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MLK Day of Service Tree Protection Workday at Buddy Attick Park


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On January 19, the City of Greenbelt Public Works in partnership with CHEARS celebrated MLK Day of Service by hosting a Tree Protection Workday in Buddy Attick Park. Volunteers protected slow-growth trees from beaver herbivory by placing protective wire caging around the base of trees. Also, volunteers manually removed English ivy to restore the woods at Buddy Attick Park. We could not have done it without Brian Townsend, City of Greenbelt Horticulturalist, for demonstrating the proper techniques and supplying us with materials. A total of about 70 trees were caged and over 100 trees were cleared of English ivy (where volunteers could reach). Thanks to all of the volunteers who served with us! We accomplished a lot with you!

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MLK Day of Service Tree Protection Workday at Buddy Attick Park

  1. 1. Tree Protection Workday in Buddy Attick Park MLK,Jr.DayofService Monday,January19 10:00am–1:00pm City of Greenbelt Department of Public Works in partnership with Chesapeake Education, Arts & Research Society (CHEARS) Greenbelt Forest Stewardship Project Providing knowledge and care of our remnant woods
  2. 2. Welcome! • Introductions • Erin Josephitis, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator • Brian Townsend, City of Greenbelt Horticulturalist • Volunteer Registration Forms
  3. 3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  4. 4. What is Public Works? Mission Statement • Public Works serves the community by preserving, maintaining and improving the city’s infrastructure and amenities. The department is focused on providing professional and personal response to the needs of citizens while maintaining Greenbelt as a unique and satisfying community in which to live and work.
  5. 5. What is CHEARS? CHesapeake Education Arts & Research Society Mission • To promote the health of all life in the Chesapeake Watershed through education and action projects organized and implemented by volunteers. • Founded in 2006 • Community driven environmental action projects
  6. 6. Beavers in Buddy Attick Park • American Beaver (Castor canadensis) • Length 50” • Weight 40-60 lbs., max. 70 lbs. • Largest member of the Rodent family in North America • Can stay underwater for up to 15 minutes • Eats soft inner layer (cambium) of many trees • Benefits ecosystems • Problems behind Greenbelt’s urban landscape • Parents live with kits and yearlings, but two year olds are staying around to help with kits and lodge maintenance
  7. 7. Protecting Trees from Beavers
  8. 8. Integrating G.I.S. with Tree Protection
  9. 9. English ivy • Origin: Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa • Widely planted due to its evergreen foliage and dependability as a year- round ground cover • One of the most abundant and insidious invasive plants • Infests natural habitats • Reservoir for bacterial leaf scorch (Xylella fastidiosa), a harmful plant pathogen Source:
  10. 10. English ivy Prevention & Control • DO NOT plant English ivy • Vines climbing up trees should be cut to kill upper portions and relieve the tree canopy • Portions rooted in the ground needs to be treated with herbicide or cut repeatedly • No biological control available for English ivy
  11. 11. Managing English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  12. 12. Before & After
  13. 13. Future Volunteer Opportunities • Tree Protection Volunteer • President Lincoln’s Birthday, Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 10 am – 1 pm • Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 16, 2015 from 10 am – 1 pm • Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10 am – 1 pm • G.I.S. Volunteer • Available on an individual basis • Email to set up a training date • Special Events Committee Volunteer • Earth Day Saturday, April 18, 2015 • Walk / Bike to School Day Wednesday, May 6, 2015 • Green Man Festival Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10, 2015
  14. 14. Thank you for serving with us!