Hikes, outings

A New Year’s Stump Walk

Lee & Michele

Lee & Michele

Join the Natural History Society on Tuesday, January 14, for a New Year exploration of old growth stumps and what they mean to forest health. We will walk approximately four miles at Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park on old logging roads and moderately maintained trails with little elevation gain. This is one of the largest lowland forests remaining in West Puget Sound.

Inspiration for this outing came from the Natural History Society Book Club’s October 2019 selection,  Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, by Robert M. Pyle.  The author wrote, “… a good stump is a wonderful thing to teach the watchful naturalist.” This gave many of us unexpected insights. We would like to encourage anyone to share 2-3 sentences from Wintergreen on this walk.


Many community partners launched a visionary campaign in 2011 to conserve Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park and surrounding forestland and coastline from the timber industry and over-development. There’s a new vision and hope for the forest, restoring it as a more natural ecosystem.  What better place can we share thoughts and new hope for 2020?


RSVP to Lee at JLTnatural@saveland.org?for meeting time and place, what to bring, and additional information.



Rain doesn’t stop intrepid naturalists from looking for insects at Gibbs Lake in September 2018.

Northern shovelers

Gray jay