Here’s how you can volunteer with Ann Arbor Parks in February
Lend your hand at several events in February in Ann Arbor’s natural areas. The city of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation runs regular volunteer events to restore the city’s parks and natural areas while fostering a concern for the environment among residents. Then join the Stewardship Network’s Huron Arbor Cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Join NAP to restore this valuable habitat by removing invasive shrubs at Leslie Park. Format: Zoom MeetingFire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor’s natural areas.
Goats return to Ann Arbors Gallup Park to munch on invasive plants
ANN ARBOR Dont be alarmed if you see several goats grazing in Gallup Park over the next few weeks. Goats eat pretty much every green plant in sight, including invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle and even poison ivy -- dont worry, theyre not allergic. After last years successful pilot project, the goats from Twin Willow Ranch of Milan were brought back on Thursday to clear out invasive shrubbery and overgrowth. This is a great way to help promote native plants in our parks while, at the same time, decreasing the hours we spend on removing invasive brush," Parks and Recreation Maintenance Services Deputy Manager Scott Spooner said in a statement last season. Everything would have to be removed by cutting and pulling, and the goats enable us to use that labor in other ways."
City of Ann Arbor to resume outdoor volunteer opportunities with new safety measures
ANN ARBOR The city of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation will be resuming in-person volunteer opportunities this month with new safety protocols. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times during the events. Participants must wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times. Stewardship Workday: Sugarbush Nature AreaSaturday, June 13, 14 p.m.Join NAP in this scenic part of Ann Arbor to pull invasive species. Participants must wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times.