Recreation Northwest

Chuckanut Community Forest Trail Building Campaign Event

You are invited to join Joe Yaver, Edgemoor Neighborhood member and Todd Elsworth, Recreation Northwest at the Fairhaven Park Upper Pavilion on Wednesday, August 20th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Come learn about Recreation Northwest’s new Community Stewardship Program in Bellingham and how they are working with the City of Bellingham on a Trail Relocation project to improve access by re-routing the entrance trail from Fairhaven Park to reduce the increasing environmental impact.

You’ll have the opportunity to walk and talk with Todd, Recreation Northwest Executive Director. He will provide an overview of their Stewardship Program; outline this project as Phase One in a larger long-term picture for the preservation and planning of the Chuckanut Community Forest; and offer options of how you can get involved and show your support.

Your support of this Phase One Trail Relocation project is appreciated and will ensure the success of the project this fall. Recreation Northwest will have the ability to take your credit card donation or please bring your checkbook. If you are unable to attend, you may Donate to the effort online.

This is a great opportunity for community collaboration and we look forward to being a part of it. Please join us on Wednesday, August 20th.

Thank you,

Joe and Todd

Chuckanut Community Forest

Fairhaven Park – 18th Street Connector

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Chuckanut Community Forest Trail Building Campaign Event

You are invited to join Christopher Grannis, South Neighborhood member and Todd Elsworth, Recreation Northwest at the Fairhaven Park Upper Pavilion on Wednesday, August 13th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Come learn about Recreation Northwest’s new Community Stewardship Program in Bellingham and how they are working with the City of Bellingham on a Trail Relocation project to improve access by re-routing the entrance trail from Fairhaven Park to reduce the increasing environmental impact.

You’ll have the opportunity to walk and talk with Todd, Recreation Northwest Executive Director. He will provide an overview of their Stewardship Program; outline this project as Phase One in a larger long-term picture for the preservation and planning of the Chuckanut Community Forest; and offer options of how you can get involved and show your support.

Your support of this Phase One Trail Relocation project is appreciated and will ensure the success of the project this fall. Recreation Northwest will have the ability to take your credit card donation or please bring your checkbook. If you are unable to attend, you may Donate to the effort online.

This is a great opportunity for community collaboration and we look forward to being a part of it. Please join us next Wednesday. Trail Building Campaign Facebook Event.

Thank you,

Christopher and Todd

Chuckanut Community Forest

Fairhaven Park – 18th Street Connector

Please help launch our Community Stewardship Program

Dear Friend,

I am writing to ask for your Support of Recreation Northwest and our new Community Stewardship Program. Please donate to our campaign to help us launch our new program. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the month. We have already raised over $10,000 towards our goal in our first week. Donate on RecreationNorthwest.org or via our social tool – Fundly.

The Story:

In January, Recreation Northwest volunteered to City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation to become stewards of Fairhaven Park. We planned to host trail work parties- to take better care of the trails we use for the Traverse Trail Run and take care of this special place. But this wasn’t enough, I soon found out.

We were asked by members of the community to lead the preservation/planning efforts for the trails in the forest. I said, “How can we help?” The most pressing need was to move Fairhaven Park access trails out of the wetlands to stop “loving the park to death” as we continue to tromp through the mud into the woods.

Working in partnership with city staff, we determined the best place to start. Together, we have chosen to focus on a Trail Relocation project from Fairhaven Park- working towards connecting the park with the recently purchased Chuckanut Community Forest. This is a Phase ONE step towards protecting the rich biological diversity of the urban habitat and offering public access to enjoy this bounty of nature.

Learning new things, doing meaningful work and making a difference is important to me. I am fortunate that I have the support of our Board, April and our volunteers at Recreation Northwest. *Our mission: We promote outdoor recreation and bring people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. We recently received our 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status from the IRS. This status enables us to work on special projects that provide value to our community and for you to be able to write-off your donation.

Please consider donating $50 to our efforts.

Donate on RecreationNorthwest.org or via our social tool – Fundly.

If you’d prefer to mail a check: Recreation Northwest, PO Box 2771 Bellingham, WA 98227

Thank you,

Todd

Please, let me know if you have any questions. 360-739-8458

Here’s a sneak peek at the approximate trail:

Chuckanut Community Forest

Fairhaven Park – 18th Street Connector

 

First race & first win in Cle Elum is a great lead-up to Nationals

The Krank Events Cle Elum 24hr Adventure Race this past weekend was definitely a challenge, but it was a blast! We pulled into our camp spot on Friday night, a pullout on the side of a logging road, around 10:30pm, set up our tent and bivy and crashed until 6:30am race day. We packed up and headed to race HQ to check in and get packed. We had one large plastic bin for our team to store all the gear, extra clothes, and food we might need for the entire race. The bin would be transported to each transition area for us. At each transition area, the only thing that was going to be supplied by the race organization was water, so we needed to make sure that we had more than enough food for 24+ hours for all 3 of us in our team bin. We knew it would be really hot during the day and would need more water than what we started with at the beginning of each leg, so we made sure to pack a few water purification systems. After spending close to an hour packing and sorting food and gear, we walked over to the start for the race briefing at 8:45.

After a brief summary of race rules, scoring, and what we would be looking for at checkpoints, the race maps were distributed. We had less than an hour to look over the 6 topo maps and plot our route. Although the whole course was covered on the maps we were given, they were custom maps with varying scales that overlapped in unusual ways…very different from a standard map grid where one map picks up where the other left off.

stream-crossingThe race started promptly at 10am, the weather warm and muggy, chance of thunderstorms in the forecast. There were 5 segments to the race. Mountain biking was first, third, and fifth. Trekking was 2nd and 4th. Route planning was fairly easy for the mountain biking portion since we stuck mainly to roads and trails except for one short (less than 5 minute) bush-whack. Planning for the trekking segments was much harder. Following roads or trails on the trekking portion often meant adding considerable distance to our route. Many of the checkpoints weren’t even on roads or trails.

As a result, much of our intended route was off trail, and we spent extra time studying the maps in those areas to find terrain features such as ridges, gulleys, or bends in rivers/streams, to help guide us through those sections. We knew we would be doing a lot of off trail travel in the night, when using distant landmarks as a guide would be impossible.

A couple hours into the first bike leg, the first thunderstorm rolled in. We were grateful for the overcast skies and some refreshing rain! The first bike leg included everything from some bush-whacking to hike-a-bike up loose rock to riding down steep, dusty trails on exposed ridges and down rugged gullys. We had several river crossings, typically about mid-shin to knee deep. Despite the rough trails and challenging terrain, the views on this leg were spectacular! This first bike took about 8 1⁄2 hours.

mtn-bikingWe reached the first transition area at around 6:30 where we resupplied on food and water, changed shoes, and headed out on the first trek. First, we followed a riverbed, crossing the river multiple times for several checkpoints, then we headed up towards the foothills. The terrain was very hilly with a mix of forest, open meadows, and huge rock slabs. We were constantly adjusting our route to take advantage of easy travel through meadows and along rock slabs wherever possible, but there were still places where there was no choice but to bush-whack. The sun was setting as we reached the top of one of the rock slab ridges. It was gorgeous! No complaints about the scenery on this leg either. We got through the first trek with only a few minor navigational hiccups, but none of them cost us more than a few minutes. We reached the second TA at around midnight.

After checking in at the transition area, resupplying with food from our tub, water from the aid station, and switching to our bike attire, we headed out with our Magic Shines and extra batteries for our second of three bike sections. We followed entirely rideable roads and trails for the entire segment, except for one short bushwhack which saved us from having to do some backtracking. After another thunderstorm and decent rain-shower, we reached then next TA, resupplied, and were headed out on the second trek by around 3am.

sunset-trekkingThe final trek was another long one, it took us about 8 1⁄2 hours as well. This leg started in the dark and finished around the 25hr mark. It poured rain for the first 5 or so minutes of the trek, but luckily, let up after that and we could soon see bright stars overhead once again. This leg proved to be the most challenging as it involved heavy bushwacking up and over hills, through drainages, and down steep gullies. Yes, sleep walking during a race is possible. Not sure how, but it is! We made it back to the last TA, relieved to be at the start of the final leg of the race.

We started the final bike around noon. By this time the sun was high and the temperature was in the mid 90s. Whatever rain had fallen from the thunderstorms was completely gone and the trails were dusty and dry again. All three of us were pretty exhausted by this point, but ready to finish strong! After a solid climb, we enjoyed a beautiful view, yet again, with a sweet descent all the way into Roslyn and the finish. Seeing the finish line of our epic 28hr adventure was a sweet sight, indeed!

Another fun aspect of an adventure race this long is that we had no idea where other teams were or how many checkpoints they made it to until the finish. So, we were pretty excited to hear that we were the only team to complete the entire course, tagging all of the checkpoints including the pro-checkpoints and we made it in 2hrs before the cutoff at 30hrs. The course was more difficult than we had anticipated, which was a great test for us as we prepare for nationals. All in all, we couldn’t be happier with how the race went. This was a great experience in a beautiful area that was new to all of us.

The Quest Adventure Race Team, after winning the Krank 24 hour race in Cle Elum.

The Quest Adventure Race Team, after winning the Krank 24 hour race in Cle Elum.

We made a few minor mistakes, but we quickly realized them and were able to get back on route without wasting more than a few minutes. Despite the scrapes and bruises, sore bottoms and a little sleep deprivation, it was well worth it! We can’t wait to do it again!

~Emily, Dusty & Brent

Follow the team on Facebook as they race & train for Nationals.

Anticipating the 24 hour Cle Elum Adventure Race

We are proud to introduce the Quest Adventure Race Team who will be heading to the US Adventure Racing National Championships in Maryland in October. Emily, Dusty & Brent will be sharing updates as they train and race in preparation for Nationals.
 
Meet the Team & read more about their first race together:
 
We are excited to do our first 24hr race as the Quest Adventure Race Team in Cle Elum this weekend. We each like to push our limits and find out how we can push past them. This race will be a good challenge and practice for us as we head to the USARA Nationals Race in Maryland this fall.
 
The forecast  for this weekend is calling for high’s around 90 with lows dipping down into the 50′s overnight in the valley…and potentially much colder up high.  As a result, we have had to think a little harder about what we want to carry with us since the temperature swings could be severe.  To complicate things even more, we are supposedly going to spend a portion of the race doing something called “river trekking”.  While we don’t have any specifics, we can only imagine that it will mean getting really wet…potentially at night.  While we don’t want to over-pack, we certainly want to make sure that we stay plenty warm throughout the entire race.
 
We will also be prepared to filter water out on the course because we may have some very long stretches between transition areas with no sources of potable water.
 
Navigating at night will be a challenge that we haven’t yet had to deal with during our previous races.  It will be especially difficult since none of us have spent any time on the trails and dirt roads around Cle Elum.
 
All these difficulties will make this weekend an excellent training opportunity for nationals in October.  We will definitely meet all these same challenges again in Maryland.  We are preparing the best we can, and hoping for the best, but there will undoubtedly be some mistakes made, and additional challenges revealed.  Our goal is to have the best race we can, and identify potential improvements and things to practice between now and October.
 
The race starts at 10am tomorrow!
 
~Emily, Dusty & Brent

Boundary Bay wins 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State Award

Contact Information:
Todd Elsworth
Executive Director
Recreation Northwest
360-739-8458
Todd@RecreationNorthwest.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro to be Recognized at National Philanthropy Day Ceremony

Bellingham business will receive

2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award

BELLINGHAM, Wash., July 23, 2014Recreation Northwest is pleased to announce that Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro has been named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business for Washington State. Owner Ed Bennett and General Manager Janet Lightner will be honored for their acts of generosity at the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Ceremony, taking place November 5, 2014 at the Westin Seattle hotel.

Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter receives nominations to honor philanthropic leaders from communities throughout the state. Boundary Bay Brewery was chosen as an outstanding example of how the business and non-profit sectors can work together to address community needs, take better care of the environment and sustain one another.

In nominating Boundary Bay Brewery for the award, Recreation Northwest Executive Director Todd Elsworth said, “Since our signature multi-sport race, the Bellingham Traverse, began in 2002, Ed and Janet have worked closely with me to host an event that promotes our shared ideals of building community. We are grateful for the support they’ve given our organization, as well as so many others in Whatcom County, and we felt they were well-deserving of this honor.”

Boundary Bay Brewery has supported a long list of organizations throughout their 19 years in business. Recreation Northwest reached out to the Bellingham non-profit community to solicit support for the Philanthropy Day Award nomination, and received stories of Boundary Bay’s generosity from a wide variety of organizations. Co-nominating organizations include:

Kulshan Community Land Trust

Bellingham Food Bank

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

ReUse Works

Bellingham St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Make.Shift

Sustainable Connections

Whatcom Volunteer Center

Max Higbee Center

Ski to Sea/Whatcom Events

Whatcom Humane Society

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Pickford Film Center

Bellingham Bay Marathon

Downtown Bellingham Partnership/Downtown Sounds

Smart Trips/Everybody Bike

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County

“We are so proud to have Boundary Bay Brewery, and Ed and Janet, in our community,” said Elsworth. “And, we’re beyond pleased that they are receiving this prestigious award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter.”

For more information on The 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Award Ceremony, go tohttp://www.afpwashington.org/.

For more information on Boundary Bay Brewery and Bistro, go tohttp://www.bbaybrewery.com/.

About Recreation Northwest

Recreation Northwest is a Bellingham, Washington–based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation, and bringing people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, we work to raise awareness of our public green spaces and their inhabitants, including one of the Northwest’s most revered symbols—the salmon. Recreation Northwest produces the Northwest Traverse Multi-Sport Series, which celebrates the salmon’s journey and culminates each year with the Bellingham Traverse; the Quest Adventure Races; the Race Directors Summit; and the Recreation Northwest Conference and EXPO. Learn more at recreationnorthwest.org.

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ps- Check out the  Nomination Letter & Supporting Stories to see the support that the organizations gave for the nomination.