Upcoming Event on March 23, 2011: Reclaiming Our Parks

In 2000, Lubber Run Park was covered with invasive exotic plant species that were rapidly crowding out and killing the native plants and turning the park into a wasteland of weeds. Neighbors and community volunteers played a critical role in educating the community and pushing for the dramatic restoration of this beloved park. These efforts could serve as a model for restoration of other natural areas in the County.

Join us on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library Auditorium for a program to highlight the importance of individual and community action in reclaiming our parks and natural areas with a spotlight on the success story of the restoration of Lubber Run Park.

We are fortunate to live in an area with parks and natural resources that are more extensive and diverse than might be expected in an urban setting. Within Arlington’s boundaries are globally rare natural communities, old-age forest remnants, wetlands and springs, a number of state champion trees, and unique locations harboring uncommon plants and wild flowers.

However, many of these ecological gems are threatened by encroachment and invasive exotic plant species. Community awareness and action is key to reclaiming these treasures.  Join us on March 23 to learn more about taking action to reclaim our parks.

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