Trail Tamers Work to Restore Parkland

A group of volunteers called Trail Tamers has been working for the past three years to remove invasive species alongside the city’s hike and bike trails. Cutting down nonnatives like ligustrum, nandina, Chinaberry, and Chinese tallow allows for the restoration of parkland with native plants and trees.

Using limb saws, loppers, and other hand tools, the group meets each Tuesday at 1 p.m., says Heather Brewer McFarling, urban forester with the Parks and Recreation Department. Trail Tamers have been working along the San Gabriel River Trail near Rivery Park and also along the Pickett Trail at Blue Hole and Chautauqua parks.

McFarling says she is looking for more volunteers for the group. Volunteers should bring bottled water and wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and gloves. Tools will be available, but people also can bring their own loppers and hand saws. No power tools are used. Volunteers can work with the group as they are available and no prior knowledge or skills are required.

Those who would like to volunteer should contact Heather Brewer McFarling at (512) 930 – 6113 or McFarling will communicate with those who contact her to let them know of meeting locations and other details.

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