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    It's My Park! Day: March 7, 2009

    It's My Park! Day: March 7, 2009

    Itís My Park! Day is an annual city-wide, community service day focused on improvements to Austinís park system. Individuals and community groups lead projects ranging from simple cleaning and repair to trail building and playground installation. Last year nearly 1600 volunteers helped improve over 40 Austin-area parks.

    We'll be doing a project on the Barton Creek Greenbelt to accomplish the following:

    - Small Invasive species removal, with a focus on Ligustrum and Nandina.
    - Larger invasive trees removal if resources allow.
    - Limb trimming and litter removal.

    What to bring: Full coverage clothing (long pants/sleeves) is recommended. Also sturdy shoes or boots, sun block, bug repellent, work gloves, eye protection & personal hydration. If you have a chainsaw, chaps, pruning saw or weed wrenches please bring them.


    Please also RSVP for this project on the Austin Parks Foundation website: http://www.austinparks.org/itsmypark.html so they can track who's coming and plan accordingly.

    Snacks and drinks will be provided. And a groovy, free t-shirt. Please list your shirt size in the comments when you sign up.
    "Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There is something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym."
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    Thanks REI for supporting Austin Ridge Riders Programs: http://www.austinridgeriders.com/
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    This is a most excellent event! I'll be there also, leading people at the Hill of Life, as we wage a merciless war against the evil invasive Ligustrum!

    And if battling plants is not your thing, check out the website to do a search for other projects at a park near you. There's a ton of projects out there doing everything from trail building to garbage pick-up to beautification to invasives removal to tree planting.

    This is a great way to give back to the community, and build the good reputation for mountain bikers all over.
    NOTICE: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

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    My daughter and I are signed up to help cut in trails on the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt. Gotta get that new park rideable!


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    Austin Ridge Riders projects, etc

    There are 50+ projects to choose from including two sponsored by the Austin Ridge Riders:

    Upper Barton Creek Invasive Species Removal - Hill of Life Area:

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o...vent_KEY=47334

    Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Revegitation & Trail Repair:

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o...vent_KEY=47318

    Full list of projects:

    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o...8701&radius=30
    "Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There is something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym."
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    Thanks REI for supporting Austin Ridge Riders Programs: http://www.austinridgeriders.com/
    IMBA visits blogs & photos: http://onthetrail.imbatools.com/?p=638
    http://onthetrail.imbatools.com/?p=602

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    Coolio! Are any of these paydirt eligible hours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtFace View Post
    Coolio! Are any of these paydirt eligible hours?
    Any that are work on trails should be:

    http://www.tmbra.org/paydirt/paydirt.htm
    "Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There is something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym."
    - Bill Nye, the science guy


    Thanks REI for supporting Austin Ridge Riders Programs: http://www.austinridgeriders.com/
    IMBA visits blogs & photos: http://onthetrail.imbatools.com/?p=638
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chardog View Post
    Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Revegitation & Trail Repair
    in

    Just registered at Austin Parks Foundation for WC work day.
    I'm getting a t-shirt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huckleberry View Post
    This is a most excellent event! I'll be there also, leading people at the Hill of Life, as we wage a merciless war against the evil invasive Ligustrum!

    This is a great way to give back to the community, and build the good reputation for mountain bikers all over.
    I forgot to add this before... here's a direct link to the project that Charlie and I will be leading around the Hill of Life area:
    http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o...vent_KEY=47334

    If you would like to dispense some punishment on evil invading plants, please sign up!
    NOTICE: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

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    A big thanks to all MoJos who participated in It's My Park Day around the city!

    On our project in the Hill of Life area, we had a big turnout of volunteers, and we got completed an enormous amount of work to eradicate the invasives. The Waxleaf Ligustrum is now almost completely eliminated upstream from the dam. Many huge Chinaberry and Ligustrum were felled both upstream and downstream from the Hill of Life. A huge infestation of Nandina was removed upstream from the dam.
    NOTICE: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

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