Another Successful Riverbank Clean-Up

By Matthew Williams
A handful of volunteers, armed with loppers and clippers and a mighty limb saw, took to the east bank of the Olentangy River on Saturday, September 11. They added about 70 yards to the progress already made in cleaning up the bank. The small but hearty group laid low a large amount of invasive honeysuckle along with a couple dozen small scrub trees (and possibly the mother of all poison ivy vines). Saturday’s event was a four-hour “chop-and-drop” session focused on cutting rather than removing.

Part III of this ongoing project is tentatively scheduled for October 2 and 3. We hope to welcome back the Sea Bees and their chipper. With their help, we plan to remove another hundred yards of damaged and invasive trees and brush and also clear out the material that was cut this past weekend.

Please plan to join us for our next volunteer opportunity at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 2. There will be plenty of hauling and toting work to do along with cutting. Work for a few hours, then pop over to the fundraiser at Katalina’s Café Corner for a shaved ice. If you can’t make Saturday, join us on Sunday instead. Then pat yourself on the back for helping to make Harrison Park a reality.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately for work near poison ivy and mosquitoes—long sleeves, long pants, gloves—and to bring loppers and clippers if they have them. Ropes will also be helpful for hauling cut  brush up from the steep bank.

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