Please join us for a few hours of service helping the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) with a community stewardship day at 17 Acre Wood Nature Preserve located on the greenway between Albany Street and Maryland Avenue.
Bring work gloves if you have them. Closed-toe shoes or boots and long pants are recommended.
As ECWA's first preserve, the 17-Acre Wood actually covers 20 acres of floodplain forest. Located in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood near NC School of Science and Math, the preserve extends from Albany St. to Maryland Ave, on both sides of the creek. The Preserve complements two city parks, Indian Trail Park and Westover Park, which border it at either end.
Since the initial purchase, in 2000, volunteers have transformed the Albany Street end of the preserve from an impenetrable thicket of invasive exotic plants into an oasis for people, wildlife, and native plant diversity. Educational signage and a kiosk aid self-guided tours. Represented plant communities include prairie remnant and wetland, in addition to the mature floodplain forest.
More information about the preserve can be found here:
17 Acre Wood Nature Preserve (http://www.ellerbecreek.org/index.php/explore/17-acre-wood.html)
Participants will need to sign standard liability waivers for both ECWA and the Sierra Club. Rain date is Sunday 2/16 at 1pm.