February 11, 2017
Call for Volunteers 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Help eradicate 3 dominant invasive species from riparian buffer: 1.Non-native bush honeysuckle (Lonicera) 2.Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour) 3.Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei Turcz).
Contact us to volunteer, to help make a long-lasting difference for Richland Creek habitats. Please include “project date” in your message.
Pledged volunteers will receive a confirmation. Eradication projects are limited to ten participants for safety purposes. There are many miles of buffer yet to restore at McCabe Park, and more volunteer opportunities in the future. Thanks.
Get a Google map to find parking area at greenway trailhead (Wyoming Avenue N), and a Park & Walk map to project site.
Please wear digging clothes, work shoes or boots and dress for the current weather conditions. Feel free to bring your own shovel and gloves. Supplies and refreshments will be provided to volunteers. For safety reasons, young children are not recommended to participate with eradication phases, but are welome to join us for tree planting projects.
Check back in case we need to reschedule due to weather conditions.
More about the McCabe Park Restoration Project: The McCabe Park Restoration will take several years to be completed, and we will conduct these projects with minimal impact to widlife. The riparian buffer at McCabe Park teams with all kinds of wildlife (aquatic, sub aquatic, terrestrial), so much care will be taken to minimize disturbance to their homes. First, by leaving a section between each project-site untouched initially, as a safe haven, and by using targeted grazing and hand tools to remove invasive species. We will be planting native species beneficial to wildlife in each eradicated buffer, during Phase 3 on each project site. RCWA will return to restore all the skipped sections of buffer, until all the Richland Creek buffer at McCabe Park is completed (restored). We will also be doing some inventory after sites are completed for plant survival, the discovery of volunteer natives, and to rate the success of our eradicaiton process.
RCWA hired Chew Crew to conduct targeted grazing on project sites (Phase 1), beginning in October 2016. The temporary fence erected for the crew to do thier work (photo left), leaves quite a visible difference after their work. The grazing phase improves access and makes work easier and safer for volunteers.
During eradication projects, Phase 2 restoration, volunteers will cut & treat, or dig up (small) invasive plants. Volunteers then come in to plant native trees in eradicated buffers for Phase 3 of restoration. Volunteer opportunities are either projects for eradication or tree planting (phase 2 or 3). RCWA encourages volunteers to participate in projects according to the activity that best suits their comfort zone.