Next Meetup

Prepare Walnut Creek Park for Phase 2 of the Paved Trail
To get ready for construction of the next segment of the paved Northern Walnut Creek Trail, we will take these steps in the areas likely to be disturbed: Girdle or uproot every invasive tree we find—mainly ligustrums, but also chinaberry, Chinese pistache, and Chinese tallow. We are starting at the planned site of the creek crossing and working back to the trailhead. Do photo forays to find and identify all the native plants in the area. Bring a smart phone along to do this. We're especially interested in finding native plants that are not easy to obtain from commercial sources. At the appropriate time for each species, gather seeds, cuttings, or transplants—whatever it takes to rescue that plant with the highest rate of success. Plant those seeds, cuttings, and transplants in other areas in the park, so their genetic background will remain available to the original locale. On any given date, we can do one, two, or all three of these activities, depending on the weather and your interests. Dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water. Long pants are always wise, because whatever we do we will be traipsing through brush.

Kiosk, Pool Lot Trailhead of Mountain Bike Trail, Walnut Creek Metro Park

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What we're about

Do you care about the environment in North Austin and wish you could do something about it? Then Keep Walnut Creek Wild might be the meetup group for you! We will get out in the greenbelts and parks, replace plants that don't belong here with plants that do, and restore habitats to more nearly natural conditions. Our work will make the water in our creeks cleaner, help our streams flow longer into a drought, and let us enjoy nature when we hike, bike, or play along the creek. Putting our heads together, we will find the resources we need to make this happen. And we will work with any nonprofit, neighborhood association, or meetup group that wants to play a part. Then we'll export what we've learned to other watersheds, so wherever we go we can enjoy Austin as a natural part of Central Texas, not a prefabricated chunk of suburbia.

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