Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ward 8 Woods project accelerates pace of clean-up

This spring, the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway and the Anacostia Coordinating Council secured grants from the DC Office of Planning and DC Department of Energy and the Environment.

The resulting project, christened Ward 8 Woods, works to reverse decades of neglect by employing Ward 8 residents to remove trash and invasives species from the extensive but underappreciated wooded areas in Ward 8.

Nathan Harrington, founder and chair of the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway, serves as project manager and crew leader. 

One month in, our Park Stewards have accomplished a lot:

-Removed nearly 4,000 pounds of trash from Ft. Stanton Park

-Removed over 3,000 pounds of trash from Shepherd Parkway

-Removed 2,000 pounds from Oxon Run Parkway

-Filled 356 large trash bag.

-Cut invasive vines from over 120 trees

Stewards have braved DC's summer heat and humidity, scrambled up and down muddy slopes, crawled through brambles, hauled long-abandoned carpets and lock-boxes, and sawed through vines ten inches thick.

We will continue working 20 hours a week through the end of September, after which our schedule will slow down and continue until March 2019.

Want to be a part of the action? The crew works most weekdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and volunteers are always welcome to join. Send up as message for details and meeting locations.

In addition to paying the Stewards a fair wage of $15 an hour, the project requires funds for tools, outreach materials, Gatorade and snacks.