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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Liquidate Ligustrums in Walnut Creek Park

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

Ligustrums—specifically the tree-sized Ligustrum lucidum, or glossy privet, ruin our natural areas. They produce no habitat for nesting birds, produce berries that hardly ever get eaten by wildlife, choke out low-growing shrubs with their dense shade, compete with large shade trees for sunlight and water, and choke out groundcovers and small flowering plants when their seeds sprout at densities of more than 100 plants per square yard. That's why we spend so much time battling them. Removing them is the first step in restoring a healthy and diverse ecosystem to our park. We will be doing something to eradicate ligustrums this afternoon, but exactly what we will do will depend on what we've accomplished in the weeks before. We might be uprooting small to not-so-small ligustrums, girdling larger ones, or even cutting down the girdled ones that have already died. Save the date and watch this page for updates! We are likely to be working in thick brush, so dress accordingly—long pants, sturdy shoes, and whatever else the weather calls for. We will be working with sharp tools, so leather work gloves are a must. We can provide them, but if you have a favorite, comfortable pair, bring it!

It's My Park Day: Let's Liquidate Ligustrums!

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

Come on out to our park for It's My Park Day 2019! As usual, we will be putting a major hurt on ligustrums. Come try out some cool new tools! Sign up for the event here (https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/103550-Walnut-Creek-Metropolitan-Park-Liquidate-Ligustrums) to make sure we have an IMPD T-shirt and a KIND bar with your name on it. I imagine there will even a few other bonuses from Austin-area businesses. This event is sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, a partner we are fortunate to have. We are likely to be working in thick brush, so dress accordingly—long pants, sturdy shoes, and whatever else the weather calls for. We will be working with sharp tools, so leather work gloves are a must. We can provide them, but if you have a favorite, comfortable pair, bring it!

The Big Event: Lead Connally High School Students in Service!

Picnic Shelter, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Once a year, the Pflugerville ISD send thousands of high school students out for the morning to do service projects in their community. Last year they did the tremendous work in the area between the parking lot for the pool and the woods by the trailhead. We're lucky enough to be able to invite them back this year. I've submitted several projects for approval. All of them are near the picnic shelter. If you can come out to lead well-motivated groups of students, save the date and watch this space for more details.

Prepare Walnut Creek Park for Phase 2 of the Paved Trail

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

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.

Past events (139)

Learn to Liquidate Ligustrums

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

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