July 15 Work Party Scheduled

Our 2nd 2017 work party will be Saturday July 15. Work parties are always the 3rd saturday of the month from June to September.

In July we will meet as usual at the Barlow Pass gate at 9:00 – from there we will travel to the new access road and then into the townsite. Our main objective will be to relocate the timber pile which is currently scattered downhill from the United Concentrator site; it was washed away when Glacier Creek jumped the bank late in 2015; we recovered the pile from the dry creek bed late 2016.

We now need to relocate the pile up near Dumas Street to facilitate building an interpretive structure on the MCPA lots on Dumas Street. It will likely be a whole day job just to relocate the 50+ timbers weighing more than 5 tons in total. We will have mechanized transport equipment on site but can also use all the man power possible to most effectively complete this task. Please contact us to let us know you’ll be joining us to help with this project.

There will also be plenty of other work needing done if you want to join us.

Photos below of the stacked and steam-strewn timbers, followed by the current state of the lumber pile.

Please RSVP to those listed on the MCPA “Contact Us” page so we have an idea who to wait for at Barlow.

Lumber Move (7)

Lumber Move (15)

June 17 Work Party Recap

Our June 17th work party was met with great attendance and great weather. We installed the bulletin board at the clay slide (3/4 mile in from Barlow Pass) then caravanned to the townsite on the new access road. There we did brushing of Dumas St and the turntable, secured the Forest Service Cabins, and did some ground cleanup and surveying at the MCPA lots on Dumas Street.

Some members worked from BLM maps to locate the corners of the former Trump (Drumpf) property; this is visible just over the Sunday Creek foot bridge; turn right just after crossing the creek, before you reach the powerhouse.

David Cameron educated members and visitors with his knowledge and period photographs. A high school student from Bellevue did some filming for a journalism project.

Lunch Break June 2017

June 17 Work Party Scheduled

The MCPA will have it’s first 2017 monthly work party on June 17. We will meet at the gate at Barlow Pass at 9:00 AM. There we will correct any trail issues up to twin bridges and re-install our bulletin board. We will then proceed to the new access gate and drive into Monte, again correcting road issues as we encounter them.

We will do anyneeded cleanup and maintenance in the townsite, then head to the MCPA lots (on Dumas Street) to begin assessment of the site for our interpretive plans. We will be surveying, brushing the site and marking borders.

MCPA members and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend the work party. You can choose whatever type of work you are suited for – trail building, brush cutting, log & rock moving, etc. Bring whatever implements you feel appropriate. If you are a member with a signed road waiver you can drive into the work location; others can ride in member vehicles, room permitting. We typically work from 9:00 until 12 or 1, then have a group lunch and then disperse.

Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch June 3 Noon at Verlot

We hope everyone had a nice spring.

We are excited to begin our new year with the Annual Meeting, coming up on June 3rd at the Verlot Service Center. As usual, we will have a nice potluck lunch at noon, prior to beginning our annual meeting. We have lots to discuss with members at this meeting so we hope everyone can attend. Please remember, we are now on a calendar year with our membership, January to December. Please bring your membership dues to this meeting. We will discuss plans for our first work party of the year at the Annual Meeting.

As with previous years, all our work parties will be on the third Saturday of each month, beginning in June. Those dates are: June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. Please check our website, www.mcpa.us for updates or last minute changes for these work parties in case of severe weather or road closures.

This year, we plan to begin work on our new interpretive site. Since this will be a one-time experience (probably spread between 2 years) if you would like to be a part of history and help with this endeavor, please sign up at the Annual Meeting or email me with your interest. At the Annual Meeting, we will outline the options we have discussed for designing the interpretive
site and hope to start the project at the first or second work party.

As mentioned at the February Winter Social, and if you were unable to attend, we welcome your feedback on how you think the MCPA should respond to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) management plan for Monte Cristo. So we will also have this on our agenda for the Annual Meeting. I also want to discuss possible plans to continue our own Town Site Host Program at this meeting. This program has, in the past, been the only deterrence against vandalism in the area and the public has tremendous respect for what we are doing.

MCPA Winter Social & Potluck February 4, 2017 5:30pm

“The Barn” At Jennings Memorial Park
6915 Armar Road, Marysville, WA

Our gathering will start as always with a potluck dinner. If you have time, please bring something to contribute so we can all leave with full stomachs.

The evening will be dedicated to a discussion about future Forest Service management of the Monte Cristo area, what we would like to see, and the role of MCPA in it. This year they will be conducting a formal National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) study. However, this may be the only time for most of us to address our concerns and suggestions in person. Although the Forest Service will soon provide a “scoping” letter to which we can all respond by electronic format, we expect a representative from the Forest Service to take part informally in our discussion as he sees fit. So whether you are currently an MCPA member or one from past years who did not renew your membership in 2016, please feel welcome and join us for this unique Winter Social.

Our Regular Work Parties End for the Season

On Saturday October 22nd we had a good turnout to complete a variety of tasks before November rains and winter snows return. After taking down our clay slide informational bulletin board for storage we convoyed in to Monte Cristo. Following recent storms, we cleared downed trees and debris across both the Forest Service access and county roads, along with filling in a blocking washout below Hap’s Hill.

In the town we continued brushing between the site of the old lodge and Sunday Creek, repaired some vandalism damage, and brushed the trail from 76 Creek to Dumas Street up to the Kyes Memorial. Our new laminated photo/text signs have withstood weather and a few removals. We look forward to installing more in the spring when they are scheduled to be joined by the new Forest Service CERCLA funded metal ones.

Thank you to everyone who helped out this year! It was a challenging one following the months of hazmat exclusion.

October 10/22 Work Party is on

Last work party of year is scheduled for 10/22. Meet at Barlow pass gate by 9:00 AM. We will begin by clearing some windfalls on the old Monte Cristo Road then remove our bulletin board at the clayslide. We’ll then head up the new access road to complete whatever tasks remain in the townsite.

Contact us as found on the “Contact Us” page above if interested in joining us for this last work party of 2016.

October Work Party 10/15

We will meet on Saturday 10/15 for the last work party of the 2016 year. We will start by disassembling the MCPA map board located at the clayslide, then drive into the townsite (on the new access road) to complete any repairs for the year, additional townsite brushing, work on Dumas street trail and brushing, work on cleaning up the MCPA townsite lot for the future interpretive site, plus any other work needing completed. The Silver Lake trail may also need some maintenance. We need several persons to help with the bulletin board removal.

We should meet at the Barlow Pass early enough to get in and remove the map board and then meet at the new access gate (1 mile down Mountain Loop Highway) at 9:00.

Anyone (members and non-members) are welcome to join us; non-members will have to carpool with us into the townsite from the MLH.

See the contact us page if any questions.

September 17 Work Party

Come join us 9:00 AM for the September 17 work party. Our main goal at this work party will be working to salvalge our timber pile from the banks of Glacier Creek, and major brushing in and around the townsite. We obtained the fisheries permit to allow the work near the creek. We will meet at the new access road gate, 1 mile north of Barlow Pass, at 9:00 AM, and drive in together as a group. We will likely work until about 2:00 to allow time to return the gate key to Verlot. Extra help with the timber pile would be fantastic. We will also have brushcutters available for anyone who wants to work in the townsite. Any questions, email us from the “Contact” page.