Tim Fry’s wonderful blog about Lopez Island’s people and places takes a hike with FOLH’s co-founder Ann Palmer & Land Bank Steward Tim Clark. They talk about the history of the Hill, and the plans for rallying community support for purchasing the Hill and Odlin South. Take a look!
Sorry for the late notice… from Nick Teague, this info on two opportunities to help shape public use at Iceberg, today, tomorrow, and Friday:
– Today, Wednesday October 21st at the Lopez Library 1-4 pm for a review of all the input we received including at our last meeting, Sept 9th. We will look at the Iceberg maps and ensure we have not missed any social trails
– Tomorrow, October 22nd Thursday, 1-4 pm we will take a nice walk out to Iceberg Point and “Ground Truth” our maps. Meet at Agate Beach.
– October 23rd, Friday, 1-4 pm, Lopez Library we will gather again, review our examination of walking Iceberg Point, update the maps and chat it up on how best to prioritize, mark, sign and restore those social trails
Please join us if ya can and thanks a million for all the excellent participation. What a special place!!!! See ya there!!
When: Tuesday, September 14, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Lopez Library meeting room
Greetings Lopezians! What’s your vision for the Land Bank’s next 25 years? Join us in the Library Meeting Room tomorrow evening to meet your newest commissioners, Christa Campbell and Amanda Wedow, and help shape future Land Bank projects on Lopez.
For more information contact Tim Clark at 468-2010. Light refreshments provided—hope to see you there!
There has been hunting on Lopez Hill for many generations. Ever since wolves (the major predators of deer) were removed from the islands, the deer population has grown large enough to have a serious impact on plant communities. Hunting is the currently the best strategy for keeping the deer population down. The hunting season on Lopez Hill extends for half of the time for the rest of the state, in a compromise between safety and deer population control.
The hunting seasons for Lopez Hill are:
Archery: August 31 to September 30
Muzzleloader: October 3 to 11
Modern Firearms: October 17 to 31
- It is a good idea to wear ‘hunter orange’ during hunting season: a lightweight vest can be worn over your regular hiking or biking clothes. Be visible!
- Weekends tend to be busier than weekdays.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times, for their own safety and for the protection of wildlife.
Firearms restrictions are in effect in all of San Juan County. From the Washington State Big Game Hunting Pamphlet:
It is unlawful to hunt wildlife in the following firearm restriction areas with centerfire or rimfire rifles, or to fail to comply with additional firearm restrictions, except as established below.
In firearm restriction areas, hunters may hunt only during the season allowed by their tag.
- Archery tag holders may only hunt during archery seasons with archery equipment.
- Muzzleloader tag holders may only hunt during muzzleloader seasons with muzzleloader equipment as defined by department rule.
- Modern firearm tag holders may hunt during established modern firearm seasons with bows and arrows; crossbows; muzzleloaders; revolver-type handguns; or shotguns, so long as the equipment and ammunition complies with department rules.
Guided hike on Lopez Hill
Sunday, August 23rd, 1pm
Yes, it’s time again for the summer Keep Your Cool hike on Lopez Hill. Beat the heat while enjoying the cool greenery of Lopez Hill. This guided hike will meet at the parking area off Lopez Sound Road: directions to the trailhead. It’s guaranteed to be cooler than Lopez Village! We’ll probably break into two groups, one for fast walkers and one for ramblers. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate shoes for hiking, and bring water. See you there!
|Date||Saturday, June 6, 2015|
|Location||Iceberg Point and Watmough Bay|
|Contact Name||Tim Clark|
Celebrate National Trails Day the Lopez Way!
Lopez Community Trails Network, San Juan County Land Bank, San Juan County Odlin Park, WA State Spenser Spit Park, Lopez Island Conservation Corps, and the San Juan Islands National Monument are hosting some great events in celebration of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6th!
Nick Teague with the San Juan Islands National Monument will lead a fun and exciting morning Beach Clean-Up for Iceberg Point. Volunteers can meet Nick at the Lopez Farmers Market at 10:00 am (Lopez Community Trails Network booth) to sign-up, assemble a car pool and head to South Lopez Island, or meet at Agate Beach Day-Use Park at 11:00 am to begin the hike into Iceberg Point. Please be prepared for the weather and bring a day pack with your 10 essentials and gloves. Nick will provide garbage bags and gloves if needed. The Beach Clean-Up team will work for about 2 hours and hike out all the garbage which will cover approximately 1 1/2 miles. Please bring great attitudes and big smiles.
And for those that like to sleep in, well there’s options for you too! Join Land Bank Steward, Tim Clark, San Juan Islands National Monument Manager, Marcia deChadenedes and Lopez Community Trails Network member, Bob Walker, for one of two sporting hikes on the South Shore of Lopez Island:
1:00 pm: Park at Watmough road entrance — Tim Clark and Marcia deChadenedes will drive folks to the Chadwick Hill trailhead, and will take off up and over Chadwick Hill, past Watmough, over to Point Colville and back to the cars.
3:00 pm: Park at Chadwick Hill trailhead — Bob Walker will repeat the hike and give folks rides back from Point Colville to the Chadwick Hill trailhead by the green rope.
Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear; bring a snack/water, camera and binoculars, and leave dogs and worries at home. This a medium strenuous hike of approximately four miles, and each hike is limited to twelve happy and lucky people. Sign-up at the Saturday Farmers Market or RSVP earlier to Tim Clark at 360-468-2010.
National Trails Day® (NTD) is the American Hiking Society’s trail awareness program. Each year events are held to help promote awareness of the wide variety of benefits that trails provide, to encourage people to discover their local trails, to raise awareness of trail issues, and to instill excitement for the outdoors. National Trails Day ® is held every year on the first Saturday in June. Learn more about the program online at nationaltrailsday.org.
Volunteer for the Great Islands Clean Up on Public Lands!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Volunteers have a plethora of choices this year—check the list below and see what piques your interest. Thank you!
SJI: Third Lagoon Beach, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet at the Third Lagoon Preserve trailhead located at the end of Cattle Point Road to help clear plastic rubbish from the back of the lagoon.
SJI: Deadman Bay Preserve, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Meet at Deadman Bay beach. Volunteers will tackle the drainage below the roadside where lots of debris collects throughout the year.
Lopez Island: Multiple Locations
Meet at Lopez Community Center between 9am-10 am to register* and choose from 11 beaches and 9 road side areas that need your help, including Weeks Wetland at Fisherman Bay Preserves.
*There will be a complimentary yoga class from 8am-8:45 am preceding the registration!
Sturdy rubber boots, pants, and gloves are recommended. Carpooling is encouraged. The Land Bank will provide garbage bags, buckets, and some snacks.
Orcas Island: Multiple Locations
Please show up to the closest meeting spot at 10am. Our goal is to pick up as much litter and recyclables as possible and bring them back to the Village Green before 1pm. We will clean as many roadsides and beaches as we can get to!
Eastsound: The Village Green
Olga: Artworks parking lot
Deer Harbor: The post office
SJI Beach Clean Ups, Jana Marks at 360-378-2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SJI Road Clean Ups, David Dehlendorf at 360-378-1082 or email@example.com
Lopez Island, Nikyta Palmisani at 468-2555 to leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Orcas Island, Kira Bradshaw at email@example.com.