Hello Greenbelt Fans,

You have an opportunity to join a large improvement effort on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Saturday, June 6, to celebrate National Trails Day. Our Greenbelt Guardians volunteers will be working at our adopted Gus Fruh trail, 2646 Barton Hills Drive, from 8:30 – 12:30. We will be weeding the entry trail, continuing work on the stone retaining wall by the swimming hole, removing the invasive ligustrum and nandina along the creek trail, and forming windrows for erosion management. We’ll also clean up trash. We can keep at least 30 volunteers productively busy!

There will also be lots of other trail improvement activities at the 360 access to Barton Creek, to mark the first phase of the “Walk-for-a-Day Trail” that envisions connecting trails all the way from Austin to Kyle. The trail heading south out of Austin will branch off of the Barton Creek trail system between the 360 and Mopac/Twin Falls access points.

This National Trails Day Service Project is a joint conservation effort made possible through a partnership of American YouthWork’s Environmental Corps, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Parks Foundation, the Hill Country Conservancy, and Austin-area REI stores. The Greenbelt Guardians, Central Texas Trail Tamers, Central Texas Mountaineers, and Austin Ridge Riders are joining the effort by providing project leaders and helping with the recruiting.

There will be generous rewards for your volunteer efforts! From 12:30 – 2:00 there will be a ribbon cutting and celebration PARTY at Zilker Park, with parking at the Polo Fields. A picnic style lunch will be provided by the Salt Lick, plus there will be music, beer, free t-shirts, and free swimming all day at Barton Springs.

So come put in some productive sweat equity, and then party, eat and swim with other dedicated, green-loving people at Zilker Park and Barton Springs!

To register to work with the Greenbelt Guardians at Gus Fruh, please RSVP to this email, AND sign up on the Austin Parks Foundation Website page (required to get an entry wristband for the Zilker party celebration). The web address for registration is: http://www.austinparks.org. Sign up under the heading Volunteer Opportunities for National Trails Day, June 6, 2009 for the project described as “Wall Building, Trail Work and Invasives Removal at Gus Fruh with the Greenbelt Guardians”.

We’ll look forward to seeing you there,

Glee Ingram

Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator