Culverts were removed from Beaver Loop Trail on the 27th of August, 2015. It took a while to get our Hydraulics Permit from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, but the process worked, is good and necessary to protect our fish and water. With permit in hand, and fish work window open, Keith loaned us his Caterpillar excavator and Colen removed the two culverts to permit fish passage upstream into the wetland. During excavation an old corduroy road was discovered buried beneath the road fill. Old growth Cedar logs were used for sleepers and stringers, and later were buried when two culverts were installed under the road. Thanks to Stewards: Dennis, Frank Colen, Tom, Jeremy, Arno, Steve Bill and Mike. We will watch the beaver and the water this winter to determine final elevations of the new boardwalk

Interactive Wetland

Colen excavating trail Austin and Mike work on interactice wetland

With funding from Silverdale Rotary the culvert and control structure were completed in 2014. The pond fills with water, to a max level of 18 inches, several times each winter. The only remaining work is sealing the pond with Sodium Bentonite to retain water longer into the summer months. Winter 2016, USS Nimitz volunteers planted native plants for ground cover, and students from CK Lighthouse began building the bulkhead along the pond trail. Special thanks to WSU Extension (Renee and Ann), Keith Asbury and Silverdale Rotary for help with this project.

Stewards building control structure Twin fawns

Rose Foundation Grant

Support for our Water Mapping Project is being provided by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitgation Fund, a grantmaking fund creatd by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and administered by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment. With this grant volunteers will gather GIS information on wetlands and the unnamed tributary to Wildcat Creek, and submit this data to a licensed surveyor for vetting and documentation. Once completed the corrected maps will be presented to the State of Washington Deparment of Natural Resources for inclusion in the FPARs data system.

Interactive Wetland/Rain garden

Students from Central Kitsap's Lighthouse program pulled all the scotch broom, stewards and friends burned the piles and Silverdale Rotary has funded the materials for the project. AES consultants surveyed the site getting elevations and creating a site and contour map. The project will create a flat bottomed shallow wetland where students can get a chance for hands on activities with water chemistry, macro invertebrates, amphibians and aquatic plants. This old DNR "borrow pit" quickly fills with rainwater each year and floods out Rhodie Hill trail. The proposed project would:

Create a sustainable site for repeated sampling and field trips

Create a wetland that can be used by students studying the environment

Create a native plant identification site

Create a rain garden to increase late summer flows in Chico Creek

Fix the wet spot on Rhodie Hill trail

2017 Work Plan

Stewards have prepared the work plan for the upcoming year. A list of proposed and needed projects has been prepared, prioritized, submitted and approved.Work Plan 2017

Children's Forest

44 Yards of gravel

Brandon Schleiger raised funds for and had delivered 40 yards of gravel for the Children's Forest trail tread. Brandon organized the whole thing and organized great support from many members of his troop. This was Brandon's Eagle Scout project. He is the young man in the center of the group pic. He and members of Troop 1506 along with parents, friends, and stewards managed to place 44 yards of gravel on the Children’s Forest Trail on August 4th.

Children's Forest Update

A very special thank you to Larry Reid for his generosity. He brought in heavy equipment, and removed all the stumps from the area where the outdoor classroom is being built. Stewards agreed to purchase the remainder of rock needed for the tread, and steward Keith Asbury delivered it with no transportation charges. Scouts continue to work on puncheons, bench seating, and turnpikes.

Rose Foundation Grant

We have been awarded a grant from the Rose Foundation, Oakland California, to help us with water mapping in the park. The Washington State DNR mapping system is quite complex and contains a lot of good information, however some of that information is incorrect. The unnamed tributary that leaves the park on the the south end is shown as exiting the park about 1/4 mile farther east than it does. Volunteers will gather GIS data and waypoints, submit them to AES Consultants for documentation. Once mapped, and in the states format, we will submit that data to the FPARs system at the Department of Natural Resources. If interested in helping with this project contact Frank Stricklin.

Hardwood Patches for Wildlife

One long range objective for the parks development is "protect the ecological health of plant/wildlife communities and watershed headwaters". Members of Klahowya Secondary School Environmental Club, and stewards have begun installing a hardwood patch of paper birch. So far 50 trees have been planted in the old DNR gavel pit. The project will increase plant specie diversity, improve HABITAT and help control noxious weeds. The Birch trees were selected because: they are native, they are preferred forage and cover for several native and migratory birds, and they are visually striking. Watch for signs along Old Loop Trail as this project evolves.

Coming Soon

Work Plan 2017

Hydraulic Permit for boardwalk

Underway

Interactive Wetland

Noxious weed removal

Wildlife inventory

Wetlands classification

Take Tree Marking

Culvert Maintenance

Forest Thinning Boundary Marking

Forest Management Outreach

Meadow habitat restoration

Safety

Working on uneven terrain, heavy lifting, around chain saws and tractors is very dangerous work. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times. You must wear your safety equipment. If you can't follow safety rules, we can't afford your free labor.