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THE SUN BLESSED OUR 14TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY APRIL 27TH

THE SUN BLESSED OUR 14TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY APRIL 27TH

Despite gloomy forecasts for rain, we had sun all morning for the 75 volunteers who came out to remove invasive laurel, holly, ivy, and blackberry on a lovely spring Saturday. We worked out of a pasture that backs up to the northeast corner of the park, an area with heavy laurel and ivy infestations. Volunteers removed ALL of a huge ivy patch and all the above-ground trunks, branches and leaves of the laurel. A few volunteers took a shot at removing the incredibly tough stumps and roots of the laurel with a tractor and chains. We got a few stumps, but many more will have to be dealt with later. We loaded up a dumpster donated by PACIFIC TOPSOILS, which also will removed the material for composting later.

Two Girl Scout troops and one Cub Scout pack turned out to help, and they did some real work! One troop planted a few native shrubs where the ivy was removed. Plus, we had some high-schoolers volunteering to get community service credit and other individuals and families. Volunteers were rewarded with a free pizza lunch in the picnic area of the park. Our weather karma held for lunch, but just as we finished, lunch, a bit of rain fell. All in all, a very successful event to celebrate Earth Day. Many thanks to all our marvelous volunteers, to Pacific Topsoils for the dumpster, and to our other sponsors for our 2019 events and programs.