The Friends Of Woodard Bay seek to advance the protection and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area and promote the responsible enjoyment of this unique local treasure while educating and inspiring adults and children to be stewards of the environment.
Friends Of Woodard Bay (FOWB) was formed in 2016 by local residents who want to help preserve and protect the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) by providing volunteers for needed projects and to help achieve the goals of the NRCA. The FOWB is organized into four teams:
In the past year, the FOWB have met school groups on-site, developed a field trip guide and activities; monitored plantings and fence integrity; monitored trails and cormorant/heron rookeries; removed trash; mowed around plantings; reported on areas of needed work and more.
It's easy to get involved in FOWB. Go to our Contact page, and contact our current FOWB Volunteer Coordinator, Roy Short, and he will add you to our distribution list that sends out e-mails about upcoming volunteer opportunities, trainings, meetings, etc. All members of the community are welcome!
News & Upcoming Events
February 27, 2019
An update on Volunteer opportunities out at WB and surrounding area. I am out of town quite a bit this month and will have difficulty coordinating work parties. If anyone feels so moved to organize a work party, that would be great. Just reply All. Otherwise, since work sites might be moving around as work is completed at one site, you can contact Michele Z to see where help is needed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some current volunteer opportunities:
Planting: The Shincke Road riparian area is almost completely planted! In about a week the WCC crews will move to The Farm on Libby and the 76thAve property. Unfortunately, with the snow and freezing temperatures, DNR lost eight planting days and one of the crews was dispatched to Florida to support storm clean up. The plants have been delivered, and the hope is to get them in the ground before Spring. If volunteers are interested, there is plenty to do over the coming weeks.
The property near WBNRCA at 7012 Woodard Bay Road has been purchased by DNR and will soon begin its transformation back to native habitat. If volunteers are available, DNR could use help dismantling the split rail cedar fence and using the materials to replace the broken fencing at the Woodard Bay parking lot. The rest can go to the storage unit so we have some in reserve. It is hard to find split rail these days!
Woodard Canoes: The contract to relocate the canoes at Woodard went out to bidders today. We should have a contractor on site within a month. The contractor is required to reconstruct the gravel trail and any other areas damaged during the move, but it will still be disruptive and there will be a need for additional planting and clean up after they leave.
Woodard Bay Loop Trail: Art Tuftee is collaborating with us on a Loop Trail redesign. Art designed the trail at Alderbrook and he volunteers with Friends of Capitol Forest. He plans to complete a Work Plan by May 1. The plan will include 10 projects, each project can be constructed separately as funding and resources allow. Once Art has a better idea of the terrain, we will reach out to FOWB to schedule an onsite meeting for anyone who wants to share ideas about the trail.
November 15, 2018
Thanks to all the FOWB volunteers (Bob, Chas, Roy, Michael, Roy) who were able to make it out on Thursday. A beautiful fall day was shared with the UW Restoration class (about 10 college students) who helped clear the Overlook Trail and then moved on to Weyer Point with Michele to learn more of the restoration from an industrial site to a natural area.
November 2, 2018
Marshal Middle School CSI Program came to Woodard bay with 60 students, 2 teachers, and numerous chaperones. DNR Rep. Michele Z, and FOWB Ed. Team member, Roy S were on hand to escort the group along the Loop Trail and Weyer Point to talk about the flora and fauna of the site, and the restoration from the logging operation. They were on site for nearly 3 hours and left with a greater appreciation of Woodard Bay and its rich cultural, historical, natural significance.
October 10, 2018
Boston Harbor FD Meeting Room
5046 Boston Harbor Road
Please send any agenda items you would like to see, and I will send out a reminder and agenda closer to the date! Hope to see you there!!
(See more Events on our Projects and Upcoming Events page!
A Few Pictures from our Work Parties
A beautiful fall day (11/15/18) was shared with the UW Restoration class (about 10 college students) who helped clear the Overlook Trail and then moved on to Weyer Point with Michele to learn more of the restoration from an industrial site to a natural area. (photos my Michael M)