Greenbelt Fans,

We hope you will join us for our next workday on Saturday June 2, from 8-Noon, to do some important tasks on the Gus Fruh portion of the greenbelt. We will meet at 8:00 sharp at the Gus Fruh entry at 2642 Barton Hills Drive for sign-in, breakfast tacos, a group photo, and task orientation. We are planning some important trail repair and resurfacing work, retaining wall construction, and invasives removal and monitoring. We’ll also do some weeding, edging, and pruning in the front entry area. We will need lots of hands to help, and hope that you will be able to join us to assist.

There are lots of enticements: Maria’s tacos for breakfast, lush beauty on the trails due to the spring rains, camaraderie with other greenbelt lovers, AND a lunch party afterwards outside Barton Springs, sponsored by the Hill Country Conservancy. This work day celebrates National Trails Day, and numerous other volunteer groups will be working on other areas of the greenbelt. The Austin Parks Foundation is providing the overall organization and registration for the various volunteer groups.

To volunteer with us at Gus Fruh, please RSVP directly to this address so that we get an accurate count for our planning, and ALSO register on the Austin Parks Foundation web site so they can accurately plan for the overall event and after-party food and drinks. Thank you!

We’re looking forward to a great work day and hope to see you there!

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator
(512) 441-3278
gleeful@earthlink.net
http://greenbeltguardians.org

 

It’s My Park Day Saturday, March 3


Dear Greenbelt Lovers,

This year’s annual citywide It’s My Park Day event, sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday March 3, 2012. As usual, the BHNA Greenbelt Guardians will be participating, working at both the Gus Fruh and Homedale entries to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. You can participate at the site of your choice, and we will provide tasks, team leaders, tools, and refreshments at each site.

Work projects at both sites will include lots of invasive plant removal activities, some minor trail repairs and maintenance, possibly some rock work, and, as always, picking up cans, bottles, and other trash. There will be suitable tasks for all ages and skill levels. Kids with adult supervision are welcome.

Please RSVP by both replying to this message, and also registering online at the Austin Parks Foundation website at www.austinparks.org. Click on the link for It’s My Park Day volunteer registration, and then use the search tools on that page to find our events. They are listed as: Greenbelt Guardians: Homedale Entry at Barton Creek and Greenbelt Guardians: Gus Fruh Entry at Barton Creek. If you search by park name, they’re both under Barton Creek Greenbelt East. You can also just click on Show All and scroll through the list.

NOTE: be sure to register online if you want to receive a t-shirt!

The work day is from 9:00 – 1:00, and as usual we’ll start the morning off with breakfast tacos before getting to work. Snacks will be provided throughout the day. We’ll send out more details next week to everyone who registers. There’s plenty to do, so we’re hoping for a good turnout and are looking forward to seeing everyone, both veterans and newcomers!

Thanks,

Glee Ingram and Stan Ostrum
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinators

 

GREENBELT GUARDIANS WORK DAY: SATURDAY, 9/24, GUS FRUH & HOMEDALE TRAILS, 9-NOON

Neighbors,

I wanted to confirm that we will be working at both the Gus Fruh trail area and the Homedale trail area this coming Saturday, which is National Public Lands Day. We’re part of a much larger effort being organized through the Austin Parks Foundation to do work at the Homedale and Spyglass areas, and along the main trail from Spyglass entry upstream to the Gus Fruh trail. A lot of the emphasis will be on invasives removal, now that the nesting birds have completed their mission. At Gus Fruh, the rock wall work will also continue. We will also do some minor trail repairs and clean-up.

In preparation for this work day, John Cook, PARD’s Barton Creek Greenbelt manager, met with a fire safety expert to get advice on how to best safely manage our work during this severe drought with accentuated fire hazards. Many trees are desiccated and dying from lack of water. John asked about the safety of our practice of creating windrows to deal with the large amounts of biomass produced by cutting down the large invasive trees. The advisor said that as long as the windrows are packed tight, close to the ground, and with minimal air flow potential, they are a practical and safe solution. He said it is safer to cut them down than to leave them standing with their dried leaves, which can act a bit like roman candles, sending the flames upward into the canopies. In working with smaller stems, limbs, and canes, he advised defoliating them and splitting the forks, and scattering them about on the ground to decompose rapidly. Where we can do so, he supported our efforts to chip the trunks and large limbs into mulch and spread it near the cleared area. It was reassuring to hear his positive assessment of our practices.

For this work day, we will have help from E-Corps and some of our experienced volunteers in using chainsaws to remove large invasive trees, and we will have volunteers working alongside them to immediately form tight windrows. We will also be hauling some of the large trunks and dried wood to the main trail near Spyglass to stockpile for chipping later next week. The chipped wood/mulch will decompose more rapidly and when it is spread, will help hold moisture in the soil (whenever we get it!) and reduce soil temperatures.

In the spirit of fire preparedness, we would like to invite our neighbors who back up to or live near the greenbelt to work in their own backyards or adjacent greenbelt areas this Saturday to clear out deadwood and reduce the risk of fire. The City picks up yard waste every week if it is left at the curbside, either in tied bundles or in trash cans. If you RSVP here, we will add you to our workday list and you can sign in at the Gus Fruh trail entry between 8:30 and 9:00, enjoy a breakfast taco and the group camaraderie, then return to your yard to do your own clearing work. If you need to borrow some tools, let us know right away, so we can have them available for you at the trailhead.

REGISTER for National Public Lands Day projects at the Barton Creek Greenbelt

We’re looking forward to another good work day, and thank you for your support!

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator
(512) 443-7522
gleeful@earthlink.net

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