Much of our stewardship work involves habitat restoration and general upkeep on our preserves. This work includes removing invasive plants and maintaining trails. Help us with our stewardship goals by becoming a volunteer.
Volunteer - Get Involved
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps us do the hands-on work of protecting open spaces and natural resources on Lummi Island.
Volunteers help maintain trails, guide nature walks, install signage, clear noxious weeds, mow fields, plant gardens, collect biological data, assist with graphic design, photography and mapping, help with mailings, organize events, fundraise, work on committees, serve on the board, and so much more.
If you would like to get involved as a Heritage Trust volunteer, please fill out our volunteer sign up form.
Upcoming Work Parties
Otto Preserve Spring Cleanup
Saturday, April 27: 10am - 1pm at the Otto Preserve Resource Center. Come join us in washing, weeding, pruning, and tidying up the Otto Preserve Resource Center, grounds and trails. All ages welcome, we have a job for everyone! Bring your favorite tools and work gloves. Dress for the weather. Refreshments will be served.
Two Hour Tuesdays: Tansy Pull
Tuesday, March 26, April 9, April 23, May 14, May 28: 10am - 12pm at the Aiston Preserve. Train to be a Volunteer Noxious Weed Eradicator! Help us pull and bag Tansy Ragwort from the roadsides and open areas at the Aiston Preserve. Bring your gloves and your favorite hand tools.
Curry Preserve Work Party
Saturday, July 20: 10am - 1pm at the Curry Preserve N Nugent Rd entrance. Come help spruce up the trails and parking areas. We will be cutting brush, weed whacking and cleaning up the driveway. Bring Gloves, clippers, water and lunch. All weed eaters welcome!
Baker Preserve Parking Lot Cleanup
Saturday November 2: 10am - 12:30 pm at the Baker Preserve. Come help with cutting brush along driveways and raking leaves from the parking areas. Bring water, gloves, and your favorite tools. Please park along the street to keep the parking lot clear.
Trail Walker Program
Help us monitor our properties by volunteering as a “Trail Walker”. Do you want an excuse to get out for a walk? Do you already walk the nature preserve trails regularly? We are looking for committed trail walkers that agree to walk one of our trails twice a month. Choose your favorite preserve, or a specific trail to commit too. Be our eyes, ears and noses on the land! Just walk the trail and monitor for fallen trees, wildlife and any other issues. You can help us in any way you can, from cutting brush, removing downed trees or simply walking a property twice a month and letting us know what you see. Family trail stewards welcome. It's a great family activity.
Incorporating Pacific Northwest Natives into Your Home Landscape
We are so fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest with its unique bio-diversity and vast array of beautiful native plant species to incorporate into our gardens. Over the years, I have learned a great deal by seeing the interactions of species in mature second growth forests while working with native plants in their natural habitats. I have observed growth habits, soil preferences, preferred environments and transferred that information into understanding their cultural needs. The basic rule when using natives in your landscape is to know your plant and its natural habitat and meet those needs in the garden.
Transplanting Natives: Woodland ground covers that grow under the canopy of mature trees adapt well to shady gardens around tall buildings and at the base of existing trees and shrubs. The problem occurs when we try to plant them directly in ordinary garden soil without ample organic matter. They don't like their feet deep in dense soil. What I have observed is they like to grow horizontally between the hard tree roots and compacted soil of the forest and the layer of humus (duff and leaf mold).
Improving the Soil: Plant them on top of the soil, after you have spaded and loosened the top crust, and then add a layer of two to four inches of leaf mold, bark, wood chips or other organic matter. This makes it easier for the roots to spread. It also makes it easier to plant near those close-to-the-surface tree roots.
Mix peat in the soil to lower the pH and sand into heavy dense clay soils to aid the spreading of fine roots on top of the soil layer. Many of these plants like growing with the natural fungi in the soil so never spray fungicides around them. They are all drought resistant and have adapted to our wet winters and dry summer conditions.
Excerpt from Wanda's 2000 Whatcom Watch article, full article: http://www.whatcomwatch.org/old_issues/v9i4.html