September 26: Old Growth Dedication at Baker Lake
Whatcom County’s FIRST Old Growth dedication, thanks to Old Growth Forest Network, Sierra Club Mt. Baker Chapter, and Whatcom Million Trees Project!
As another City of Bellingham Climate Action Week community event, on Sunday, September 26th, 2021 at 11AM Baker Lake Trail will be recognized with a small gathering with the Old-Growth Forest Network at the Baker River Trailhead at the northern end of Baker Lake Highway/Forest Service Road 11.
Dr. Sarah Horsley, Network Manager of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will honor the protected forest with a presentation of a plaque and a short 2-mile hike along the Baker River Trail which will connect to the Baker Lake Trail to view some of the old-growth forest. The public is invited to attend the 11AM ceremony and join in the group hike to follow. Please join us there!
This beautiful forest is dominated by Red Cedars and Douglas Firs. Many are over 120 years old as well as some that are older than the 1843 eruption of nearby Mt. Baker, the 10,781 ft tall stratovolcano also known as Komo Kulshan.
All Covid-19 protocols and considerations, including the wearing of masks, as mandated by Governor Jay Inslee, will be followed for the gathering.
Directions to trailhead parking: From Hwy 20/N Cascades Highway, travel north on Baker Lake Road/NF-11 until the road ends at the Baker River Trail parking lot. (Google Maps link)
This dedication is made possible via the joint effort of Whatcom Million Trees Project, Mt. Baker Chapter of The Sierra Club, and of course the national non-profit Old Growth Forest Network, which is dedicated to establishing a national network of old-growth forests. We are delighted to partner together to protect trees in Whatcom County!
For information about all community events occurring during the City of Bellingham’s Climate Action Week, click here.