The 2011 SW Bike Path restoration work party season will begin Saturday April 30 with a New Path Volunteer Orientation, starting at 10 am, at the prairie planting at the Glenway/Path intersection. Prospective and returning volunteers will receive an orientation to the current projects: the Prospect, Glenway Ave., and Odana Road sites. The introductory session will them review project history, goals and objectives, and work schedules for the season. Weather permitting, we might even get to work pulling garlic mustard and other seasonal pest species. The cool, wet spring has given these introduced weeds a head start on the natives.
Civic engagement projects like the SW bike path prairie plantings are organized and run by neighborhood members–and have an extra goal of enlisting watershed citizens to take an interest is, and ownership of, local environmental issues such as storm water, lake management, and prairie restoration.
The community restoration projects are also educational; they create an atmosphere in which people will work hard, have fun, develop plant identification skills, get up-to-date information about hot bird-watching spots, and exchange home gardening tips. For more information check out the DMNA web site calendar. Also, see Neighborhood-Based Restoration page for more information about similar projects.