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This beautiful little green space along Reedy Creek provides food and shelter to birds and other wildlife, is home to some native plants that are no longer common in the city, and helps protect water quality by acting like a sponge during rain events.  Sounds pretty important, doesn’t it?  The problem is that English ivy and other invasive plants are rampant in some areas and habitat is being destroyed.  That is why we need your help!

Please come help us remove ivy from the ground and from trees…

  • Sunday, February 18 from 1 – 4 p.m.  If you can only stay an hour, that’s OK.  Every hour counts.
  • Bring gloves and hand clippers.  An old screwdriver is sometimes helpful for removing ivy from trees; we will show you how.
  • We do ask that you bring your own water.
  • The temperature should be in the mid 50s and comfortable for working outside.

Map to meeting site

Bluberry flower CBR

Vaccinium species (blueberries for the birds) are found in some areas of Crooked Branch where English ivy has not yet covered the ground. 

 

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Three good reasons to join us on January 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. for an invasive removal project…

  • The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
  • You can help care for the earth right here in RVA.
  • A great opportunity to get outside; the temperature should be reasonably comfortable for this kind of work!

Only have an hour to spare?  That’s quite alright.  Every little bit helps.

Crooked Branch Ravine Park is at the end of Northrop Street where there is a path into the park.  MAP .  However, due to parking limitations on this street, we ask that you meet at the Stone House in Forest Hill Park and car pool over.  If you are arriving late, come on over to Northrop Street.  Bring gloves, pruners, and, if you have one, a small saw for cutting large ivy vines.

This event is being hosted by Reedy Creek Coalition, Friends of Forest Hill Park, the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities, and Councilmember Parker Agelasto’s 5th District office.

Please sign up at    https://www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0CA000000q5NBGMA2

hickory canopy

YOU CAN HELP THE CANOPY LIVE LONG AND PROSPER

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UPDATE:  Snow makes for wet gloves and cold hands and so, we have decided to reschedule the invasive removal project to next Sunday, Dec 17.  Hope you can come. ice in the creek 2

  • Please  join us on Sunday, December 17,  from 1 – 4 p.m.  Only have an hour to spare?  That’s quite alright.  Every little bit helps. 
  • We will meet at the end of Northrop Street where there is a path into the park.MAP
  • Bring gloves, pruners, and, if you have one, a small saw for cutting large ivy vines.
  • Cool weather is a great time for this kind of work.  Dress warm and join in the fun.

Here are just a few pictures of this lovely. little park.  Please help save the native plants of Crooked Branch Ravine.  Without your help them may be gone forever.

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Reedy Creek and a small tributary, Crooked Branch, flow through Crooked Branch Ravine Park.  This small, passive park is home to many native trees, shrubs, and perennials that could be lost to advancing invasive plant species, particularly English ivy and privet.  Reedy Creek Coalition will resume  our invasive removal efforts now that the weather is cooler.

  • Please  join us on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • We will meet at the end of Northrop Street where there is a path into the park.
  • Bring gloves, pruners, and, if you have one, a small saw for cutting large ivy vines.
  • Only have an hour to spare?  That’s quite alright.  Every little bit helps.  

The area where we will be working has oak, hickory, maple, black gum, fringe trees,  wintergreen, cranfly orchids, and other native species.  The diversity of species in just this small area speaks to the value of this park.

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This wintergreen will soon be overcome by English ivy. Please help save our native species!

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RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Join Reedy Creek Coalition and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for a rain barrel workshop on September, 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Westover Baptist Church.  Come home with a rain barrel.

Link for registration and information 

Rain Barrel Information

Adding a rain barrel to capture water from your roof can help improve water quality in our watershed.  Appropriate landscaping can help too.  The Yard Design Tool below will help you develop a plan for a rain garden or conservation landscape in your yard.

Yard Design Tool

The more rain barrels, rain gardens, conservation landscapes, and trees we have in our watershed, the better our water quality for ouselves and for aquatic life.   Every rain barrel, every landscape makes a difference.   Collectively, we can have a positive impact!

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This is why Reedy Creek Coalition supports the use of native species….

http://www.bringingnaturehome.net/gardening-for-life.html

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Reedy Creek kids (and maybe even their parents) may be interested in an event at Bryan Park.  This is from the Friends of Bryan Park website…

“Water quality is an important matter; not just for fish and ducks . . . . everyone needs access to clean, safe water. Learn how to diagnose the health of Bryan Park’s streams by sampling and identifying aquatic macro-invertebrates.  Meet at the Nature Center from 2-3:30 pm.”

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