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River Bank Clean-Up, Part IV

By Matthew Williams

Tim Bledsoe collecting grapevine for the chipper.

We made good headway cleaning up the river bank along the southern half of Harrison Park on October 2 and 3. The Olentangy River is now visible along most of the park property. Work remains to be done, however, and so the Harrison West Society will be holding our fourth River Bank Clean-Up on Saturday, November 6 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

We’ll be felling invasive and unhealthy trees and brush and removing brush that has already been cut but not yet hauled away. We’ll need lots of hands, but none of the work will be too difficult.

Meet us in the brush at 8 a.m. on Saturday, but remember to wear clothing that covers you fully, including gloves and boots. We’ve removed a lot of the poison ivy, but patches remain. And its likely to be chilly at the start of the day. Bring tools if you have them—ropes, clippers, loppers, limb saws, and rakes will all be useful.

Despite being hard work, the clean-up really has been fun: Hanging out with friends and neighbors, the satisfaction of getting your hands dirty to improve your neighborhood, and the immediate gratification of suddenly being able to see the beautiful Olentangy. If you haven’t had a chance to join in the fun, plan to lend a hand on November 6. At the rate we’re going, only a few opportunities like this one remain!

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