The wonder of the woods
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Pacific Northwesters may grumble about the lack of sunshine for nine months of the year, but when summer does bring its nonstop infusions of vitamin D, many residents choose to hide from the sun and seek cover in shady moss- and fern-filled forests—whether they’re in their backyards or a day trip away. A trio of events this weekend will provide even more relief from the heat.
For those whose acreage includes property with plenty of trees, a Forest Owners Field Day will take place from 9am-4pm Sat., July 22 at Alexander Ross Tree Farm, 3783 Y Rd. At the event, forestry specialists from around the region will be providing classes on everything from forest health to fire prevention, tree planting and seedling care, native tree and plant identification, improving habitat for wildlife, soils and measuring trees. Additionally, demonstrations, tours and resources on a variety of topics will happen throughout the day for forest owners of all skill levels—from “newbies” to seasoned veterans. There will also be vendor exhibits from forestry agencies, organizations and equipment dealers that will allow participants to network with professionals and other woodsy owners. Whether you have just a couple of acres that need managing or a large forest tract, you’ll want to attend. Cost: $50 per person or $60 per couple (same household or ownership). Info: http://www.forestry.wwu.edu
If you’ve ever wondered about the 100-year-old organization that leads hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and other convivial field trips throughout the year—many of them in the woods or near them—attend a Mount Baker Club Summer Social from 12-3pm that same day at the Lake Padden Park playground shelter, 4882 Samish Way. Following the lunchtime celebration, enjoy a walk through the canopy of trees surrounding the lake, relax in a camp chair or make your way onto the water. While you’re there, find out about upcoming events, and learn how you, too, can become a Mount Baker Club member. Cost: Free. Info: http://www.mountbakerclubsite.wordpress.org
The following morning, residents are invited to join Recreation Northwest for a tour of the Chuckanut Community Forest—also known as the Hundred Acre Wood—starting at 11am at the trailhead near the upper pavilion in Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Dr. N. While you’re getting to know your way around this beloved trail network, find out more about the stewardship work Recreation Northwest is doing at the park to mitigate the impact of the organization’s trail run leg of the annual Bellingham Traverse, and to connect the park with the woods. An additional walk happens Aug. 27, and there will also be a variety of work parties that month. Finally, from 3-9pm July 21-23, help raise funds to support the Fairhaven Park Trail and Wetland Boardwalk Project by stopping by a Pop-Up Beer Garden behind the Fairhaven Fish and Chips bus at 1306 11th St. Info: http://www.recreationnorthwest.org
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Forty years and counting
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