ACFL Pulling Party

One of the big assets Anacortes and Fidalgo Island have going for it is the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. There are enough trails too keep even a long time resident exploring. These days, I find myself out on hikes in the forest lands at least 4 times a week. I'm so grateful for the commitment to preservation of these lands for everyone to enjoy.

Since I spend so much time out enjoying the forests, it is only fair that I pitch in a little. I've known about the monthly work parties for some time, but until now, I haven't been able to find time to go join in. Today's work party happened to coincide with the most beautiful winter day (although it almost feels like spring). About 8-10 people showed up at Little Cranberry lake to pull non-native invasive plants.

After a little lesson in which are keepers and which need to get the kibosh, it was off into the forest. I spent an hour pulling english ivy and an hour pulling daphne. While my own feeling regarding non-native plants are not strong, it was great to learn how to identify them and a little about their history around this area.

The next work party is on March 10th at Whistle Lake at 10:00am. I had so much fun this time, I hope to make it to the next one as well.
Saturday February 10 2007File under: events

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on Sun 11th Feb, 2007 05:54 pm UTC Emily said:
Down with the english ivy!!! If you see Denise Crow at the next event -local leader in Env. Educator- holler out a great big HI from me.
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on Mon 12th Feb, 2007 02:44 am UTC amanda said:
i love hiking Little Cranberry. thanks for helping to maintain her! next time i hike though, i think i'm taking a chainsaw with me...
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on Tue 13th Feb, 2007 01:10 am UTC cardboard said:
Oi strong work wren, that daphne spurge is super fullfilling to pull as its easy and you get the tap root everytime and its super terrible plant. Theres nothing quiet like grabbing ivy seedlings tho, the real bain is holy tho as its hard to kill without using some juice and birds eat its fruit which makes for large dispersal area. Noxious weeds rock my world.
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