Walnut Woods Forest Restoration - Civic Gardens

February 03, 2021 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Organization: Civic Garden Center & Cincinnati Parks

Walnut Woods

"Treeforestation" Project

Cincinnati Parks, the Civic Garden Center, and Walnut Hills High School students are collaborating on a large habitat restoration project located on park property in front of the high school. This is a long term project with an end goal of controlling invasive plant species, planting native plants, creating nature trails, and establishing a designated space for environmental education and research within the community. Walnut Hills students hope to eventually use the space as an outdoor land lab, as this woods is located just steps from the main entrance to their school!

This "Treeforestation" project is located on the acre of land located between Victory Parkway & Sulsar Avenue - just in front of Walnut Hills School.

Volunteers should be prepared for the weather (lightweight clothing) and wear long pants and long sleeves to protect against thorns and possible poison ivy encounters. Close-toed shoes are required. Suggested: Face covering, work gloves (if you own them) and a refillable water bottle. There will be work gloves available to borrow and a water cooler will be provided on site for volunteers to refill bottles. Cincinnati Parks discourages single - use plastics.

Regarding Covid-19:

In efforts to stop the spread, for the safety of our staff, volunteers and community please consider the following guidelines:

If your temperature is higher than 100.4 within four hours of the project, please do not attend. Notify Christyl @ 513.240.5735 so staff can be updated.

Do not participate if you or someone in your home is symptomatic (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), or if someone you’ve come into close contact with is under investigation or diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Please use face covering and practice social distancing at all times while on the site.

Please use gloves at all times to handle the tools and equipment.

Schedule 2021

Monday, January 18, 1pm - 4pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (English Ivy & Euonymus) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and hands and hand tools to remove ivy, pitchforks to load mulch into wheelbarrows and hard rakes to distribute.

Saturday, February 27, 9am -12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal & planting. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back honeysuckle, repot/plant seedlings and cage unprotected saplings throughout.

Saturday, April 3, 9am -12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (English Ivy & Euonymus) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and hands and hand tools to remove ivy, pitchforks to load mulch into wheelbarrows and hard rakes to distribute.

Saturday, April 24, 9am - 12pm Work will focus on planting tree saplings and some invasive species removal. Volunteers will use hand tools and shovels to plant saplings, loppers & hand tools to cut back honeysuckle.

Saturday, May 15, 9am - 12-pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (Honeysuckle & ground cover) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back brush.

Saturday, June 19, 9am - 12pm Work will focus on invasive species removal (Honeysuckle & ground cover) and rerouting & mulching trail. Volunteers will use loppers and handsaws to cut back brush.

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