A very small sample of the trash scavenged from the creek
We held our annual creek clean-up on Saturday, April 14. About 115 volunteers came out on a beautiful spring morning to scour three miles of streambank for trash washed down from the upper watershed by the twin tropical storm floods we experienced last August and September.
The clean-up is our organization's biggest annual event in terms of attendance, but 115 volunteers is a smaller group than we usually attract. It's a two edged sword, though; on the one hand fewer volunteers means that we collect a smaller volume of trash, while on the other hand, a smaller group is much easier to manage. Actually, the trash-per-volunteer ratio seemed just about right this year.
Kali with a full load
On another front, my land stewardship staff has purchased four goats that we will use to clear invasive, non-native plants and underbrush. The goats have been on site since last Monday (April 9) and are getting used to their surroundings. They'll be set out into the field today to begin eating their way through multiflora rose, Asian bittersweet, and porcelainberry. Kali has named them Mustard (for garlic mustard), Rosie (for multiflora rose), Honeysuckle (for Japanese honeysuckle) and Babe (because this goat is especially affectionate). Stay tuned for updates.
Rosie (top) and Honeysuckle