Date of volunteer work: 10/29/2016.
Site Name: Mitchell Creek.
Number of hours worked: 3.
Species removed: blackberry, vinca, ivy.
Estimated percent cover before removal90.
Approximate square feet of invasives removed125.
Finally, a day without rain! Very pleasant afternoon. Maple leaves drifting down from the branches overhead while I worked looping blackberry canes. The ground was very saturated and I was able to uproot some of the canes as well. Two hours of looping and uprooting and the task of tackling the thicket was now completed.
I spent the next hour hauling tires out of the creek and stacking them on the roadside for RID to haul off. I used a large crowbar to drag the tires up the steep hillside – but it was a lot more strenuous than I had anticipated.
Mitchell Creek is frequently used by miscreants to dump their junk. Today, while hauling up tires, I discovered a most unusual item had been dumped in the creek. I won’t say what just yet because it is currently being investigated by the Portland police.
Frog pic taken June, 2015