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Carey Salisbury is a Gladstone resident. Contact her group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gladstone Nature Park is continuing to evolve as a great little place to be, thanks to the donors and volunteers who've helped by sending in donations or continuing to remove the invasive species, especially recently the ones that have lined the park on the Webster and Oatfield roadsides. The nonprofit volunteer group, the Friends of Gladstone Nature Park (FOGNAP), would like to thank all those who've given their donations or service to improving the park, and I'm sure people who use the park would like to thank you as well!

So what's next in the line up for improvements? How will donations be used? I am a member of FOGNAP and we meet once a month to set, prioritize and work on goals.

Your donations have really helped. One of FOGNAP's longtime goals has been to get a portable toilet for the park and we have finally been able to get one. Around the first of April the city of Gladstone will install one that will be open during the warm months. Other goals we have are to improve the parking area and the dog station, add plant identification and park signs, and add wheelchair access and more benches. We'd also like to see water and power added to the park as well as find ways to keep invasive species from returning. Whether or not all these tasks get accomplished depends on the amount of resources, donations and volunteer help we receive. The more help we get, the faster the transformation will be into a more natural habitat for birds and animals, and into a welcoming place for recreational and educational activities.

With these improvements we are looking to offer community events that involve the arts, music, nature talks and walks, and family-friendly activities. One such event is already scheduled for April 27 when we will host our annual Arbor Day Celebration. There will be a plant and art sale, food, music, vendor booths to visit and activities for the kids. If you'd like to sell or contribute your art or plants for this event you may contact us by the email address below.

We greatly appreciate your help. If you're interested in making a donation to improve the park you may send a check. To volunteer you can email or visit our website or just show up on our work party days 9 a.m.-noon on the last Saturday of every month. You show up and help, and we provide the coffee, donuts and a fun time! Gloves and tools are also provided.

Carey Salisbury is a Gladstone resident. Contact her group at friendsof

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Once a bluff filled with a tall thicket of invasive Himalayan blackberry and scotch broom, it is now a cleared area with open views. David Michael, a Gladstone resident and volunteer with Friends of Gladstone Nature Park, has taken weekly visits this year through the winter to clip and rake out the invasives.

Help the park

Volunteer: the last Saturday of every month

Feb. 23, work party

9 a.m.-noon

March 30, work party

9 a.m.-noon

April 27, Arbor Day Celebration

10 a.m.-2 p.m., plant sale until late afternoon

Email: friendsofglastone

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Website: protecttheparks.org

Donate: Friends of Gladstone Nature Park, PO Box 711, Gladstone OR 97027.

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