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Day 41: February 22, 2014, Volunteer Stewardship Day

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Partners:

  • TriBeta
  • North by Northeast Rotary Club
  • TAS MeetUp group

Volunteers:

  • Total: 19
  • New: 7
  • Return Volunteers: 6
  • Team Leader Volunteers: 6

Primary Goal:

  • Establish new trail from irrigation line in Savannah to the inflow creek.

Results:

  • Mulched 65 linear feet along irrigation line on main trail by Savannah to irrigation line crossing; lined trail with logs.
  • Established new trail from irrigation line to center of creek by clearing for a trail and lining trail with logs; mulched about 70 linear feet of new trail.
  • Established new trail from creek to cement ledge along creek – from spring house – cleared 36 linear feet.
  • Cleared out stumps from cement ledge to creek crossing, removing 10 yards of stumps and 20 yards of debris.
  • Removed from savannah: Cut and treated 45 small leaf Ligustrum saplings, 2 large Parsimmons, 1 Mesquite. Cut and treated 20 stumps.
  • Removed 2 Umbrella trees, 2 Wisteria and 2 Ligustrum.

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  • 43 first-time volunteers, 8 Team Leader Volunteers
  • Groups Represented: TriBeta, College Forward, North by NortheastRotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 8
  • Primary Goal: Cut trail along inflow creek to spring house; continue restoration of Savannah
  • Hand pulled 1 cubic yard weeds in Elm Grove
  • Trail Clearing: Cleared 200 yards of Wisteria and Ragweed from trail
  • Cleared 150 feet of new trail up to spring house along creek
  • Cleared Ragweed and cut back grape vine on “Dam of Words” in area 50 feet by 6 feet wide.
  • Chain saw cut 8 trees (Cedar Elm, Mesquite, Persimmon) and 8 snags from Savannah
  • In North Savannah – raked and weed wrenched out weedy growth in 40 x 40 foot of savannah; then seeded with mixture of native seed and watered.
  • In Savannah: re-located 1- cubic yards of previously cut material for wildlife habitat.
  • Cut and treat 15 Ligustrum, 6 China Berry and 1 Photinia and 6 Bumelia. Removed 20 stumps. Sorted cut material to retain logs for trail lining.
  • In upper creek area, using hand saw, cut and treated 25 Ligustrum, 5 Nandina, 12 Umbrella trees and 12 China Berry. 50 additional exotic saplings were weed wrenched.

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Day 40: January 20, 2014

  • 43 first-time volunteers, 8 Team Leader Volunteers
  • Groups Represented: TriBeta, College Forward, North by NortheastRotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 8
  • Primary Goal: Cut trail along inflow creek to spring house; continue restoration of Savannah
  • Hand pulled 1 cubic yard weeds in Elm Grove
  • Trail Clearing: Cleared 200 yards of Wisteria and Ragweed from trail
  • Cleared 150 feet of new trail up to spring house along creek
  • Cleared Ragweed and cut back grape vine on “Dam of Words” in area 50 feet by 6 feet wide.
  • Chain saw cut 8 trees (Cedar Elm, Mesquite, Persimmon) and 8 snags from Savannah
  • In North Savannah – raked and weed wrenched out weedy growth in 40 x 40 foot of savannah; then seeded with mixture of native seed and watered.
  • In Savannah: re-located 1- cubic yards of previously cut material for wildlife habitat.
  • Cut and treat 15 Ligustrum, 6 China Berry and 1 Photinia and 6 Bumelia. Removed 20 stumps. Sorted cut material to retain logs for trail lining.
  • In upper creek area, using hand saw, cut and treated 25 Ligustrum, 5 Nandina, 12 Umbrella trees and 12 China Berry. 50 additional exotic saplings were weed wrenched.

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Day 39: September 18, 2013

  • 21 Volunteers, 20 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Intel Corporation
  • Primary Goal: Engage Intel employees in a corporate work day.
  • 100 cubic feet mulch spread.
  • 2 large hackberry, 3 medium persimmon, 4-5 small cedar elm sawed and cleared from savannah.
  • 60 invasive saplings weed-wrenched.
  • 2000 square feet heavy mulch raked out of area for seeding.
  • ? feet cleared along irrigation pipe from prairie to cutoff valve.
  • 400 linear feet trail cleared and overhang lopped.

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Day 38: May 3, 2013

  • 68 Volunteers, 47 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Environmental Survey Consulting, Norman Elementary School, Pecan Springs Elementary School
  • Primary Goal: Engage a larger group of east side children in the Explore and Restore Program; have kids help with the final push for the year for the restoration of our savannah area.
  • 2,100 square feet savannah cleared and seeded with native grass seed.
  • 100 feet of trail mulched.
  • Students in three different groups surveyed and recorded data about the plants, animals, and water at Blair Woods. (Kids in one group were very excited to find a snake during their survey!)

Click here to view photos of Norman Elementary, and here for Pecan Springs’ Explore and Restore.


 

Day 37: April 20, 2013

  • 36 Volunteers, 21 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: College Forward, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Norman Elementary teachers
  • Primary Goal: Clear logs and large mulch from savanna area to prepare for seeding; remove hazard limb; clear and mulch trails.
  • 1,000 square feet ground cleared of logs and large mulch.
  • 120 square feet trail cleared of ragweed and wild carrot. (Approximately 5,000 weeds removed.)
  • 12 wheelbarrows mulch added to trail.
  • 1/2 cord hazard limb of American Elm cut and stacked.

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Day 36: March 23, 2013

  • 8 Volunteers, 0 first-time volunteers
  • Primary Goal: Clear away mulched materials to create educational area and allow for seeding.
  • 75 Chinaberry, Chinese tallow, privet and ligustrum plants weed-wrenched.
  • 4 cubic yards chipped materials raked.
  • 2 cubic yards large branches removed and used to line educational area.
  • 12 cubic yards material hauled, stacked, raked, and created in to brush piles.

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Day 35: March 4, 2013

  • 11 Volunteers, 10 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: American Youth Works
  • Primary Goal: Mulch the stacks of invasives cut down during previous work days.
  • 200 cubic yards of plants (20 semi truckloads!) were mulched.

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Day 34: March 1, 2013

  • 29 Volunteers, 8 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Environmental Survey Consulting, Norman Elementary School
  • Primary Goal: Implement the Explore and Restore program for 4th and 5th graders from Norman Elementary.
  • 1680 linear feet dead plant material cleared from trail.
  • 120 linear feet new trail constructed and lined with logs.
  • 30 non-native woody saplings weed-wrenched in prairie area.
  • Students surveyed the creek, surveyed for animals, established 4 study points in the prairie, and did water testing at the pond.

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Day 33: February 16, 2013

  • 30 Volunteers, 16 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: American Youth Works, UT Ornithology Club, Tribeta
  • Primary Goal: Keep clearing the savannah area.
  • Sawed, treated, and hauled 96 Cedar Elm, 26 China Berry/Hackberry, 38 Ligustrum, 3 persimmon, and 10 Privet.
  • Hand-pulled 45 Ligustrum and 3 juniper.
  • Loppered and treated 100 Nandina and China Berry.

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Day 32: January 21, 2013

  • 37 volunteers, 26 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: College Forward
  • Primary Goal: Continued clearing of the savannah area, allowing us to evaluate what is left to clear and prepare for planting of native plants.
  • Hand-pulled and weed-wrenched 2000 Chinese and Japanese privet.
  • Cut, treated, and hauled 35 giant cedar elm and Texas persimmon.
  • Hand-pulled, cut, and treated 70 ligustrum.

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Day 31: November 10, 2012

  • 59 volunteers, 46 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: American Youth Works, several UT service groups
  • Primary Goal: Plant lots of native plants in the developing prairie area of the sanctuary.
  • Hand-pulled 29 Ligustrum to clear area for planting.
  • Weed-wrenched 23 Chinese Tallow, 28 Ligustrum, and 4 Chinaberry to clear area for planting.
  • Planted 221 native plants of various species.

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Day 31: October 26, 2012

  • 27 volunteers, 19 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Norman Elementary School students in Travis Audubon’s Explore and Restore Program
  • Primary Goal: Educate underserved children about land stewardship, conservation, and the environment; enhance children’s science education and observation skills; develop meaningful work projects that connect children to nature.
  • Weed-wrenched 22 multi-stemmed Chinese Privet.
  • Lopped 700 Giant Ragweed.
  • Weed-wrenched 2 Chinaberry Plants.

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Day 31: October 20, 2012

  • 41 volunteers, 29 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Tribeta (UT), APS (UT), Boy Scouts, Rotary Club
  • Primary Goal: Remove Massive amounts of invasives to allow for planting on November 10 work date.
  • Lopped, weed wrenched, or hand-pulled 18 cubic yards of Ligustrum, Chinese Tallow, Japanese Privet.
  • Cut, treated, hauled, and stacked 10 cubic yards Ligustrum, Japanese Privet, and some invasive natives.

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Day 30: April 21, 2012

  • 18 volunteers, 10 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Applied Materials Green Team
  • Primary Goal: Hand-pull invasives and clear slash from hillside to build pile for later mulching.
  • Combined Bird-A-Thon with work day–volunteers participated in a nature hike at the end of work.
  • Removed 15 30-gallon bags of Ragweed, Beggar’s Lice, and Sow Thistle
  • Cleared, mulched, lined, and added log bench to 20 feet of Spur Trail Overlook.
  • 120 cubic yards Ligustrum hauled to slash pile.

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Day 29: April 17, 2012

  • 11 volunteers, 10 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: American Youth Works
  • Primary Goal: Manage the slash from prior American Youth Works work day to ensure safety for 4/21 work day.
  • Hauled 32 cubic yards of cut ligustrum that had been cut during 4/10 work day over 2 acres of land.

 

Day 28: April 13, 2012

  • 33 volunteers, 9 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Norman Elementary School
  • Primary Goal: Educate under-served children about land stewardship, conservation, and the environment. Develop meaningful work project that connects children to nature.
  • Children split in to groups and participated in scientific surveys around the sanctuary.
  • Planted 30 native wetland plants (5 species) along south end of pond.
  • Removed 2 cubic yards algae from pond.
  • Created, lined, mulched 30 feet of new trail and 25 of old trail.

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Day 27: March 3, 2012

  • 25 volunteers, 7 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Rotary Club, Tribeta UT group
  • Primary Goal: Removal of non-native plants from newly-delineated ‘savannah’ area.
  • Cut, treated, hauled, and stacked 10 cubic yards (80 plants) Ligustrum and Cedar Elm.
  • Weed wrenched, cut, hauled, and stacked 165 non-native Ligustrum/Privet/Chinaberry plants.

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Day 26: February 11, 2012

  • 36 volunteers, 21 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: UT service groups Tribeta, Women in Science, and pre-PA
  • Primary Goal: Removal and chipping of non-native plants. However, this was hampered by our chainsaw being stolen and our rented chipper not working.
  • Removed 2200 Ligustrum and Privet plants by weed wrenching or hand-pulling. Cleared 1/4 acre of Ligustrum/Chinaberry/Privet with small chain saw.

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Day 25: January 16, 2012

  • 38 volunteers, 19 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: College Forward
  • Primary Goal: Removal of non-native plants.
  • Removed 430 Ligustrum and Privet plants by weed wrenching or hand-pulling.
  • Raked, mulched, and lined 200 feet of trail.

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Day 24:  November 5, 2011

  • 38 volunteers, 21 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: APS (UT), Tribeta (UT), Pre-Dental (UT), Windsor Park Neighborhood Association
  • Primary Goal: Use rented wood chipper to chip as many invasive plants as possible.
  • Cut, treated, and hauled 9 cubic yards Japanese Privet, 16 cubic yards Ligustrum, 3 cubic yards Umbrella Trees, as well as some Privet and China Berry.
  • Chipped 20 cubic yards of invasive plants to use as trail mulch.

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Day 23:  October 21, 2011

  • 35 volunteers, 17 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Norman Elementary School, Environmental Survey Consulting, Applied Materials.
  • Primary Goal: Educate underserved kids about land stewardship through Explore and Restore program.
  • 2 trails (150 yards total) cleared, leveled, mulched, and lined.
  • 1 cubic yard invasive species removed from inflow and outflow area of pond.
  • 30-50 invasive saplings removed from pond edge.

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Day 22: September 24, 2011

  • 33 volunteers, 21 first-time volunteers
  • Groups Represented: Boy Scouts, Rotary Club, Women in Science (UT), Alpha Pi Sigma (UT), Environmental Law (UT)
  • Primary Goal: Take advantage of dry pond to remove invasive plants at pond edge.
  • Cut, hauled, and treated 4 cubic yards Chinese Tallow and 2 cubic yards Ligustrum, China Berry, and Parasol Tree.

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Day 21:  April 16, 2011

  • 24 volunteers, 8 first-time volunteers
  • College Forward volunteers
  • Weed wrenched, hauled and stacked 4 cubic yards of Privet, 1 cubic yard of Ligustrum & Chinaberry and 1.5 cubic yards of Chinaberry
  • Hand pulled 1 cubic yard of English Ivy
  • Mulched 50 yards of trail

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Day 20: April 1, 2011

  • 31 volunteers from Norman Elementary, 21 first-time volunteers
  • Kids enjoyed educational activities and learned about plants, animals, soil and erosion, and learned how to use GPS and read topographic map
  • Hauled and stacked 1 cubic yard of previously pulled and cut invasive plants
  • 40-50 feet of trail were mulched and lined

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Day 19: March 28 and March 30, 2011

  • We had 10 volunteers, including 9 first-time volunteers.  The volunteers were from American Youthworks
  • Low stumping of 100 previously cut/treated Ligustrum
  • 2 giant Chinaberry trees in danger of falling were removed
  • Cleared invasive plants from 30 yards of trail
  • Hand pulled 1/10 of an acre of honeysuckle

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Day 18:  February 19, 2011

  • We had 74 volunteers, including 58 first-timers
  • Removed 54 cubic yards of Ligustrum
  • Weed Wrenched 50 individual Ligustrum plants
  • Hand pulled 60 Ligustrum seedlings
  • Hand pulled 1/4 cubic yards of Ivy
  • Weed  wrenched 10 China Berry Plants, 3 Nandina plants, 5 cubic yards of Privet and (2) 1 ft. diameter Chinese Tallow trees
  • 6 30 gallon trash bags of trash collected.
  • Volunteers included: Rotary Club, 2 UT service groups, and the Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsibility Group.

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Day 17: January 19, 2011

  • We had 75 volunteers, including 59 first-time volunteers
  • Partner:  College Forward
  • Removed 77 cubic yards of Chinaberry and Ligustrum
  • Hand pulled 75 Ligustrum
  • Planted 17 American Elm, Mexican Buckeye, and Mist
    Flower

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Day 16: November 13, 2010

  • We had 33 volunteers, including 17 first-time volunteers
  • Removed 8 cubic yards of Ligustrum and Privet from pocket prairie
  • Cut, treated, and removed 32 cubic yards of other invasive species
  • 20 Ligustrum trees were removed from marshy area
  • 1285 Ligustrum seedlings and saplings hand pulled
  • 19 other invasive seedlings and saplings hand pulled

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DAY 15: October 9, 2010

  • We had 24 volunteers, including 10 first-time volunteers
  • Removed 150 non-native saplings and seedlings
  • 4 cubic yards of Ligustrum and other non-native
    species were treated and removed, as well as
    500 square feet of giant ragweed
  • 50 Ligustrum stumps cut
  • 70 cubic yards ligustrum & lace bark elm cut, treated, stacked

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DAY 14: September 25, 2010

  • We had 33 volunteers come out, with 21 first-time volunteers
  • Partners:  Wildlife Rescue and City of Austin Habitat Stewards
  • Mowed 300 yards of trail, and cut and mulched 25 feet of new trail
  • Removed 4060 invasive seedlings and saplings
  • Removed 7 (30 gallon) bags of trash
  • 24 habitat stewards were trained in project management, identifying native vs. non-native plants, and working with injured wildlife.

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DAY 13: April 17, 2010

  • We had 30 volunteers come out and help, 12 which were new.
  • Partner:  Environmental Survey Consulting
  • Planted 183 1-gallon native aquatic plants(12 species) in the wetlands.
  • Constructed, cleared, lined and mulched 50 feet of new trails.
  • 1000 feet of previous created trails weeded.
  • 150 non-native plants removed by weed wrench.

DAY 12: April 9, 2010

  • We had 48 volunteers come out and help, 37 which were new.
  • Partner:  Environmental Survey Consulting and Norman Elementary School
  • Planted 86 1-gallon aquatic and riparian plants(10 species).
  • 2.5 pounds of 15-20 native grass and wildflower seeds formed into mud balls and hand-broadcasted into riparian corridor and covered with erosion mats.
  • 100 feet of trail was raked, lined and re-mulched.

DAY 11: February 20, 2010

  • We had 25 volunteers come out and help, 12 which were new.
  • Removal of a large Pecan tree that had fallen.
  • 100 yards previously cut or fallen non natives removed from creek.
  • 1/2 yard of Japanese honeysuckle and Linustrum seedlings were removed from pond bank.
  • 2 piles of non native brush removed.
  • Mulched and weeded 30 yards of trail.
  • 4 (30 gallon) bags of trash collected.

DAY 10: January 18, 2010

  • We had 55 volunteers come out and help, 41 which were new.
  • Partner:  Environmental Survey Consulting & LBJ Fire Science students
  • 4 acres(250 cubic yards) of Ligustrum and other non-natives were treated, bagged and removed.
  • 100 yards of trail constructed. Trees cut and used to line both sides of trail. Brush removed and trail
    area raked.
  • 1/2 acre hummingbird and butterfly garden cleared so Norman Elementary kids can plant garden.

DAY 9: November 14, 2009

  • We had 29 volunteers come out and help, 19 which were new.
  • Partner:  Environmental Survey Consulting
  • 177 native plants and 13 pounds of seeds were planted in the pond outflow area.
  • 6 cubic yards of non native plants were uprooted.
  • 72 cubic yards of non native plants were high cut, treated and stacked.
  • 48 cubic yards of non native plants were hauled.
  • 15 bags of trash was collected.
  • Mulched 100 ft of new trail close to loop and lined
    with logs.

DAY 8: October 24, 2009

  • We had 41 volunteers come out and help, 30 which were new.
  • 30 native plants were planted around the pond.
  • 225 cubic yards of dense invasive woody vegetation was cut, stump treated, hauled and stacked for chipping.
  • 65 (30 gallon) bags of trash was collected.
  • Cleared invasive plants from of riparian corridor.
  • Water quality monitoring for conductivity, PH, nitrate and dissolved oxygen.

DAY 7: September 26, 2009

  • We had 42 volunteers come out to help, 35 which were new.
  • 300 feet of trail was mulched.
  • 2 benches were installed.
  • 4 yards of invasive plants were removed from 1/2 acre and mulched along the riparian corridor.
  • 2 trails were trimmed.
  • 90 native grass plugs were planted.
  • 15 woody native plants were planted.
  • 5 bags of trash was collected.

DAY 6: May ?, 2009

  • 8 American Youth Workers cut 300 large diameter invasive stumps

DAY 5: March 28, 2009

  • 29 volunteers
  • Finish most all of both trails
  • Planted 69 native plants
  • Conducted first bird survey
  • Partners:  UT Ornithology club, Wildlife Rescue, Driftwood Wildlife Association, UT Environmental Law Club.

DAY 4: February 28, 2009

  • 16 volunteers
  • Began building upper and lower trails
  • Planted 3 native woody plants
  • Transplanted 40 native plants from within the new trial
  • Cut down 100 small diameter invasive stumps

DAY 3: November 15, 2008

  • 43 volunteers
  • 60 cubic yards of invasive plants removed
  • 15 (30) gallon bags of trash collected
  • Partner – Urban Roots

DAY 2:October 11, 2008

  • 30 volunteers
  • 40 cubic yards of invasive plants removed

DAY 1:  September 20, 2008

  • 28 volunteers
  • 65 cubic yards of invasive plants removed
  • 10 (30) gallon bags of trash collected.