See also High Park Stewards
Fall Volunteer Stewardship Sessions:
Oct. 10: Seed Collecting for Next Year's Restoration Projects
Also see Grasses & Sedges for info on native grasses
Oct. 24: Invasive Species Removal - Buckthorn Busting.
Urban Forestry has done the Oriental Bittersweet removal that we had planned for this session and has need of our great skills as Buckthorn Busters. It's a great way to reduce stress and meet people and the difference made is amazing.
This highly invasive shrub forms dense even-aged thickets that often cause an overall reduction in the establishment of shade tolerant native shrubs and herbs. It rapidly produces seeds early in the season that are highly viable and germinate quickly.
Nov. 14: Invasive Species Control - European Buckthorn More info on Buckthorn:
European Buckthorn Invasives website
European Buckthorn (pdf)
Common buckthorn is a deciduous shrub or small tree that can grow to 25 ft. (7.6 m) in height. The bark is dark gray and speckled and the inner bark is orange. Twigs are usually tipped with a sharp spine. The leaf arrangement is usually subopposite, but examples of opposite and/or alternate arrangements are commonly found. Leaves are dark green, oval, 1.5 to 3 in. (3.8-7.6 cm) long, slightly serrate with 3 to 4 pairs of curving veins and a somewhat folded tip. Both Glossy and European Buckthorn are our targets.
Nov. 28: End of year European Buckthorn Removal and Pot-Luck Lunch
We will have one last whack at the buckthorn from 10:30 to 12:30 (meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant) then for those who wish to participate in the end-of-year pot-luck lunch, we will go to the Greenhouse where we can share food, photos and celebrate our work in the park. If you bring food, please make sure that it won't spoil for the few hours we will be working and it is preferable if it doesn't need heating up as there is only one small microwave. This just requires a bit more inventiveness.
An RSVP for the pot-luck portion will help give us an idea of how many people are interested in attending. Email email@example.com or respond to the invitation that has been sent to our email list. See the full Invitation for more details or if you did not receive the invitation.
More references: Oriental Bittersweet Invasives website