From coordinators Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss: "Once again Boy Scout Troop 534 has helped us to make some significant progress in Ira B. Melton Park. This is the third service trip in our park and the 11 scouts and 7 parents managed to clear a lot of privet from two areas in the park. Team work allowed them to dig out some big roots. They also picked up several bags of trash that surfaced as the privet was removed. A big thank you to Troop 534 from Briarcliff United Methodist Church. Check out the photos here."
From acting president Gene Beck: This Saturday's Volunteer Day is being postponed until later this month when we will combine it with an Eagle Scout group who will be helping us to clean up the front of the preserve. We are going to chip the wood piles from the cut down invasive privet trees and storm damage. We will also be mulching the trails and doing some weeding of our native Polkweed (which despite its native plant status needs to cut back some) but birders don't worry we will leave plenty to feed the birds with it's berries. Hey, some of you birders need to come out and give us a hand on a workday too! More info to follow, thanks for supporting your local nature preserve which remember, does not receive any government funding or help and is supported only by volunteers and donations.
From commissioner Jeff Rader's office: Celebrate the opening of a new section of the South Peachtree Creek (PATH) trail, the completion of the Watershed Improvement Project at the old Decatur water works site, and the new Dog Park. Mason Mill Day at the Park was rescheduled from April 21 to May 5, 1 - 4 p.m. at Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033.
From local resident and County Greenspace manager Dave Butler: Valerie Boss and Marianne Skeen worked for about 2 hours on Friday [April 20] pulling up mahonia, privet, and ivy on the slope at the park. It was encouraging to find some nice native plants within the invaders and they also uncovered a beautiful green tree frog (I expect he’ll end up on our interpretive signage). Great work in a short time you two.
We are returning to the park this Saturday with county crews [4 or 5 individuals] to continue the work and we’ll be there from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM on the [South Peachtree Creek Trail] boardwalk [just beyond the metal bridge over the creek]. Please join us if you can work for an hour or two.
From Melton Park volunteer coordinator Valerie Boss: Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, April 28 from 9:30am-1pm. Join your neighbors and the boys scouts as we pick up trash, spread mulch and remove invasive plants. Please bring your own work gloves and water. Tools, such as shovels, loppers, and wheelbarrows, are always appreciated. Plastic bags for trash and recycling will be supplied.
From Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve acting President Gene Beck: Saturday April 14 from 9 to 12 is our annual Earth Day clean-up at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Come join us and see the progress being made on our new kiosk and invasive plant removal through out the preserve. Do you have a wheel barrel… Please bring it as we have to mulch lots of trails! Can't volunteer this Saturday... but can help at other times? Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch to use your help.
From Carol Hayes via Civic Association Network, Apr 4, 2012, in response to an inquiry about the recent darkening of the waters: "it has a lot to do with the break down of organic material. The tannin in leaves and pollen can change the color of the water. Another scary event is when rust algae occurs; it looks like an orange slime. It occurs more in warm slow moving creeks."
Carol Hayes, Chair
Burnt Fork Watershed Alliance
And some extras. Photos taken Sunday, March 24, 2012, and Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Mason Mill Park by CHCA board members Tim and Catherine. Click "Link" in lower right of each frame to see larger size on Flickr.
From local resident and Ira B Melton Park project coordinator Valerie Boss: Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30-11:30 AM. Have a little time free on the holiday weekend? Want to burn off those chocolate bunnies and macaroons? Join your neighbors at the park as we pick up trash, maintain the trail, and remove invasive plants. Please bring work gloves, water, and shovels and/or loppers.
Reminder from the Civic Association Network Newsletter: The walks are at 10 am on the last Saturday of the month at 4150 Briarcliff Road (just north of the intersection with Shallowford Road.) Walks are FREE, offered rain or shine, and last approximately one hour in length.