Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Mar 10 2007 - Jones Falls Restoration Project (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Katie Stofer
Participants:Katie Stofer, Jason Dickey, Tracy Ward Wright, Nayeli Garcia, Colin Babb, Saki Saki, Jayme Hill, Brian Horst, Norma Broadwater, Gina Sutin, Jennifer Carey, Joe John, Stacy Murphy, Jessie Bernhofer

Write Up:
On March 10, 2007, the Maryland Outdoor Club teamed up with the Jones Falls Watershed Association (JFWA) for an invasive plant removal and trash clean-up at Wyman Park. This work was done in preparation for a tree planting event on May 12, 2007.

Work began at 0900. Katie, our event leader, coordinated with the folks from the JFWA, who directed us what to do. We were given gloves and tools and told to clear many of the wanted trees of unwanted vines. Dead trees were also cut down to make way for their replacements.

There were a few familiar faces and many new ones. I saw Joe who spent a few years working in the landscaping business. Professional experience is a great thing to have for a volunteer effort. I hadn't seen Joe or Katie since the Old Rag hike on June 4, 2006. Another familiar face was the club President, Colin. Colin shows why short sleeves may not be the best choice of clothing when working around thorny vines.

Many of us used some form of clipper for cutting vines and branches. A few of us used small chainsaws on a stick.

Some people picked up trash.

Norma and I spent much of our time hauling cut branches to an area where they would be taken away.

By noon, we had cleared the once overgrown area of unwanted vegetation and created quite an impressive pile of branches, vines, and logs to be sent to the wood chipper.

Participants from our club and members of the JFWA and park staff posed for a photo after a short but highly productive team effort.

Just one question, with all this community service, can I keep track of the hours I work and use them to get a lighter sentence when I commit my first crime? Just kidding.

-Saki Saki

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