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Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve

2014 Preserve Monitoring a Success

In December 2014, two teams of volunteers explored the far reaches of the Preserve to manage this amazing resource by:

  • Assessing natural resource conditions
  • Looking for signs of encroachment or illicit uses
  • Naturalizing Big Tree’s base, where visitors have damaged vegetation and eroded soil
  • Installing temporary signs
  • Removing invasive species
  • Installing triggered wildlife cameras

The teams also beta-tested the tools we’ll use for the 2015 BioBlitz – stay tuned for more details on 2015 dates where the community is invited to assist.

Summary of Monitoring Conducted December 7, 2014
Summary of Monitoring Conducted December 13, 2014

Join Us for Bioblitz 2015

The Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve is a unique remnant of lowland Puget Sound habitat. It has been largely protected from logging, construction, and most human disruptions. It hosts the healthiest salmon run in Kitsap county, but its other residents get very little attention. Help us find out what else lives here!

bioblitzIn 2015, the Mountaineers Foundation will be collecting as much information as we can in order to create an “inventory” of the ecosystem at the Preserve. We will provide categories and species lists of what are possibly present, host outings to focus on specific categories such as plants or birds, and encourage visitors to post photos or sound recordings to our website of species (or evidence of species) they encounter while enjoying the preserve.

The information gathered will be reviewed by volunteer experts, identified, and added to our inventory. Every contribution will make a difference! We need volunteers at all levels of expertise. The only requirements are curiosity and careful guardianship of what you explore. Make a difference, learn something new, and have fun outdoors! We hope you can join us.

If you are interested in volunteering and want to be contacted about specific opportunities, please contact:

Lisa Shanafelt
Mountaineers Foundation Rhododendron Preserve Committee

Harvest Dinner for Friends and Benefactors

November 22, 2014

Mountaineers Foundation is holding a Harvest Dinner and Rhododendron Preserve tours for our wonderful benefactors.

Dinner, a traditional Thanksgiving feast featuring the delicious Thompson Turkey and all the trimmings, will be served in The Mountaineers Kitsap Cabin, gateway to Mountaineers Foundation’s Rhododendron Preserve.

Preserve Tours will be guided by members of Mountaineers Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Details
  • Mark your calendars for November 22, 2014
  • Kitsap Cabin is located at 3153 Seabeck Hwy NW, Bremerton.
  • Arrive anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. when dinner will be served
  • RSVP required for dinner, so we know how large a turkey to cook.
  • Tours throughout the day upon request

Join us as we celebrate our wonderful friends and benefactors by enjoying fellowship together, exploring the magnificent Rhododendron Preserve, admiring the salmon, or just sitting by the fire, chatting, and partaking of a fabulous meal.

Kitsap Salmon Tours

November 2014

Bring family and friends and join salmon experts to celebrate the return of salmon to Kitsap Streams at these FREE events.

Cowling Creek Center

When: Daily during November 2014, 8 am – 4 pm
Where: 20325 Miller Bay Road, Poulsbo

Dogfish creek

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Poulsbo’s Fish Park
More Info:

Chico Creek

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Chico Salmon Park, Chico Way at Golf Club Hill Road, Bremerton

Mountaineers Rhododendron Preserve

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10 am – 1 pm
Walking tours at 10, 11:30, and 1:00
Where: 3153 Seabeck Highway, Bremerton
More Info:

2014 salmon viewing opportunities are brought to you by Chico Salmon Park Stewardship Group, City of Poulsbo, Clean Water Kitsap, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County, Mountaineers Foundation, Suquamish Tribe, The Mountaineers, Washington Sea Grant, WSU Extension

Download a flier (pdf)

Open House & Community Feedback

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2 pm at the Mountaineers Kitsap Yurt
3000 Seabeck Highway NW, Bremerton

The Rhododendron Preserve represents a community treasure. Walking through the unique stands of Puget Lowland old growth forest, you may hear calls of osprey or eagles. In the warm summer months, the Preserve feels refreshingly cool thanks to the Douglas fir and western red cedar trees. Beneath the trees you will find stands of sword fern, salmonberry, and the native Pacific rhododendron. Spawning salmon fill Wildcat and Lost Creeks each fall.

The Mountaineers Foundation will host a community forum to provide an overview of our plan for managing the Preserve for 2020 and beyond. We need your feedback on how to manage these lands for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Please join us to learn about the Preserve and discuss the 2020 management plan for the Preserve. We would appreciate your feedback!