24 volunteers spent the morning in Lighthouse Park cutting the vines that are taking down older trees and preventing new trees from growing.
The Fort Hale Park Group met for the final planting session of the summer on Thursday evening. The group started its efforts by planting a bald cypress tree in the marsh area next to the naval base. The bald cypress was planted to reduce the reed population and to complement the dawn redwood tree on the opposite side of the marsh. Then, the group planted three eastern red cedar shrubs along the fence bordering the naval base. The eastern red cedars will succeed the Austrian pine trees in the coming years as the Austrian pines fall victim to disease. Finally, the group planted three red-twig dogwood shrubs around the dawn redwood tree that was planted last year. The dogwood shrubs will curtail the growth of the reeds around the redwood, hopefully providing the redwood with some space to grow. The group concluded the evening by thanking everyone for their efforts this summer. The Fort Hale Park Greenspace Group was an absolute pleasure to work with this year.
Fort Hale Park Group met on Thursday evening to plant a swamp white oak in Pardee Seawall Park along Townsend Avenue. The group faced some struggles in digging the hole due to the presence of oyster shells in the soil, but the tree was successfully planted. The swamp white oak represents an ongoing project to replace the Norway Maple trees along Townsend Avenue, which have become brittle and weak with age. Next week, the group will finish out the planting season with a bald cypress tree in Fort Hale Park.