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In early July, the Anacortes Street Department’s sign shop helped me replace the stolen “curvy road <br />ahead” sign at the summit of Mount Erie. <br />In early July, Alli and I trimmed vegetation on the SHIP trail. <br />We also trimmed vegetation on the “Goat Trail”, a green corridor passing parallel to 18 th and 19th <br />streets, and later removed brush piles from the site. <br />I collaborated with Parks staff to plant 8 Arborvitae trees at the Pickleball courts. Sk y and Braydn <br />helped dig a trench using our mini-excavator, dispose of the rocky fill, and import higher-quality soil <br />as a planting substrate. Since projects need a title, this one was dubbed the “Fertile Rectangle” as a <br />callback to the Cradle of Civilization. Gabe and Alli helped plant and mulch the trees, and I will <br />continue to water them regularly. <br />Reports of ACFL black bear sightings and sign have been coming in since early July. No photos of <br />bears have emerged yet, but a pair of photos showing droppings and a clawed cedar seem <br />compelling! This is an exciting reminder that our Forestlands serve as valuable wildlife sanctuary as <br />well as a recreational outlet for humans. <br />On July 22 I cleaned out the 32nd Street beaver deceiver, which it needed. I also watered the <br />remaining alders at this location (planted winter 2019), which I will continue to do until rainy <br />season. It seems like they still need it. <br />Later the same day I visited Cap Sante to extinguish two remaining smoldering embers from the <br />brush fire that had occurred there the previous evening. <br />On two occasions in July, as time allowed, I cut and treated holly in off-trail locations near Cranberry <br />Lake and Whistle Lake. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />July 2021 Parks and ACFL Operations <br />Administrative Report <br /> <br />The heat wave that rolled through the region at the end of June tested a lot of us in many ways. It also <br />tested Whistle Lake’s capacity for humans. We never did do an actual vehicle count on any of those four <br />days, but Spradley Road was almost booked solid. There was the usual disregard for our alcohol and <br />smoking prohibitions, but there were also many people just looking to cool down a few degrees. Along <br />with ACFL Steve and his seasonal staff, Director Lunsford, Parks Manager Johnston and I spent a fair <br />amount of time directing traffic and trying to keep activity at the lake somewhat reasonable. Steve and <br />the team, along with an APD Officer that we have been able to schedule in the forest lands, continue to <br />do a terrific job of working daily for the health of the woods and the safety of its visitors.