English Ivy up a tree and holly trees all around may seem quaint and pretty, but both are very aggressive INVASIVE SPECIES in the forests of coastal Oregon. As it pretty typical about such things, our United Kingdom friends brought some of these plants with them when they immigrated from England, not knowing how disruptive the plants would be once they got a foothold in nearby forests. The holly competes for forest floor coverage as does the English Ivy, which carpets not only the floor but smothers the trees with a freeway of roots as it makes its way up the tree trunk. It eventually starves the tree to death because it intercepts the nutrient-rich water coming up from the root system.
Watershed council workers say the Ivy Pull on April 20th is part of a continuing effort to keep these invasives out of nearby Jeffries Creek.
At any rate, as you can see from the photos, Ivy Pull organizers need volunteers to chip in and help remove English Ivy and holly from the forest immediately behind the Newport Municipal Swimming Pool. Park just north of the corner of NE 12th and Big Creek Road. Organizers say they’ll provide gloves and some tools but bring pruners, lppers and a tarp if you have them.
The fun starts at 10am, Saturday, April 20th. And there will be prizes for the most ivy pulled!