Rachel Gulbraa

URI Internship Year:

2017

Group

East Edge Gardeners

Rainbow Park

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

Quinnipiac River Park

Little Nash

Wolcott And Lloyd

Believe In Me

Fillmore Street

Greenspace Log

Category Date Group Summary
Planning
Planning

06/08/2017

Quinnipiac River Park

While their intern was away for a conference, Tom and Noy hit the pavement to hang up some flyers and talk to more potential volunteers to build the capacity of the group. We hope their hard work will pay off at the kick-off celebration next week!

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/06/2017

Wolcott And Lloyd

At our initial planning meeting, Gwen and I took our pruners to the wisteria vine that has overgrown its trellis and was beginning to strangle a neighboring tree. She filled me in on the work over the last few years, and we discussed how to make the park at Wolcott and Lloyd sustainable into the future.

Planning
Planning

06/05/2017

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

Students from the Spring term of West River Stewards had a meeting to pass the baton to students who will be working at the site during the summer, beginning the week of July 5th. Sharon, the environmental science teacher at the school, shared her ideas and how the site has been incorporated into lesson plans in the past, while soliciting ideas from the team. Current students shared the progress that has been made over the years, and I spoke about the potential for planting at the oasis.

Maintenance
Maintenance

06/03/2017

East Edge Gardeners

I dropped off 1/2 yard of pine mulch at the Hobart bed at 9am today, which we offloaded before planting 3 purple salvias, a black-eyed susan, and a wintercreeper behind the bench. I had to leave for another group at 10am, but Cathy and Sandy were still hard at work!

Planning
Planning

06/03/2017

Rainbow Park

At our second meeting, Chris came by the site to look at the potential placement of a rainbarrel, which turned out not to be a good fit for the area. However, we did find a water line by the entrance to the park, and hope that we can get the parks department on board with using it to get a source of water into the park, which will help with maintenance, which is done exclusively by volunteers.

Planning
Planning

06/01/2017

Quinnipiac River Park

Planning
Planning

05/27/2017

East Edge Gardeners

Today, Cathy, Marion, Sandy, and I toured the beds along Edgewood. Most of them are doing pretty well, although we noticed that someone had deliberately dug up some shrubs and purple salvia, and that some of the PJMs had been damaged by a lawn mower. We discussed the work to be done this year, and imagine continued maintenance with the possibility of replacing a small tree in one of the beds.

Planning
Planning

05/26/2017

Wintergreen Brook at Common Ground

During our initial meeting, I met with Joel and Sharon to look over the site, check on how last year's plantings fared, and discuss this year's plans. We found that the plantings up by the edge of the main road were not doing very well-- many had been crushed by piles of ice from snow plow during the winter. Within the Oasis site itself, we found that deer had chewed heavily on the Witch Hazel that was planted, so we will need to come up with a solution (most likely deer netting). Potential plans for this summer include extending the trail to a community garden to the east, putting down more woodchips, and planting native species, but we are excited to incorporate the ideas of the high school students moving forward.

Planning
Planning

05/26/2017

Rainbow Park

At our initial meeting, Pat and I toured the park, picked up trash and pulled some weeds, and discussed the park's long term sustainability. One of the biggest obstacles facing the park is that it is in an area with many people who rent for a short period of time and so do not always have the time to become committed to a local park. One of our main focuses moving forward will be to figure out how to get more volunteers, particularly those that are interested in becoming involved in the long term.

Planning
Planning

05/25/2017

Quinnipiac River Park

Today, Tom and I met for the first time to talk about the vision for the coming summer, and to discuss how to approach recruiting new volunteers to make sure the project is sustainable. Tree planting at Quinnipiac River Park has been intensive for the last several years, so this year the focus will likely be more heavily concentrated on maintenance and community building.