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In addition to event Oct. 20, advocates call on homeowners to check for invasives

The Oregon City Parks Foundation (OCPF) is continuing its volunteer efforts, in partnership with SOLVE, to eradicate ivy in Waterboard Park on Saturday, Oct. 20.

A section of Waterboard Park prior to clearing of ivy by volunteers.Organizers say the public is already able to see a noticeable change in the park's landscape, thanks to a professional ivy spray contractor and the hard work of volunteers over the last year.

"It's good to see the park's geology beginning to peek through the thick tangled network of ivy," said OPCF member Dorothy (Didi) Dahlsrud. "However, we have a long way to go in halting the ivy spread, as it has had decades to get such a strong foothold in the park."

Volunteers are invited to join OCPF and SOLVE from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20, to help clear ivy from the base of the park's trees. Roger Fowler-Thias, OCPF foundation president encouraged locals to check their yards and neighborhoods for ivy growing vertically up trees and structures.

"Ivy needs to grow vertically in order to flower and produce fruit, which is then eaten by birds, who spread the ivy seeds" Fowler-Thias said.

A section of Waterboard Park after clearing of ivy by volunteers.For a simple and safe method to remove ivy from the trees without hurting yourself or damaging the tree bark, simply cut and remove the ivy vines two or three feet up from the base of the tree trunk. The ivy left on the tree above two feet will die and fall off, or birds will remove the dead vines for nesting material. For more information you can view a video at oregoncityparksfoundation.org.

"We would also suggest you clear the ivy on the ground, two or three feet away from the base of the tree," Fowler-Thias said.

Volunteers will be gathering by the old armory building, 204 John Adams St., Oregon City. Bring hand tools and dress for uneven terrain and weather. Some tools, gloves, snacks and coffee will be provided. For additional information, contact Roger Fowler-Thias at 503-650-2387, 503-686-4340 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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