Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The December 19, 2015 event at Wallace Marine Park is CANCELLED

The December 19, 2015 ivy removal event is cancelled, due to expected high water. Please mark your calendar for January 23, 2016 -- we will be at Woodmansee Park.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

January 2016: Free Native Plant Propagation Workshop!

The Polk, Marion and Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Luckiamute Watershed Council are partnering to bring you this great workshop presented by the USDA Corvallis Plant Materials Center.

At this workshop, you will learn:
  • Propagation of native riparian trees and shrubs from cuttings and seed
  • Winter Twig Identification
  • Seed Collection Techniques—how and when to collect seed
  • What plants are best to buy as Bare Root plants
  • Plant Collection and Permit Information

Plant selection will focus on riparian plants and will include: willows, dogwood, elderberry, mock orange, spirea, oceanspray, cottonwood, Oregon ash, Oregon Grape, vine maple and others.
Admission is FREE but please RSVP by January 19: 
503-391-9927 or office@marionswcd.net

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wallace Marine Park, November 21, 2015

A great bunch of volunteers tackled the ivy infestation at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Oregon today!  We'll be back on December 21 to do more work; please join in!

Ken, volunteer crew leader, giving orientation 

Some of our volunteers

volunteers -- chilly morning!

Super volunteers and hard workers
Getting some great work done

Steve takes on ivy

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fircrest Park Ivy Removal

A great time was had and lots of ivy and other invasives were removed!  Here are a couple of photos of the huge amount of ivy the volunteers removed...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 19, 2015 Ivy Pull at Wallace Marine Park


Removing all vines...

Thank you, volunteers.

Deep in a thicket working hard, thanks!

Saving trees makes you smile!

Another great volunteer!

Making sure all stems of ivy are removed.

Young trees will get a chance to grow big when ivy is removed.

Branch of tree weighed down by ivy.

Branch broken due to weight of ivy.
The ivy's alive while the branch died.

Saving a tree!

Hard working volunteer!

Clearing space around tree gives it a head start
against ivy regrowth

Saving a giant tree....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

September 19 volunteer opportunity

  • Saturday, 09/19/2015

    9:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Wallace Marine Park

    200 Glen Creek Road NW.
    Salem, OR
Come on out and volunteer at Wallace Marine Park, along the beautiful Willamette River! We'll be maintaining trails, picking up litter and saving trees from English Ivy. Snacks and water will be provided. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Chemeketa students at Waldo Park - July 10, 2015

A great crew!

Great job, Virginia (Salem No Ivy Coalition crew leader) and CCC students Jonathan Ford, Karina Anguiano Solorio, Coty "Ox" Wheeler and Jose Raul Magana!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Waldo Park ivy roots

Here are some recent photos of the ivy at Waldo Park. We have removed the thick upper mat of ivy. You can see how the ivy is already greening back up from the remaining roots. Join in on July 25 and August 22 to work on removing the roots!

Monday, May 11, 2015

May 23, 2015 Woodmansee Park Ivy removal

The last scheduled ivy removal event at Woodmansee Park this spring is Saturday, May 23, 2015.  We'll be working on both ground ivy and tree ivy.  All tools and gloves provided.  Time is 9 AM to Noon.  Removing ivy can be a dirty job so come prepared in long-sleeved clothing and sturdy shoes.

To register, please contact Tibby Larson, Parks Volunteer Coordinator, (503) 589-2197 or e-mail TALARSON@CityofSalem.NET.

We'll have an orientation for volunteers, but if you want a head start, watch this video from Portland No-Ivy League ---

Video link here.

Woodmansee park is at 4629 Sunnyside Road SE   View Map

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 Ivy removal at Waldo Park

 Photos from the May 1, 2015 Waldo Park Ivy pull are in this Picasa album taken by Stephanie Hazen.

The top of the thick ivy mat has been removed.  Now we will return several times to remove the roots of the ivy.  Stay tuned for more work parties at this park to accomplish this.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Waldo Park ivy removal continues!

There is still lots of work to be done at Waldo Park!

A work party is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 9 AM to Noon.

Join in as we continue to work on ivy removal.

Tibby Larson
Volunteer Coordinator, City of Salem Parks
Phone: (503) 589-2197
 E-mail:  talarson@cityofsalem.net

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Plants to save!

When working in woodsy parks or other areas in the valley removing English Ivy, you may encounter some shrubs and plants that are native, and which we want to save.  It is more time consuming to work around native plants when removing ivy, but those plants are the keepers!

Here are some photos of a few common native plants in Salem...all photos courtesy of The Wild Garden  --- Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database --- which is extensive and includes  native plant photos and information.

Tall Oregon Grape

Osoberry (Indian Plum)

Western Trillium

Sword Fern


Sessile Trillium