This is an exciting time to get involved with the restoration efforts in the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt. Below take a look at future, past and ongoing greenbelt projects
Invasive Species Removal (ongoing)
Alongside maintenance of the 3+ acres of the greenbelt previously restored; we are clearing invasive species in untouched areas of the greenbelt. For example, English holly, a woody invasive species will be treated with herbicides. We expect enough new area cleared by Fall 2021 so that 400 native plants will be planted in advance of the 2021-22 rainy season.
Long Term Restoration Plan (future)
We are currently seeking a grant to enlist a student or early-career professional who is trained (or training) in urban forestry and restoration to develop goals for the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt that will become a Vegetation Management Plan. The plan will include phases of invasive species removal and native species replacement that are specific to the variety of sections in the greenbelt. With planning documents in hand the current volunteers will be able to proceed with restoration. And as those plans are implemented and updated year after year the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt will evolve into a stable ecosystem.
2020 Native Plant Maintenance (ongoing)
In the fall of 2020, more than 200 native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers were planted. Most of these plants require watering weekly during the 2021 dry season. Currently, water is carried into the greenbelt in 5-gallon containers to ensure these new plants thrive.