Volunteer Updates, 2015
On Saturday, January 19, 50 volunteers arrived at Vancouver Lake Regional Park to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Volunteers cleared approximately 400 feet of brush on the Vancouver Lake trail extension and cut back blackberry vines in preparation for a mitigation planting in the fall.
Progress on the trail extension is going well. Clark County Parks looks forward to having the trail completed in spring 2016.
On Saturday, March 7, 14 volunteers came out to help with restoration efforts at Foley Community Orchard. Volunteers spent four hours on this beautiful sunny day spreading mulch under the pear trees.
Each year, Clark County looks forward to working with Urban Abundance to harvest pears from the orchards for donation to the Clark County Food Bank.
On Saturday, May, 16, 39 members of the Walnut Grove Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints arrived at Hockinson Meadows Community Park to help remove irrigation piping.
The volunteers spent 3½ hours removing pipes from a mitigation planting area, cutting the pipe into pieces and carrying it to a dumpster for removal.
On Saturday, June 20, eight volunteers worked on trail maintenance at Whipple Creek Hollow.
This event was held in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Legacy Lands/Conservation Futures Program to conserve scenic areas, environmentally important parcels and open space in Clark County.
Volunteers, mainly from iTech Preparatory School, cut back encroaching vegetation and uncovered trail edger logs.
On Friday, July 17, 33 volunteers helped remove litter from Vancouver Lake and the nearby flushing channel.
This was a cooperative project involving the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance and Clark County Parks.
Volunteers removed more than 30 bags of trash in three hours. After the cleanup, volunteers were treated to lunch from New Seasons Market.
Spearheaded by Warren Neth with Urban Abundance, the Foley Orchard Harvest Celebration was a well-rounded event.
On Friday, August 22, nearly 50 volunteers got together to make cider, have a picnic, listen to music and harvest the orchard’s pears for donation to the Clark County Food Bank.
The Fourth Annual Clark County Connects Day of Service on Saturday, September 12, was a huge success.
About 260 volunteers participated in events at parks and trails and donated 780 hours of service. We had volunteers stationed throughout Clark County, including at Lucia Falls Regional Park, where 30 volunteers removed 12 cubic yards of English ivy, and at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, where 47 volunteers removed 60 bags of litter.
The Fifth Annual Make a Difference Day Cleanup Challenge took place on Saturday, October 24.
We had our best turnout yet, with 139 volunteers participating in the cleanup. Volunteers picked up 11 pounds of cigarette butts and 48.5 bags of trash from our parks, trails and green spaces throughout Clark County and the City of Vancouver. We had several large groups participate in the cleanup, including the Heritage High School Key Club, the Skyview DECA Club and the Lewis and Clark Young Marines.
Ninety –two pounds of cigarette butts have been removed from our parks and open spaces during the past five years as a result of this annual cleanup, sponsored by Clark County and the City of Vancouver.
On Saturday, November 21, nearly 50 volunteers arrived to plant trees at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Clark County Parks partnered with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, which donated the trees for the project. This tree planting was a mitigation project for the new 1 mile long section of trail being built at the park.
Volunteers from a local Cub Scout troop and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with other community members, worked hard for three hours to plant trees and place weed mat and plant protectors around the trees, increasing their chance of survival.
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