Work parties!

November 21, 2014

We had two groups of wonderful volunteers working on the trails this month. Luckily the weather has cooperated and lots has been accomplished.

November 1st, a group worked all morning to clean the borrow pit and groom more trails. They also installed posts for future interpretive signage. P1030325  P1030323

Then on November 15, the  Neah Kah Nie High School Honor Students returned to haul gravel and lay down more hog fuel along the paths. They come to Kilchis Point to help several times a year under the guidance of Beth Gienger and – while they work hard – they have a good time along the way. Photo 5 Photo 1

In addition to our KPR volunteers, the crew from South Fork Work Camp came this month and have been hauling tons of gravel – literally! We could not make the progress we have done without this crew.

Thank you to all who treasure  Kilchis Point Reserve and show their dedication through hard work!


Volunteers Wanted!

October 31, 2014

A whole lot of wackin'

We have scheduled a volunteer work party at Kilchis Point Reserve on Saturday, November 1st. We will be weeding the Trailhead Garden, building new benches, removing invasive plants and collecting trash.

If you would like to join us, please call the Pioneer Museum at 503-842-4553. The work times are from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we will be meeting at the storage building at 9. Tools and equipment will be provided, but please wear old clothes and boots. Its still pretty muddy in the areas where we will be working.IMG_4027

Gettin' those scotch broom outta there

IMG_6399The dried alder leaves are falling with a “clunk” to the ground, some of the vine maples have started changing color, the streams are again filling with water, and the “wooly bear” caterpillars are everywhere. IMG_6412

The rain we had earlier this week brought out more newts so caution is to be used on the paths to avoid the newts and the wooly bears. Progress has been made on the logging road trail to the Bay, with North Coast Lawn workers spreading tons and tons of gravel. As soon as that road is improved, we can start work on the bird watching station that will sit along Tillamook Bay. And not a minute too soon as the migrating birds are at the Bay in masses already.

Although the Sixth – and final- Bridge has been finished, we are awaiting the return of the South Fork crew to work on graveling the approaches. It is a steep step up and down from the bridge, so please use caution here, too. But the scene of Doty Creek from the center of the bridge east to the old railroad bridge is worth getting onto the bridge to see – and photograph! IMG_6396 -Doty Creek @ 6th bridgeThis is a tidal creek, so the direction of the flow changes with extreme high and low tides, making it interesting to watch.

Watch here for more progress as the trails are groomed, bumpers and landscape fabric are installed and gravel and mulch are laid down.

Sixth Bridge Completed!

September 19, 2014

The completed bridge over Doty Creek. Sept 18, 2014.

Sept 17 #2It only took about two days of hard work to finish the last bridge over the wetlands at Kilchis Point Reserve. The crew from South Fork Camp was amazing and helped our Pioneer Museum staff by hauling lumber for the joists, constructing the bridge deck and finishing the side bumpers. The men even designed a pleasing curve to this bridge over Doty Creek, making this a very lovely addition. Next will come the approaches to the bridge from both sides, which we hope will be done in the next couple of weeks.

New Bridge started

September 6, 2014

Would that we had a magic wand that we could wave and the trails and bridges at Kilchis Point Reserve would be done!

Alas, we are limited by time, work crews, and – of course – money!

But considering the progress we have made in only the last 4 years, the trails and bridges are amazing!

The South Fork Camp workers returned to KPR this week and the sixth – and last – bridge over wetlands was begun. The pin footings were installed and now the crew can start the actual construction when the next load of lumber arrives.


South Fork Crew starts the final bridge.

South Fork Crew starts the final bridge.


Pin footings are driven into place on Sept, 4, 2014.

Can fall be coming so soon?

September 2, 2014

The alder leaves are already falling at Kilchis Point Reserve, signaling the end of summer. The rain over the Labor Day weekend was welcomed by the rough-skinned newts and they were all over the paths for the Pearl Festival tours on Saturday. Be careful where you step!038

New signage is installed

August 28, 2014

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum Director Gary Albright installs the latest in a series of interpretive signs along the Flora and Fauna Trail at Kilchis Point last weekend.


Gary installs a new sign on Invasive Animals at KPR