Americorps Visits Buford Park
At Buford Park, trail improvement is a continuous process. There is always work to be done, which is one reason that we love our volunteers. However, some projects require more labor than our staff and local volunteers can provide. That's why we were thrilled recently to welcome a crew from AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
Thanks to a request from the Lane County Parks Department, this crew spent a total of seven days working on five projects within Buford Park. One of the larger projects--improving the upper section of Trail 1--required three full days. This heavily trafficked trail leads to the summit, but as frequent hikers might have noticed, heavy rains often lead to trail erosion.
The NCCC crew dug rolling dips in the trail, which improves drainage, thus preventing erosion. Over those three days they constructed seventeen of these rolling dips and also cleaned out three existing ones. We were so thankful for their hard work and know that our visitors will appreciate the results.
Volunteers are key to our success at the native plant nursery and in the field. Join us year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month for some experiential learning about cultivating native plants and to share your knowledge.
We work 9am to 12 noon except for the summer months, when we start at 8am to beat the heat. No experience necessary. We provide tools, gloves, snacks, and instruction.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Groups welcome within COVID-19 guidelines.