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Westmoreland Park is a big space, and it has local volunteers ready to keep it looking its best

DAVID F. ASHTON - Here, busy pulling weeds, are Friends of Westmoreland Park volunteers Robin and Mike Rodrigues, and Patti Farris. Members of the small group "Friends of Westmoreland Park" are ready to welcome more volunteers interested in improving the ecology at the historic local park.

"Our organization has been around for at least three years," remarked volunteer organizer Patti Farris, as she worked with the others.

While Westmoreland Park is tax-supported – being owned and operated by Portland Parks & Recreation – it still needs a little extra care, Farris said. "There isn't enough Parks Bureau staff to keep the invasive plants under control, such as blackberry and Read Canary Grass. If left to their own devices, these would quickly take over the entire park, leaving no room for the indigenous plants!

"Wildlife is adapted to native plants, and not these invasive species," Farris went on. "We want the wildlife to be here, so we need to do what we can support them,"

The group of neighbors don't yet have a website or any social media presence. "Just come on by Westmoreland Park on the last Tuesday of every month, between 10 a.m. until noon, and give our native plants here a chance to survive and thrive!"


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