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Heritage Park Workday Report June 2016

May 23, 2016

For our May 2016 workday we had four volunteers, and also an employee from Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Arts who provided valuable help as well.

Work done included work in four separate areas:  woods behind pavilion; new butterfly garden; original butterfly garden; and woods beyond the fern glen.  We removed invasive privet, autumn olive, and English ivy; and mulched, weeded, and installed a trellis for our new passionflower vine.  Weather was lovely with temps in the 80’s and sunny skies with a moderate breeze.

Plant doings included:  the oakleaf hydrangea at edge of parking lot was in full bloom and looking great.  Showy primrose in the original butterfly garden was still blooming.  All plants are now fully leafed out and in high gear.  Unfortunately, the privet is now in bloom too.

Three large trees (sweetgums and an oak) by the road that had been showing signs of severe stress at our last workday had been cut down, as well a large dead beech on the slope.  The trunks of the trees by the road had been taken away; but the beech was left where it fell, other than clearing its branches off the trail.  This is actually good forest management.  About 8-9 yr. ago an even larger beech fell in this spot in a winter storm and the parks system brought in earthmoving equipment and graded the area and dragged the cut sections (about 2-3 ft. in diameter) up the trail.  Fortunately the forest habitat recovered well from this trauma; but it is well that its equibrilium was not disturbed again.

Plans for next workday:  the boardwalk will be closed May 16-June 24 for repairs.  During this time work can continue in the woods around the pavilion, and perhaps on our section of trail before the boardwalk (although it presently is roped off).  Signs for the new butterfly garden can be made, as well.

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May 23, 2016
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