Columbia Land Trust is excited to team up with Meta for a morning of restoration work at the Optimist Club Youth Camp near Battleground, WA. We will be removing invasive Scotch broom and other weeds and monitoring plantings of Western redcedar at this beautiful site near the East Fork Lewis River.
A conservation easement on this 46-acre property was finalized in November of 2022 after years of work by Columbia Land Trust and the Optimist Club of Vancouver. With your help, we can maintain the health of this forest and the quality of this treasured community space.
For those wanting to stay and toast to the morning’s successes, we’ll follow our work party with lunch at Barrel Mountain Brewing in Battle Ground, WA. We look forward to getting to know our new friends at Meta, and we appreciate your support in keeping forests healthy!
Below you will find our registration link and details regarding the event.
Date: Friday, October 27th, 2023 (rain or shine!)
- 9am – Meet at the camp’s upper parking area and grab a cup of coffee or tea (provided)
- 9:15am – Volunteer orientation
- 9:30am – 12pm – Work in groups to get rid of those weeds!
- 12:30pm – Meet at Barrel Mountain Brewing for lunch
Location: Optimist Youth Camp at 28419 NE Potter Road, Battleground, WA 98604 (Map Link)
Coming from Vancouver, take Highway 503, or the Lewisville Highway, approximately 3.7 miles north of Battle Ground (219th/Main Street). Turn right on NE 132nd Avenue (about ½ mile past the entrance to Lewisville Regional Park), then left on 282nd. Keep to your right on the paved portion of the roadway into the forested area which becomes Raintree Drive. Turn right at the first dirt road and pull all the way into the parking areas along the right.
What to Expect:
We will be engaging in up to three hours of physical work removing weeds using tools such as loppers, weed wrenches, and handsaws. All participants are encouraged to pace their physical activity and communicate with event leaders to prevent injury. Work will take place on uneven terrain among thick understory brush in a forested site. Work may continue through rainy and cold conditions, so please dress and plan accordingly.
We will spend three hours removing weeds using tools such as loppers, weed wrenches, and handsaws. This is physical work and can be demanding, so participants are encouraged to work at a pace that is comfortable for them. We will be working in a forest and meadow with uneven terrain and some areas of thick brush. This time of year it can be rainy or cold – even if it’s not raining, the vegetation may be wet! Please dress and plan accordingly. If the weather is rainy, consider bringing some extra clothing or shoes so you can comfortably enjoy lunch at the end of the day.
There is a rustic vault toilet on site, as well as a covered picnic shelter. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
What to wear and bring:
Sturdy, ankle supporting boots that can be worn in wet and muddy conditions
- Gardening gloves, if you have them (we’ll have extras)
- Dress in layers to prepare for possible rain and cold weather
- Stay hydrated and please bring your own reusable water bottle
- We will provide tools for the workday, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own loppers and handsaws from home if in good working condition
Participant Release Form: All attendees must read and sign this waiver before participating in this volunteer event.
Contact: Please contact Events Manager Peter Condra with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org (503) 847 3342