Volunteers needed to help clean along Des Moines Creek on Saturday, April 23


Volunteers are needed to help clean along Des Moines Creek – in honor of Earth Day – on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. – Noon.

Did you know that Friends of Des Moines Creek and community volunteers have been removing ivy and other invasives and planting in the buffer for over 17 years? Although can really see a difference now, important work needs to continue. This event will focus on removing ivy* and Himalayan blackberry in Beach Park and the Des Moines Creek buffer.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Ivy removal project to improve the natural areas along Des Moines Creek. Learn techniques on how to manage your own ivy and the hazards of ivy on trees and structures. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2016: 9 a.m. – Noon.

WHERE: Meet in the north parking lot (upstream, over the car bridge, at the circular driveway). Please be on time, so we can discuss the work and start as a team.

BRING: Energy, work gloves, rubber boots that can get muddy, snacks and water. Please dress for the weather/work conditions. Bring rain pants and knee pads if you have them as much of the work requires bending over or kneeling to pull and dig ivy. Some people bring cardboard to kneel on. Tools will be provided, but please bring your favorite weeding tools. Please bring the following items if you have them: picks, Maddox’s, two-way saws, loppers, and crow bars as they’re especially helpful in ivy removal.

Children are welcome, under 12 with one-on-one adult supervision.

Please save the date, spread the word, and join in on this event!

RSVP: Please email [email protected] with “volunteer” in the subject line and note how many will be in your party for planning purposes.

“Thanks everyone! See you soon!”

*English ivy (Hedera helix) is a non-native, invasive, woody vine with waxy leaves that blankets the ground and clambers up trees. Its shallow root system and mat-forming nature provides little erosion control on slopes and outcompetes native vegetation for water and nutrients. English ivy crawls up trees and causes trees to rot, become top heavy and more prone to blow down.

Here are some references to freshen up your “fighting” energy against ivy:

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