January 20: Martin Luther King Day Restoration Celebration
Jan 20, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
|Where||Alton Baker Park|
|Contact Name||Erin Lamb|
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Help with Martin Luther King Day restoration work and oak tree planting in Alton Baker Park! Wear work clothes and bring a water bottle. Tools and gloves provided.
Where: Alton Baker Park, field across paved road from dog park.
Plant oaks and cut out invasive ivy/ blackberry with Nearby Nature, Walama Restoration Project and UO's Environmental Studies 202 class. Thanks to the City of Eugene for the oaks and putting woodchips near the site.
Together, we're working on making this area a Three Biomes Trail, a short trail that goes through three distinct biomes: Willamette Valley Riparian Forest, Willamette Valley Upland Prairie, and Oak Savannah. Wildflower Hollow, adopted by Nearby Nature and the focus of most of our invasives removal energy, is a gem of riparian forest with thousands of intact native plants, including a patch of chocolate lily, a beautiful threatened native lily that smells faintly of rotting meat and is fly pollinated. The Butterfly Meadow, Walama's project to change the grass field over to critically imperiled upland prairie, is a beautiful mosaic of native flowers and grasses that offers a variety of native nectar sources to local pollinators. The area that used to be the UO Hammerthrow field is currently open grass with a few oaks in it. We'll be scalping the grass back, then planting and mulching more of these slow-growing trees on Monday across the field. A mature oak tree can transpire 40,000 gallons of water per day!