FRIENDS OF THE TRAIL - 3rd Annual GREAT SAPLING PLANTING and TRAIL RESTORATION at the SCIOTO RUN NATURE TRAIL
FRIENDS OF THE TRAIL – 3rd Annual GREAT SAPLING PLANTING AND TRAIL RESTORATION at
SCIOTO RUN NATURE TRAIL
In Collaboration with EARTH DAY COLUMBUS
and HILLIARD RECREATION AND PARKS
Last Updated: April 2, 2021
This document can found at: www.sciotorun.org/friendsofthetrail
We invite YOU to join us as we work within the Scioto Run Nature Trail honoring the 51st Anniversary of Columbus’ EARTH DAY!
1) To get outside, to get a workout, and to build your strength, flexibility, and sense of purpose!
2) To get service hours. Even younger kids can work alongside their guardians; for example, for activity #2, below, the herbicide could be applied by the guardian while the kids do the cutting. Friends of the Trail’s Lead volunteer, Cathy Levy, can sign forms validating service hours.
3) To improve our environment and to do your part to combat climate change.
Hilliard’s woodland park, the SCIOTO RUN NATURE TRAIL, has been overrun by invasive species, specifically the honeysuckle bush and garlic mustard weed. We’ve been working for three years and we’ve cleared these invasives from about 40% of this 11.5 acre park. Already, NATIVE species are returning and younger trees have space to get established! Trees are much better carbon-converting factories than bushes and weeds! Already, pollinators like bees and butterflies can benefit from a DIVERSE woodland that provides a year-round feast of flowering native plants.
What will we do? You can choose! We cover these efforts:
1) Plant 150 NATIVE seedlings and saplings of trees in the cleared areas.
2) Eliminate invasive species (by destroying honeysuckle bushes or pulling garlic mustard weeds)
3) Cut down vines that damage trees
4) Spread mulch on the trail
5) Repair the ruts in the trail
6) Pick up litter
How will this work during the pandemic? Friends of the Trail’s Lead volunteer, Cathy Levy, will provide herbicide and might loan tools to you, and she will disinfect these items with Clorox Wipes. The work is outdoors and naturally socially distant. You (or your guardian) will sign waivers accepting the risk for COVID-19 and other injury.
When and Where will I work? The work sessions are currently scheduled during the Earth Day/Arbor Weeks April 10 – April 24, for:
Sunday, April 11, 3pm – 5pm
Thursday, April 15, 3pm – 5pm
Friday, April 16, 3pm – 5pm
Sunday, April 18, 3pm – 5pm
Thursday, April 22, 3pm – 5pm
Friday, April 23, 3pm – 5pm
Additional times can be scheduled with Cathy Levy (614-506-8139) to accommodate groups. The latest schedule can also be found here; check out work sessions during Arbor week, April 10 – April 24: www.sciotorun.org/s/FT-Schedule.pdf
Throughout the year, the Friends of the Trail work every Sunday, Thursday, or Friday and come anytime between 3pm to 5pm.Work sessions will be canceled during rainstorms.
Either meet Cathy at 3679 Scioto Run Blvd, or if your start time is later than 3pm, then call her at 614-506-8139 and she’ll come off the trail to meet you at 3679 Scioto Run Blvd. Check out this schedule for any exceptions: https://www.sciotorun.org/s/FT-Schedule.pdf . Contact Cathy if you would like to schedule a special work session.
What should I bring? Bring tools if you have them, or use Cathy’s extras. Important: Wear long sleeves, long pants, work/garden gloves.
How will I be trained? You’ll be trained on the spot, but if you want to learn more in advance, here are all the details on how we do our work: https://www.sciotorun.org/s/FT-How-we-work.pdf
Who do I contact? Friends of the Trail’s Lead Volunteer, Cathy Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-506-8139 or learn more at: https://www.sciotorun.org/friendsofthetrail
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