Earth Day and Volunteerism are two of the best environmental ideas ever. When these ideas come together in a neighborhood restoration project, the results are remarkable. This fact was brought home yet again on Saturday April 21 when Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) resident/volunteers and project regulars pulled garlic mustard from the Glenway Restoration Project site and replaced the weed with native wildflowers in the project’s new woodland garden.
Sandy Stark, DMNA SW Bike Path chair said, “we had a great Earth Day Weekend crew pulling tons of GM and then planting more Mayapples and trout lilies.” The native wildflowers were donated by some of the volunteers themselves who grew the plants in their own yards and gardens.
Sandy continued, “We focused more on the south side of the path this time because one of the yards is loaded with invasives and the seeds blow over into the area we’re still rehabbing. By the time we’re done we hope to have another attractive native woodland garden in there.”
This is the fifth year of the community and neighborhood-based restoration project. Even though a small group of volunteers plan, carry out, and manage the restoration project, their work has wide community encouragement, and receives planning, funding, and logistical support from partners such as Friends of Lake Wingra (FOLW), Madison Gas & Electric (MG & E) and the City of Madison Engineering Department.
Especially important to the success of the project is the logistical support it receives from City of Madison Engineering department, whose workers pick up the many stacks of brush and huge piles of trash bags filled with garlic mustard that volunteers stack on the “terrace” each week. These crews and their supervisors deserve a great big thank you!