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No Ivy Day 2017 - Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in No Ivy Day 2017! 

On Saturday, October 28, community members around the Portland metro area gathered to improve our natural areas through the removal of the invasive weed English ivy for our 14th annual No Ivy Day. We were lucky to have a beautiful fall day for the event. The time you donated to volunteer, organize and lead an ivy removal volunteer event was crucial to our success! Together, we worked to accomplish the following:

  • Ivy removal work parties were held at 23 sites in the Portland metro area 
  • More than 410 volunteers participated in invasive plant removal, contributing more than 1,200 volunteer hours of labor to the fight against invasive species
  • More than 31,000 square feet of ground ivy was removed

With these impressive results and dedication, this event will continue to improve the habitat of our natural areas for future use by wildlife and people. Removing invasive plants allows for the establishment of native plants and a more diverse ecosystem. It would not have been such a great success without the hard work of everyone involved, THANK YOU!


2017 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 snacks provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

Forest Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation's No Ivy League and the Forest Park Conservancy for a morning of ivy removal in Forest Park. This is where it all started 14 years ago. Volunteers will meet at Lower Macleay park and  hike about 1 mile to our ivy removal worksite. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided.

Gateway Green
Join Friends of Gateway Green in removing invasive species -- primarily English Ivy and primarily in the wooded portion of Gateway Green. Additionally, we will do some litter removal, along the MUP. Long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide tools and gloves but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. We will provide refreshments. Participants need to be aware that the walk/ride back to the Gateway Transit Center is a fairly long, uphill grade. 

Hoyt Arboretum
Join the Hoyt Arboretum Friends to help restore this natural. Hoyt Arboretum is Portland’s 189-acre museum of living trees with more than 6,000 trees along 12 miles of trails. Volunteer crews are incredibly important to maintaining the arboretum’s grounds, particularly in removing invasive species like English ivy. This is an outdoor volunteer opportunity. Please dress for the weather. Sturdy, closed toed shoes are necessary. All tools, gloves and training are provided. 

Johnson Lake-
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to remove invasive English Ivy from around Johnson Lake! We will take a short walk into the park to locate and pull patches of English Ivy. Removing invasive species helps encourage native species regeneration and improves wildlife habitat. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

Marquam Nature Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Marquam Nature Park and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership to continue ivy removal in 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 snacks provided. After the ivy pull, Rewild Portland will be hosting an ivy basket weaving class for free at the shelter. Learn how you can turn invasive ivy into a beautiful basket. 

Mt. Tabor Park
Join Mt. Tabor Weed Warriors and Portland Parks & Recreation in removing 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 if needed. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

Springwater Trail + SE 128th
Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Portland Parks & Recreation to remove ivy and other invasive plant species in this area that hosts red-legged frogs (a sensitive species) and western red-backed salamanders. Instruction, tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea, on site portable toilet, 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.

Terwilliger Parkway
Join Portland Parks & Recreation, the Friends of Terwilliger, and the West Willamette Restoration Partnership in removing invasive non-native species, including english ivy, Himalayan blackberry, and clematis. 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 snacks provided.

River View Natural Area
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of River View Natural Area to help us restore this 146 acre natural area. Volunteers will focus on ivy removal to protect our native plants and habitat in this area. Volunteers will be hiking in to the site and will be working on uneven terrain. 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 and snacks provided. 

Woodlawn Park
Join Portland Parks & Parks Recreation and the Stewards of Woodlawn Park working to remove ivy from shrub beds within a designated "no pesticide use" area in the park. Meeting near the playground in the park. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy, closed toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Instruction, tools, gloves and refreshments are provided. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome but children must be supervised by an adult.

Woods Memorial Park
Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Woods Park 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 snacks provided. 

Partner Sites

Lost Park
Join forces with the National Honor Society from the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District as we remove English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from the forested portions of Lost Park. Please bring a re-usable water bottle to drink from throughout the project. Tools, snacks and a water cooler will be provided! Parking is limited, so please carpool.

Nadaka Nature Park
Join Friends of Nadaka to restore a healthy habitat at the 12 acre Nadaka Nature Park. We will be removing invasive species such as English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from the 10 acre forest and planting native plants on the additional front 2-acres. Tools, gloves, training and light refreshments will be provided. Dress to work in natural areas: long pants, brimmed hat, and closed-toe sturdy shoes. Please bring a water bottle and a friend! Businesses, schools and community groups are welcome! Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Working in the Community Garden. 

Noble Woods
Do you enjoy the outdoors and meeting new people? Grassroots Hillsboro keeps the community engaged and keep our parks healthy and beautiful. Gather once a month at a different park to help enhance the habitat or to beautify the park. Tee shirts, snacks and water are provided for volunteers. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup

PCC Sylvania
Join the PCC Sylvania Habitat Restoration Team in removing ivy from the school campus. Please dress with long sleeves, pants, and sturdy shoes that can get muddy or poked with a thorn. We will be pulling English Ivy--it's no ivy day! Please bring water. We will have a few snacks and we have gloves and tools.

Riverside Park
Join us to save trees and protect water quality on the Coast Fork Willamette River! On October 28th from 9am-12pm, the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (CFWWC) will host an ivy-pulling work party at Riverside Park in Cottage Grove. If left unchecked, English ivy can climb and kill trees. Trees along river and streambanks are essential to water quality and a healthy riparian area, and protecting established trees in this park is a high priority. The CFWWC needs your help in removing this invasive species from local streams and rivers! The Coast Fork Willamette Rivers is a headwaters to the Willamette River. The CFWWC will provide tools, water, snacks and gloves. Bring your refillable water bottle and dress for the weather. This event is rain or shine. The minimum age for the project is 12 years old.

Spring Park/ Elk Rock Island
Volunteers will pull ivy in Spring Park and on Elk Rock Island. North Clackamas Park and Recreation District will provide tools, gloves, snacks, water, and instruction. Please wear clothing appropriate for the task and weather, closed toe shoes, and bring your water bottle.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Join the Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards across the river at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal, Wa to remove invasive plants to support our local wildlife! For this years No Ivy Day, we will be removing Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy from the heron rookery on the west side of the Refuge. We'll meet at the Steigerwald Lake NWR main parking lot and carpool out to the site. The work site is not easily accessible and may require walking through ankle deep water depending on rainfall this month. Good waterproof hiking boots or rubber boots are recommended (we have a small selection of rubber boots if requested). Due to site accessibility issues, participants must be 16 or older. As always, dress for the weather including long sleeves and long pants. This is a great opportunity to access a portion of the Refuge typically closed to the public. Our project leader will point out wildlife and give fun facts about the refuge and the habitat throughout the day. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided, all you need to bring is a water bottle and enthusiasm to remove these plant invaders!

Tanglewood Tributary
Oswego Lake is a highly urbanized watershed that faces several problems including riparian habitat degradation due the dominance of invasive species. The overabundance of invasive species displaces native plants that provide benefits such as shade for lower stream temperatures, erosion prevention, and habitat benefits for native wildlife. The Tanglewood tributary has recently undergone channel alterations to normalize storm flow through the site. Ivy is creeping alongside the channel and is required to be removed as per our grant. Volunteers should dress for the weather and have sturdy boots and clothes they don't mind getting dirty!

Tenny Creek Park
At this event we will continue removing non-native English Ivy from Tenny Creek Park in the Hazel Dell area. Parking is limited and available on the street only, so please carpool if at all possible. Volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, long pants, and closed toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. If you have tools or supplies (hand pruners, gloves) please bring them. If you (or anyone in your group) are under the age of 18, a parental consent form must be signed. Please copy and paste this URL into your browser to access the form: https://www.clark.wa.gov/sites/default/files/dept/files/public-works/Parks/Volunteer/CCPMinorConsent.pdf. Print, fill out, and bring with you to the event.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Friends of Tryon Creek, in partnership with Oregon States Parks, are committed to supporting the ecological restoration of the park through volunteerism. Through an ongoing series of stewardship events, over the last forty years, volunteers have hand pulled more than 250 acres of English Ivy and other invasive plant species in the park. No Ivy Day volunteers will continue this tradition of stewardship. Tasks include, hiking off trail, plant identification, hand pulling, and using small hand tools. Instruction, gloves and tools are provided. Please dress for the weather.

Waterboard Park
Waterboard Park is one of the most natural parks in Oregon City offering large stands of trees, amazing geology and at the upper end a view of Portland and our NW Mountains.  Our on going ivy removal in this park will involve ringing or ivy removal from the base of the tree - 2ft up the trunk.  Coffee, water and morning snacks will be available at our check-in-tent. Some small pruners and loppers and gloves will be provided, if you have your own please bring.