Thursday, December 20, 2012

Help save Rock Creek Park's trees this Friday afternoon

Creek Rock Creek Park is one of DC's best resources, a huge natural area located just blocks from the neighborhood (I wrote about hiking in the park awhile ago, check it out!) It really is a great place, with streams, rocks to climb, bike, walking and hiking trails, historical spots like forts and old mills, playing fields and a lot more.

However, some of the trees in the park are threatened, but you can help keep them healthy by removing English ivy. Read on!
Join Rock Creek Conservancy volunteers and the National Park Service to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and will eventually weaken and kill the tree.  
Friday, December 21st, from 1:00 to 3:00  
This event will focus on the trees of Soapstone Valley, a beautiful section of Washington, DC's Rock Creek Park.   
Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. If you have hand clippers or loppers, feel free to bring them. Ages 16 and up. 
Dress and Pack:  Please dress for the weather, bugs, and thorns, by wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts that can get dirty. Dressing in layers is always the best option.  Wear sturdy boots or sneakers, no sandals. Bring a small backpack with water!  
Meeting Location: We will meet at the Rock Creek Park trail head on Albemarle Street NW, about 300 ft EASTof the Albemarle Street and Connecticut Avenue intersection. The site location is metro accessible, through the Van-Ness UDC Metro Stop (Red Line). 
Register at http://publicevents.force.com/Public_Event_Signup_Page?cid=70170000000MgmS
See you there!

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