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'No Ivy League' yanks out invasive ivy in Oaks Bottom

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Although its still early on No Ivy League day, October 5th, Portland Parks Bureau City Nature Stewardship Coordinator Marissa Dorais stands next to a pile of invasive plants pulled from just west of the Springwater Trail in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.In many public parks in the greater Portland area, volunteers signed up with the “No Ivy League” to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This organization was not formed to protest eastern institutions of higher learning – but instead, to periodically sally forth and uproot invasive English ivy in public spaces.

“Our group is here today in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge removing English ivy,” confirmed Portland Parks Bureau City Nature Stewardship Coordinator Marissa Dorais on Saturday, October 5th.

“Specifically, we’re pulling ivy off of trees, and making some buffer areas around the trees, to help keep the ivy away from them,” explained Dorais.

Having the help of volunteers helps the Parks Bureau stay on top of invasive species, Dorais added. “And, this is a great way for people to connect with their local parks and the local natural areas, to know them well and feel connected with them.” All the while, ridding them of invasive ivy.

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