Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Save gas and explore a park close to home.
What better way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend than with a hike through a woodland park right in White Salmon.
More than 30 people enjoyed the hike last year, braving spring showers to learn more about the plants and animals along Jewett Creek. This year, walking from the White Salmon Park Center to Gaddis Park, hikers will have a chance to do some birding in town before reaching the park.
This all-ages guided hike begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the south entrance to the Park Center. Hikers will walk through town, enjoying birding along the way, or may meet at the park's trailhead located at the east end of Spring Street just above Jewett Creek at 10:30 a.m.
Parking near the trailhead is limited, so hikers are encouraged to meet at the Park Center or carpool.
Wear sturdy shoes, bring binoculars and drinking water, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Guides will help identify birds along the way to the park and provide interesting information about the plants and animals found in the park.
Mamie Gaddis Memorial Park was dedicated in the spring of 2003, and the name was changed to Francis and Mamie Gaddis Park in July 2004.
Volunteers David Duncombe and Bernie Krager received the "Sacred Order of the Shining Shovel" award in December 2004 for their work at the park that includes constructing paths and facing the water-holding tank with local rock.
Keeping their shovels shining, the dynamic duo recently extended the upper trail beyond the holding tank, and they have nearly completed an ADA accessible path to allow wheelchair access to portions of the park.
The hike is sponsored by the Jewett Creek Streamkeepers' whose mission is to maintain and enhance water quality, fish habitat, and riparian vegetation zones to promote public education; to protect land by working with recreation and private landowners to instigate best management practices; and to continually improve monitoring efforts in the Jewett Creek watershed. The group works through education and empowering community members who are concerned with maintaining a healthy watershed.
For more information about the hike or the Streamkeepers, call Underwood Conservation District, 493-1936.