Spring workday: Saturday February 26, 2022 at Gus Fruh
Our spring workday is scheduled for Saturday February 26th, 2022 from 9:00 until noon at the Gus Fruh entrance. Once again, we're working a week before APF's spring It's My Park Day event on March 05 in order to do invasives removal before the March 01 cutoff date that marks the start of golden-cheeked warbler nesting season.
Workday Report: Saturday Nov 06, 2021 - It's My Park Day
The Greenbelt Guardians returned from an 18 month break by participating in the Austin Parks Foundation's city-wide It's My Park Day - Fall event on Saturday Nov. 06 with workdays at both of the greenbelt entries in our neighborhood. Collins Van Nort led 20 volunteers at Homdale, and they removed lots of invasive nandina and ligustrum plants along the creek upstream from the entry. I led 13 volunteers at Gus Fruh, and we did trail repairs and replaced some fencing along the switchback entry. In total, we contributed 106 hours of volunteer labor!
Check out photos from our workday here. My wife Robbin was our photographer and she took some good ones.
Thanks again to all of the great volunteers who joined us on Saturday. Everybody worked hard and we got a lot done. The weather was perfect, there's water in the creek now, and it was a really nice day to be out on the greenbelt working again.
Thanks also to our partners at Parks and Rec and the Austin Parks Foundation for all of their support and guidance.
We have some deferred maintenance to catch up on, so I hope to get another workday scheduled again in January. In the meantime, see you on the trail! -Stan
We're Back! Fall 2021 Update
Upcoming workdays at Gus Fruh AND Homedale for It's My Park Day - Fall
Saturday Nov 6th, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register for the Gus Fruh project here and the Homedale project here.
Projects are limited to 25 participants, so please sign up soon to secure a spot.
Due to COVID restrictions, we haven't been able to hold a workday since February of last year. Now that things have eased up a little, we're coming out of hibernation with a double-header for the Austin Parks Foundation's It's My Park Day - Fall event on Saturday November 06, 2021.
We'll be working at both the Gus Fruh AND Homedale entrances from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Collins Van Nort will lead the Homedale project and focus on invasive plant removal. Stan Ostrum will be leading the project at Gus Fruh focusing on trail maintenance.
Please note that these are 2 separate projects, each with a limit of 25 participants. Sign up soon to reserve your spot. Since space is limited though, please don't register until you're certain you're coming and be sure to let us know if you need to cancel.
Registration is open now!
For more information and to register for the Gus Fruh project, please go here.
For more information and to register for the Homedale project, please go here
Thanks in advance to those of you who volunteer, we look forward to seeing you soon!
In other news:
Glee Ingram, who started the Greenbelt Guardians in 2003 and has been overseeing our activities ever since, recently announced that she's now officially retired from active duty. It's been Stan Ostrum's privilege and pleasure to be her assistant for all these years, so he'll be carrying on as coordinator, Glee will become founder and coordinator emeritus, and we'll be looking for one or more new assistants to take on a formal role in keeping the Greenbelt Guardians going. Please let me know if you're interested.
Our website at www.greenbeltguardians.org has been updated for the first time in a while. We still need to upload the photos from a couple of previous workdays, but everything else should be up to date now including information on the upcoming projects.
The Austin Parks Foundation notified us last week that contract invasive species removal work with the Texas Conservation Corps would be resuming on the Barton Creek Greenbelt in January. We have almost $40K in our TCEQ SEP account that is dedicated to this work, so we'll coordinate with APF and TXCC to schedule and fund another project as soon as possible.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years in one way or another, we wouldn't still be here without you!
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