StewardshipFoRVNA is the official Stewardship Partner with Portland Parks & Recreation (Aka City Nature West). You can read the Agreement [HERE].
Stewardship EventsThe four 2017 Stewardship events will be held on Jan 14, April 1, July 8, and on October's No Ivy Day. Mark your calendars!
Our Next Stewardship EventSaturday, July 8, 2017 — 9am-Noon — Trail Maintenance and Fence Installation.
The current city-wide stewardship calendar is [HERE].
Past Stewardship EventsMany Ivy Pulls, Plantings, and cleanups were held prior to FoRVNA formation. We don't have a list of them here yet. This page is a list going back in time.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 — 9am-Noon — Native Plantings and Trail MaintenanceNo report or photos yet!
Saturday, March 11, 2017 — Native PlantingWe had a good turn out, some directly from PP&R website, some via SOLV site, and a group of students from L&C College. Nick Sweeney & Son from South Burlingame was there, as were a number of family/kid teams. Before we even set out, a Kinglet was spotted just inside the natural area!
This is how a 'planting' works — staff had already placed hundreds of colored flags in the area to be planted. Volunteers took a bunch of root stock from bags that had been brought to the site.
Each bag had a colored flag. We were given instructions for handling and planting, and went to work! We also removed English Ivy near the flag, and removed whatever human junk we found. The ivy was hand twisted, and left to decay.
We planted 450 root stock natives, 5 varieties: including elderberry, snowberry, ?, ?, ... Root stock is like sticks with some roots on one end and buds on the other half! We planted an additional 200 potted plants called 'Fringe Cup'.
It was a muddy Saturday morning, but the sky did not rain on us much. Good Fun!
Saturday, January 14, 2017 — Native PlantingCancelled due to snow and ice!
Saturday, October 29, 2016 — No Ivy DayIvy Pull...
People may think of an IVY PULL as pulling Ivy down from trees but that is not the case. There are two things done with Ivy. First, it's most important to cut ivy vines at the base of all trees and remove the ivy roots from the ground. The sky-high ivy will cease 'fruiting' (birds spread ivy berries!) and start to wither. Once the huge vines are under control, the next (on-going) effort is to pull up little Ivy starts (that arise from ivy roots infesting the ground, never quite completely removed, and from berries dropped by birds coming in from ivy outside the natural area. (The city also sprays for ivy at certain times.) Visit NoIvyLeague.com for more about this program.
The Event this year, was pulling up little ivys, lopping them into pieces to aid decomposition. We always pick up trash and old stuff (Tires, shoes!) found in the work area.
At the end of the ivy pull, the group broadcast a native seed mix.. more valuable per pound than gold, we were told!