A Walk in the Woods – Fenton Preserve

On Tuesday morning seven members were joined by Abby and Hank (Representatives of the Whatcom Land Trust) to explore Fenton Preserve.  We were told about the history of the Preserve and Whatcom Land Trust. We walked on several trails. Unsuccessfully sought salmon in Haynie Creek. Last week’s floods scoured the creek bed with no salmon evident.  Lots of fungi.  An eagle aerie viewing led to talk about when and if they will return. 
Hank was especially helpful as he has been a Steward at the preserve for years full of knowledge.  We returned to our cars around noon very thankful to have had such a beautiful morning. One eagle flew overhead to add to our enjoyment.  Every time I have been on a MBC outing the collected knowledge of the group is so impressive as well as the various interests exchanged while sharing stories.  Photos can be viewed on the MBC Flickr Album Page.

Dennis and Judy Doyle

Litter Patrol – Fall 2021

A lovely October morning, mostly sunny and 41 degrees upon arrival at milepost 37 of the Mount Baker Hwy.  Brilliant yellow leaves everywhere glowing in the sun.  Joining me were two members new to the litter patrol, and new to me was a “no show”.
It was an extremely light trash haul (Yay!), barely filling two of the DOT supplied bags with the usual collection of cans, cigarette butts, paper, plastic bottles, and plastic bits of all shapes and sizes.  AS USUAL, NOTHING OF VALUE WAS FOUND!  Some of the light load was due to fallen leaves everywhere hiding a lot of sins until next year.  I did forget to mention in my opening safety and pep talk to Team 2, that they did not have to swoosh around in the leaves looking for hidden treasures.  But I admired the dedication!  Their proudest moment came when they uncovered a tattered, tar covered old traffic cone abandoned after recent roadwork.
As the leaves fall in our slice of heaven (not talking about pizza), it is obvious just how close the Nooksack River is to the highway along miles 39 to 37.  Sometimes just a few hundred yards away.  Some may think of the River as docile, but in my Flickr photos, you can see how the powerful current washed huge trees downstream when the the River is raging.
Also in the photos, there is one that looks like Steve mixed up my order.  Not so!  In support of the MBC efforts my sister who lives in Delaware patrolled her neighborhood.  I think she gathered more trash there than we did in the two miles of the highway.  Good work, Sis!
I would like to thank Carol and Betty for their enthusiasm and upbeat approach to the litter patrol.  The next patrol will be in April 2022 when I think the trash haul will be more significant after a winter of ski bound traffic.  I always found it odd that there are always more beer cans and bottles on the way up to the mountain, than the return.  But we will deal with that in April. More photos on the MBC Flickr Page.

Litter Patrol – Spring 2021

It was as sweet a Spring day as you could want for a litter patrol of miles 37-39 of the Mt Baker Hwy.  Temps were in the low to mid 60’s, sunny, with a light breeze.  With the Club President in attendance, everyone was on his best behavior.
After a long winter, the first litter patrol of the year has always been the heaviest, and today did not disappoint.  Two teams of two fully filled six and a half bags of bottles, cans, paper, plastic, ski hats and gloves, cigarette butts, and some yucky stuff.  But as usual** nothing of value was found.  Well, Fritz did make off with some kind of magnetic sun shield for a car.  The most unusual find was a fully inflated inner tube:  really fat, with a tiny center hole–perfect for snow sliding.
In my last October report I noted the dirty Club sign and my intention to clean it.  After scrubbing it with a brush and soapy water this morning, I realized that the surface was actually damaged.  Group consensus was that someone with a shotgun took exception to our sign.  
Thank you to Prez Michael D, Mike R, and Fritz for gangbuster litter patrolling today.  Next patrol will be in mid July
**other than a few coins over the years.

Intrepid Cleanup Crew

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Litter Patrol July 2018

Trip Report

The summer litter patrol of Mount Baker Hwy miles 37 – 39 was held Tuesday.  It was sunny and warm–the kind of day in the mountains that so often moves the Club President to look to the heavens and belt out an Italian aria!  Sing it Michael!  The highway traffic was light, as was the usual collection of beer/soda cans and bottles, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and assorted bits of plastic and paper.  Grass and underbrush along the road may have hidden some litter, but I like to think drivers are rethinking their lazy habits.

To the numbers:

0  –As usual, nothing of value was found.

1  –Old bamboo Tiki torch.  White Nationalists may claim it at the DOT Maple Falls dumpster.

–Ambulance, lights flashing, going east.

2  –Teams of two volunteers.

–Actual time in hours, more or less, to patrol one mile, there and back.

3  –Sunning garden snakes.  One slurping from a Pepsi can (sugary kind).  Took the can, left the snake.

4  –Partial bags of litter collected.

–Enthusiastic volunteers.

5:45  –A.M.  Alarm clock sounds off.  Hit snooze.

6  –Bicyclists heading uphill.

8  –A.M.  Loaded up, on the road.

9:30  –A.M.  Patrol teams assemble at mile marker 37.  Group photo.

33  –Degrees.  What the Nooksack River felt like while soaking feet after the patrol.

78  –Degrees upon arrival at milepost 37.

86  –Degrees when done.

88  –Miles, door to door.

1743  –Miles from St. Louis that Melinda traveled just to participate in the patrol.

3035  –Wooden forest road sign toppled by age and moisture.  The road doesn’t really seem to go anywhere.

Thank you to Valerie, Melinda, and Sue for making it a fun day.  The next litter patrol should be in mid to late October, before the snow flies.

Photos of the fun can be seen here.

Mt Baker Highway Litter Patrol

The first of three 2018 litter patrols was held on Tuesday along the Mt Baker Hwy, miles 37 – 39.  The Spring patrol is usually the heaviest, after a 6 month layoff.

The Good:  -A beautiful sunny day.

-Little traffic on the Hwy.

-The brush along the road has not fully opened, allowing us to see all the litter left behind.

The Bad:  -About eight bags of junk, mostly the usual collection of aluminum cans, beer bottles, cardboard, plastic, some clothing, road reflectors, and a few car parts. The worst of the bad…a soggy pamper.    People!!

-Keeping with tradition, nothing of value was found.

-In places, the road was dusty from all the winter sanding.

The Unknown:  -What are people thinking when they throw this stuff out the car window?

The next litter patrol should be in mid July.

The first photo to follow is of my crackerjack volunteer crew.  Thanks to Penny, Owen, and Sue.  The second photo shows me wondering if I was going to make it back to milepost 39, where I started.


Highway Litter

Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

It was a beautiful morning on the Mt Baker Hwy along the Nooksack River, miles 37-39.
By the numbers:
-Money, jewelry, lotto tickets, or anything of value found
-Hour commute time each way.
-Golf ball (May have been left in extra trash bags from last patrol.
-Orange safety flag displayed upside down along the highway.  Unknown until a DOT driver stopped to share that knowledge.  (I plead the 5th).
-Vehicles used.
-Hours actual work time.
-Miles walked by each team.
-Months,or so until next Litter Patrol.  (Make your reservations now)
-Volunteers (Gerry, Jennie, Steve, me)
-Bags of junk collected (not all full).
-Hours, door to door.
-Feet of old steel cable, pulled from the bushes.  (Guard rail reinforcement?).
-Bicyclists grinding their way up the mountain.
-Minutes trying to come up with something for numbers eight through eighty-six.
-Miles put on the truck, door to door.
Thanks to all the volunteers this year who helped make picking up other people’s trash enjoyable.
Richard Klemm

Alpine Meadows Fence Pull for Whatcom Land Trust

Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:45am – 1:15pm

Work Party with Whatcom Land Trust- the Whatcom Land Trust is our regional version of the Nature Conservancy. This will be our third outing with them this year. We’ll join a work party at their Alpine Meadows property for a bit of fence pulling. There are a limited number of spaces for this trip, so contact Drew by Sunday October 16th if you’d like to come along. Our time at the site will run from 9-12 and they’ll provide a snack. Bring: work gloves (they have a one-size fits all if you don’t have any), work boots or hiking boots, and rain gear- this trip will run rain or shine- they cancel only in the event of high winds. We’ll depart from the Sunnyland School south side parking lot at 7:45 am. Suggested carpool fee $5. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738, ajwinsor@gmail.com


Trip Report

whatcom-land-trust-fence-pullThree Mount Baker Clubites joined a Whatcom Land Trust work party Saturday for some fence demolition. We spent the morning with a crew entrusted with removal of a four-strand barbed wire fence from the WLT’s Samish River Headwaters property. We removed and coiled the the lines of wire, and then pulled the posts. Gorgeous day, gorgeous scenery, and a fine gang of folks. And an all you can eat buffet right there at the site that featured home-brewed coffee and a wealth of goodies from the Food Co-op’s bakery. Nothing could be finer!