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Oregon City Parks Foundation, NCPRD efforts to forge partnership with No Ivy League

COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon City Parks Foundation member Lisa Novak clears tree of English ivy in Waterboard Park last spring.The Oregon City Parks Foundation and North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District will team with the No Ivy League to control invasive English ivy this Saturday, Oct. 26.

Foundation volunteers have been battling English ivy in the 20-acre Waterboard Park for three years.

"Unfortunately, the ivy has had decades to get a foothold and covers many of the trees in the parks' protected tree canopy," said Roger Fowler-Thias, foundation president. "To date, OCPF has cleared over 400 trees in this park by removing the ivy from around the tree bases and up 2 or 3 feet on the tree trunks.

Ivy above the cleared tree trunks is left to die over time, and larger birds often will pick the dead ivy vine off the trees for nesting material.

The events run from 9 a.m.-noon at Waterboard Park, Spring Park and Elk Rock Island. Meet in Oregon City at 204 John Adams St., or in Milwaukie at Southeast Sparrow Street and Southeast 19th Avenue; all materials provided. Interested volunteers can call 503-650-2387 or visit NCPRD.com/nature-volunteer for more information.


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