August 18th, 2010:

Thanks to everyone who came to the Renfrew Ravine Cleanup!

In more ways than one the Ravine Cleanup on August 14th should be considered a success. In the blistering heat 15 individuals gave up their day to provide stewardship to the ravine, pull out garbage and to help tend to one of the native plant gardens. In total there was three massive piles of plant material that were removed; most of which was highly invasive such as Japanese Knotweed, English Holly and Ivy, and Himilayan Blackberries.

In other ways there are indicators of long term success at revitalization. 14 years ago in 1996 when the first ravine cleanup took place nearly three dumpster were filled with debris that had been dumped into the ravine over the years. On the 14th we pulled out only about 6 garbage bags worth. This fact alone is significant but the change has only taken place because of the dedication of hundreds upon hundreds of individual volunteers over the last decade and a half. Less garbage means that we can focus more attention on invasive species pulls and spend more time planting native plant species.

Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see you all again next time!