The Newsletter of Volunteers for Outdoor Washington                                               Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hello all,


Thanks to all the National Trails Day Volunteers!
Ira Spring Trail, Exit 45, I90

The following from Annik Wolfe:

 VOW celebrated National Trails Day, in partnership with the Mountaineers Foothill Branch, on the Ira Spring Trail.  36 volunteers worked on 1.25 miles of trail repairing snow and water damage from the last winter.  The Volunteers cleared drain dips, water bars and check steps. 

The main event was the repair of a section of trail, which had slumped down 60feet below.

 After repairing the trail bed several large eight-foot wide rolls of geo-textile were anchored and draped over the trail’s banks to help stabilize the banks. 

The work was followed up with a picnic and some “catching up” time. 

All in all it was a good day.  Many thanks to all who participated. 
Iron Goat Trail Skykomish Ranger District

The following from Dennis Evans:

NTD on Iron Goat:

Approximately 20 volunteers came out for the event.

Crews spent the day installing two new culverts and replacing another culvert.

Ed Burns led a crew on the upper grade to work on drainage issues.

Another crew spent the day on tread cleaning on the lower grade.

A tailgate cookout was held after the work party at the Martin Creek Trailhead.
King County Parks Taylor Mountain

Twenty five + volunteers met with King county parks, Friends of Cedar River Watershed, REI Southcenter store, and VOW to brush the equestrian and hiking trail at Taylor Mountain. The sunny day made for a great time. The view of Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains was outstanding from the view point at the top of the hill. Everyone stayed afterwards for sandwiches, chips, cowboy coffee, and brownies. VOW looks forward to working with Friends of Cedar River Watershed and REI on future projects.

Cathy and Craig Brown were at the event collecting GPS data for the Northwest Trail Project with that collects GPS trail maps for Garmin GPS receivers.


Skykomish Ranger District Open House is this Friday June 10!
You’re Invited to the Skykomish Ranger District Open House


Meet the new District Ranger (Joe Neal), Smokey Bear, and the Forest Service who care for the Skykomish Ranger District. Visit the ranger station and see what we do, who we are and how we manage the public’s land. Come and enjoy an afternoon of educational displays and informative presentations. For more information contact Kati Jo Maher at 360-677-2244. Save the date and we look forward to seeing everyone June 10.

What – Skykomish Ranger District Open House

Where - Skykomish Ranger Station,  74920 NE Stevens Pass Hwy, Skykomish, WA 98288

When - June 10, 1:pm-6:pm

Who - Everyone

Kelly Sprute Public Affairs Specialist, USDA - Forest Service, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


More items, Maybe of interest


Two upcoming events with Friends of Cedar River Watershed


2nd annual Fly Fishing Event

Saturday, June 11 ~ 9:00am- 2:00pm Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area~ Renton

Come spend the morning helping restore critical habitat for spawning salmon and other wildlife at King County Parks, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area.  Afterward, enjoy our other workshops and activities including:

Fly fishing lessons and instruction, casting and tying demonstrations for beginners and the avid angler--extra equipment available for beginners!

Guest presentations by fisheries biologist, Aaron Bosworth from WDFW and Cam Sigler, guide for local and destination saltwater fly fishing.  Stream insect identification labs.  Smoked salmon and catered lunch will be provided!

Don't miss this fun, educational, interactive event for all ages and angles! A special thanks to Emerald Water Anglers, Loki Fish Co., REI, Whole Foods, Northwest Fly Anglers, Overlake Fly Club, and Trout Unlimited


The Great Seven Acre Knotweed Smackdown

Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:00am-3:00pm

A Restoration Event at the Historic Taylor Townsite in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed!

Underneath the lush forest of the Cedar River municipal watershed lies the remains of old pipes, clay, and coal from the historic industrial town of Taylor (1892-1947). The famous Taylor bricks made from this town are found in buildings that still stand today across the west coast. Invasive knotweed has overtaken seven acres of this historic townsite. Volunteers will participate in a great seven acre knotweed smackdown!

Meet behind the fire station at the junction of Issaquah/Hobart Road (276 Ave SE) and Taylor/Kerriston road (SE 208th St.); just south of the Hobart Store. Look for signs. Vanpools available from Seattle.

To register contact: 206 297 8141


Burien Parks has an Ivy [and more] Out in Shorewood Park on Saturday June 11, 2011 contact Lisa at the Parks Department at (206) 988-3700 for more information.


From Renee Bodine, US Forest Service:

Native American Youth Repair Boyd Creek Interpretive Trail, Learn About Salmon Ecology

What: High school youth will do maintenance on the Boyd Creek interpretive trail, learning about salmon ecology and the cultural significance of salmon in Native American cultures.  

When: June 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Who: Total of about 24 participants, Northwest Indian College, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement, National Forest Foundation, US Forest Service

Where: Glacier Public Service Center-10091 Mt. Baker Hwy Glacier, WA/Boyd Creek Interpretive Trail- Forest Road 37 off of Mt. Baker Hwy

Directions: From Glacier, drive east on Hwy 542 for approximately 10 miles, turn right (south) on to Forest Road 37.  Continue about three miles, trailhead is on the left.

Contact: Coordinate in advance with Stella Torres, 425.783.6096,


VOW participates in employee workplace giving programs which helps us maintain our office and the projects and programs we have. We qualified this year (and every year) with the King County Employee Giving Program Annual giving Drive this October and November for 2012. If you participate in one of these workplace giving programs, consider supporting VOW with your donation.




Volunteer to help everyone enjoy the outdoors,

Richard Botts


Volunteers for Outdoor Washington

12345 NE 30th Ave Suite I, Seattle, WA 98125

Trail Notes

Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
12345 30th Avenue NE, Suite I
Seattle, WA  98125

Phone:     206 517-3019
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