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 Sustainable Events for  
July 2014  
In This Issue
Beach Explorations
Comp Plan Kickoff Meeting
Zero Waste needs you!
Weed Warriors at Eagledals Park
305 is Scotch-broom free!
SCoCo cleans up the ivy
From the SB Board

Volunteers are offering their time all over the Island this month to educate us about the life in our tidelands, fight weeds and waste, and so much more. Read on to find out what they're up to, and how you can get involved.

 

As always, if you have a sustainability issue that inspires or interests you, please let us know. Sharing our ideas strengthens relationships, weaves a community together and becomes the heart of sustainability. You can contact us by email or by phone at 206/842-4439. We look forward to hearing from you!
Beach Naturalists explore Point White Pier this Sunday
Bainbridge Beach Naturalists and IslandWood are holding a low tide exploration of Point White Pier beach on Sunday, July 13 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This beach includes a sandy area that is swept by the currents coming and going through Agate Passage and Rich Passage. That gives it a different environment than the other beaches we explore.

You'll want to get your feet wet, so wear Wellington-type boots or closed-toe water sandals. There is limited parking across from the pier, so carpool or ride your bike if possible. Please do not bring your dog to the exploration.
Comp Plan Kickoff on July 22 
The process of updating our community's Comprehensive Plan will begin in earnest this month, and participation by many citizens over the two years ahead will be essential to success with the elaborate effort. The kickoff event, a briefing the City calls "Comprehensive Plan 101," will be on Tuesday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p. m., at Bainbridge High School.

The Sustainable Bainbridge blog will report on the process and comment on issues as they emerge.  t has already been established that the cascading effects of climate change will be taken into account throughout the update process. Please stay tuned, and get involved!
Give 2 hours to keep Bainbridge Bluegrass clean, and recycle that Styrofoam!
Zero Waste Logo The Bluegrass Festival takes place at Battle Point Park on July 26. BI Zero Waste will again have resource recovery stations for vendors' compostable and recyclable serving ware and food leftovers. Help us for a couple hours to staff and rove among the stations while listening to great music. Volunteers get free admission and access to the spiffed-up hospitality tent. No experience necessary!  Shifts run from 11am through 9pm. Volunteer for a shift by sending an email here.

The semi-annual Styrofoam recycling collection takes place at Bay Hay and Feed during store hours on July 19 & 20. Bring clean, white, dry Styrofoam - the kind that can snap apart, not the squeezable kind.  Also, NO "peanuts" - the UPS store will take your Styro (not compostable) peanuts for reuse.
Weed Warriors is going to the dogs in Eagledale Park
Weed Warriors next event is Saturday July 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Eagledale Dog Park. Bring your dog! Follow Eagle Harbor drive and turn right on Rose.

Can't attend every weed pull? Not to worry - if you can help out two or three times a year it makes a big difference! And to those few of you who say "I've got weeds in my own yard." We all do. Now and then it feels good to pull weeds for the greater good in an area everyone can enjoy!

 
Poison Oak Alert!
Yes, we have poison oak on the island, especially in some of the shoreline parks. F
ort Ward had a huge infestation, but the BIMPR parks department did a nice job of mitigation. However, please be careful what plants you touch there, especially on the trail that starts at the boat launch parking lot. 

Blakely Harbor also has poison oak near the boat launch and elsewhere. There are a number of huge shrubs also at the Close property trail where it ends at the shoreline.

There are also plants along Koura. If you know of other locations, please let us know.

Highway 305 is Scotch-broom-free,
thanks to LPT!

Another milestone in Scotch Broom Control: 305 is essentially clear of Scotch Broom!

Let's Pull Together signed an Adopt-a-Highway agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation in March, a four-year commitment to control Scotch broom for the entire 6.5 miles of 305 on Bainbridge Island. Managers in the Port Orchard Maintenance office were amazed by our ambition. This past week the first pass was completed with 275 hours of cutting/clearing. You may see a few small missed seedlings, but we'll repeat the effort to catch any regrowth or new seedlings.
SCoCo students uproot 5,000 square feet of ivy in nine days
The Student Conservation Corps has been at it again! In just the first nine days of SCoCo, 24 students and their supervisors cleared ivy from over 1,500 trees at Gazzam Lake Preserve and the Fairy Dell Trail, re-cleared 40 acres of Blakely Harbor Park AND left 5000+ square feet of ground ivy rolled up and drying in piles.
The Student Conservation Corps takes a break from their
successful ivy-clearing effort

Next week: Fort Ward, the Grand Forest West and Fay Bainbridge. Give these students a cheer if you pass by on a trail. Bainbridge Parks and we all benefit from their energetic efforts.
From the Sustainable Bainbridge Board
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