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,


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!