Oregon City Parks Foundation calling for volunteers to gather 8:30 a.m. this Saturday at Oregon City Armory

The Oregon City Parks Foundation is calling for volunteers to gather 8:30 a.m. this Saturday at the Oregon City Armory for a cleanup of Waterboard Park, followed by a history program commemorating PHOTO COURTESY: ROGER FOWLER-THIAS - Oregon City Parks Foundation members Bryon Boyce and Lisa Novak clear ivy from the base of a tree at Waterboard Park.19th-century naturalist David Douglas.

Refreshments will be served, and the work is expected to conclude at noon.

"Nearly four 30-yard dumpsters of invasive ivy have been removed over the last nine months, and we are very impressed with the work of the community," said Roger Fowler-Thias, foundation president. "Our focus will be to continue removing ivy 2 feet up from the base of as many trees as possible. This method will allow the remaining ivy on the tree to slowly die without injuring the tree bark."

After the annual Great Ivy Pull event, participants will have a chance to hear a new natural history program commemorating Douglas' work in the Northwest collecting, identifying and shipping specimens, as told by naturalists Jerry Herrmann and Bryon Boyce.

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