Since RFH Roots & Shoots adopted Evergreen Park in 2010, we’ve completed a number of successful invasive blackberry removals. Last summer, 2013, we really started to better focus our efforts in the woods, opening our events to more of the community and broadening our range of projects to include trail maintenance and planting trees and shrubs to replace the removed blackberry. This past April, we had two events at Evergreen Park, both of which were huge successes!
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On the 19th, we held an event for a local Boy Scout troop, engaging about a dozen volunteers for six hours, removing over a truckload of blackberry and planting about 100 native trees and shrubs. Although the weather that day was a turbulent mix of rain, wind, and sun, the cover of the forest protected us from the elements, enabling us to comfortably complete the event. Thanks, guys, your enthusiasm was awesome!
On April 26th, in conjunction with SOLVE‘s 25th annual sate-wide Solve It Earth Day event, over 70 volunteers of all ages joined us for four hours, planting 100 trees and shrubs and removing two truckloads of blackberry! We spread out over four locations, extending our reach from removing new sprouts in the front to the untouched hedges in the back of the woods. Because we had so many volunteers, we were also able to remove three bags of debris and mulch the trails closest to the woods’ main trailhead. We’d like to thank our partners at SOLVE (with special thanks to Melissa and Adrienne) and the City of Hillsboro, as well the individual volunteers and groups from Genentech, Cub Scout Packs 195 & 527, and the City of Hillsboro’s Team of Recreational Youth (TRY) who came out to volunteer in the woods. This event was our most successful effort yet in the woods of Evergreen Park thanks to all of these groups and many more individuals who volunteered!
These volunteer events have added such great memories to our adoption of Evergreen Park. There was phenomenal enthusiasm among volunteers of all ages as the removed blackberry piled up and we discovered wonders of the woods such as newts, worms, snakes, and an abandoned robin’s nest, as well as the trash that was discovered under the thicket of blackberry, like a manikin head named “Hairy Mitch” by the volunteers. The difference in the woods from before to after these events is remarkably visible, and would not have been possible without such passionate and efficient volunteers — thank you!
Are you interested in volunteering with us at Evergreen Park as an individual or group? Our next event is happening on May 11th as part of the annual Yale Day of Service, when the university’s alumni around the world gather to celebrate a tradition of service. Additional summer event dates are coming soon! For updates, visit our event calendar, like us on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for updates by email.
UPDATE:We’ve now scheduled our summer events at Evergreen Park! We would love to see you at our upcoming events on June 28th, July 26th, and August 23rd!