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No Ivy Day 2016


The Portland Parks & Recreation's 13th annual No Ivy Day happened on October 29, 2016. There was over 350 volunteers that came out to steward a natural area at 18 sites all over Portland-Metro area. The results were outstanding:

  • 1,050 volunteer hours contributed of labor to the fight against invasive species
  • 130 trees were cleared of ivy
  • more than 80,000 square feet (about 2 acres) of ground ivy was removed.

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List of the 2016 participating sites: 

Portland Parks & Recreation Sites

Baltimore Woods
Join Friends of Baltimore Woods and Portland Parks & Recreation to remove invasive non-native species, including English ivy, clematis, and Himalayan blackberry. Invasive species removal restores wildlife habitat and to encourages native species regeneration to prevent erosion and water run-off. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: N Catlin Ave, & N Decatur St.
  • For more information, contact Isabel LaCourse at 503-729-0318 or isabel.lacourse@portlandoregon.gov 

Forest Park
Join the No Ivy League for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. Gather here on October 29 for Forest Park volunteer events and join us afterwards for our celebration! Volunteers meeting here will hike ~1 mile to our ivy removal location in the park. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided.

Gateway Green Park 
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and Friends of Gateway Green to help remove invasive ivy and benefit the health of Gateway Green Park. Portland Parks will supply all the equipment and accessories we will need to have a fantastic No Ivy Day event! We will have water on hand as well. Dress for the weather and hiking. We will have a tent and a secure place to leave your belongings.

Go By Bike or On Foot: Cyclists and pedestrians can access Gateway Green using the I-205 Multi-use Path. The park is located between Gateway Transit Center and the City of Maywood Park/Parkrose neighborhood.

Go By MAX: Ride the MAX to the Gateway Transit Center, then ride or walk northbound on the I-205 Multi-use Path. The park is about a quarter mile from the Transit Center.

Go By Car: Gateway Green is not directly accessbile by car. On-street parking is available in and around the Gateway Transit Center, and parking is available in the Transit Center lots weekday evenings and weekends. Ride or walk northbound on the I-205 Multi-use Path to arrive at the park. 

Hoyt Arboretum
Join PP&R and Hoyt Arboretum Friends to aid in the removal of ivy from the arboretum. Come out and explore the arboretum and help keep this important natural area healthy. Volunteers will hike 10-15 minutes to the work site. Come prepared to get dirty, dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, coffee and KIND snacks provided.

  • Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Address: Meet at the visitor center maintenance yard.
  • Site Coordinator: Mark McKinney; for day of event questions only, contact Mark at 503-823-6229
  • For more information please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov

Johnson Lake
Johnson Lake Property has lots of small patches of ivy scattered throughout the site. We will spread out through the park to hunt and pull ivy as we find it, and keep it from taking over the native plant habitat! 

Please wear long pants and sleeves, and closed toed shoes, and bring a reusable water bottle. we will provide snacks, juice and water for your enjoyment. All tools and gloves will be provided. 

Mt. Tabor Park
Join PP&R and Friends of Mt. Tabor Weed Warriors to help restore Mt. Tabor Park! We will split into groups to remove various invasive species from different areas of the park. There will also potentially be a planting project. To bring: a water bottle, work gloves if you have them (we will provide if you don't), sturdy shoes and pants, long sleeves. We will provide tools and all instructions on the project. 

Marquam Nature Park
Join PP&R and the Friends of Marquam Nature Park to continue ivy removal Marquam Nature Park! Help restore this beautiful and important natural area by removing ivy. This event is family friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Marshall Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Marshall Park and Maricara Natural Area and to help remove invasive ivy and to benefit the health of the park. Meet by the playground. Street parking is available. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided.

  • Time: 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
  • Address: SW 12th Dr. and Marshall Park
  • For more information contact Mary Verrilli, mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-9423

Riverview Natural Area
Join Portland Parks & Recreation in removing English ivy. Help restore this natural area to benefit wildlife habitat and native plant species. This is a is family friendly event, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Springwater Corridor trail 
Join the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association Greening Committee, Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation to remove ivy and other invasive plant species in this area that hosts red-legged frog (a sensitive species) and western red-backed salamander. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea, on site portable toilet, KIND Snacks and homemade treats provided. Wear long sleeved shirts, thick pants and sturdy boots. Terrain is hilly, with some potentially wet areas so bring rubber boots if you have them. Tri-met bus: #71 (+ walk less than 1/3 mile east along the SCT.) Bike/Walk on the Springwater Corridor trail: PortlandOregon.gov/parks/springwatermap.

  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Meet at: SE 128th and the Springwater Corridor trail, just north of Foster Road where Reedway intersects with SE 128th. Street parking. Please be aware not to block neighbors’ driveways.
  • For more information contact Dolores: pgna_greening@yahoo.com or Courtney: courtney@jcwc.org
  • Call/text Susan at 503-823-5937 day of event.

Woods Memorial Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Woods and to help remove invasive ivy and to benefit the health of Woods Creek. Meet at the top of the Stairway Trail. Parking is available at the entrance by the gate. Please carpool as parking is limited. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and KIND Snacks provided. 

Partner Sites

Boutwell Creek
The Oswego Lake Watershed Council invites you to join us as we restore Boutwell Creek, an important tributary to Oswego Lake. This creek lies mostly on private property and has become neglected and overgrown with invasive species. We need your help to improve this important creekside property!

This site is in the final stages of restoration and will require removing invasive plants like English ivy and shiny geranium. This work party is a great way to give back to the environment, meet others in the community, and to experience a beautiful creek not often seen by the public!

Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and weather-appropriate clothing. OLWC will provide tools, gloves, and snacks. We work rain or shine so come prepared for the weather.

Orchards Highlands Park
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Orchards Highlands Park! At this event we are partnering with the PP&R No Ivy League ito remove non-native English Ivy from Orchards Highlands Park. Orchards Highlands Park is located at NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98662. You should wear weather-appropriate clothing (and clothes you don't mind getting dirty!), long pants, and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle if you have one. Light refreshments and water will be provided. If you (or anyone in your group) are under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be signed. Please go to http://www.parkhero.org/forms.html and print the minor consent form. Please have your parent or guardian complete this form and bring with you to the event. If you have any questions please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Llewellyn, at (360) 397-6118 ext. 1627 or karen.llewellyn@clark.wa.gov.

Homewood Park Ivy Pull
Homewood Park is a 1.25 acre, forested park in the Hector Campbell Neighborhood of Milwaukie. A short walking trail connects Home Avenue to SE Garrett Drive under a canopy of mature Douglass firs. This project will focus on removing ivy from the forest floor to make room for a more diverse native plant population. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring a water bottle and your favorite pair of gloves. NCPRD will provide tools, extra gloves, drinks, and snacks.

Nettle Creek
Join the Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC) as we restore Nettle Creek, an important tributary located in Lake Oswego. This beautiful urban stream has become overgrown with invasive ivy and we need your help! Please come dressed ready to work outside with sturdy shoes, long pants, and weather-appropriate clothing. TCWC will provide gloves, tools, snacks, and water. Due to the steepness of the site, we recommend volunteers ages 12 and up.

Noble Woods Park
Help us remove invasive English ivy at Noble Woods Park. All of the tools, supplies, water, and work gloves needed for the project will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup. 

Nadaka Nature Park
Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at Nadaka Nature Park Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 12 pm! We will be removing invasive species such as English Ivy from the 10 acre forested portion of the park. The event will start with a brief lesson on native and invasive plant species.

Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend! There are two locations for parking. 1) St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church parking lot next to Nadaka Nature Park located at 17405 NE Glisan Street Gresham, OR 97230. 2) Nadaka Nature Park’s north entrance is at NE Pacific Street and 176th. You may park in the neighborhood and follow the path through the forest to get to the picnic structure.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is at the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area on the Washington side and is typically referred to as the Gateway to the Gorge. The Refuge is just over 1000 acres of mixed habitat including wetlands, pastures, and woodlands. The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards volunteers have actively managed English Ivy for several years; however there is still work to be done to eradicate it completely. 

On October 29th, we are excited to be the host of a No Ivy Day work site. We will be out rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather, including sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves. We will provide all the tools, materials, and snacks. All ages welcome, but youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet at the trailhead at Steigerwald Lake NWR at 9am and travel together to the work site. All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Service Agreement which can be filled out and printed here: http://bit.ly/2ddmj2Q

Directions:
-From Interstate 5 (both north and south) take Exit 1A WA-14 E toward Camas. 
-Continue onto WA-14 E for 17.7 miles.
-Take a right into the entrance just after mile marker 18. 
Note: You will pass Washougal on the left and then the Columbia River National Scenic Area sign on the right, before the entrance.

Silk Creek Park
Join us to save trees and protect water quality on Silk Creek and the Coast Fork Willamette River! On October 29th, the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (CFWWC) and the City of Cottage Grove will host an ivy-pulling work party at Silk Creek Park in Cottage Grove. If left unchecked, English ivy will climb and kill trees. Trees along river and streambanks are essential to water quality and a healthy riparian zone. The CFWWC needs your help in removing this invasive species from local streams and rivers! The CFWWC will provide tools, water, snacks and gloves. Bring your refillable water bottle. This event is rain or shine. Silk Creek Park is located at the intersection of Old Mill Place & South River Road in Cottage Grove, across the creek from the Old Mill Farm Store. If you are unable to attend but want to show your support, please consider making a donation to the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council. To make a donation or for more information, you may call our office (541) 767-9717 or visit our website http://coastfork.org/about-us/make-a-donation Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup.