Tuesday, September 8, 2015

finishing up the planting at Whistler Woods

Last weekend a group of volunteers got many native plants in the ground at Whistler Woods. On Saturday, Sept. 12 from 10 am to noon, there's another workday to complete this project.

Volunteers are needed to finish seeding, planting, and cutting around big gully draining into the Little Calumet River. These new plants will help pollinators, reduce erosion and filter all kinds of nasty runoff before it reaches the river and, ultimately, Lake Michigan, our drinking water.

When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot.

The new arrivals include rye grasses, asters, false Solomon's seal, sedges, and more,  purchased with funding by ArcelorMittal, the steel company next door to Whistler.

How to get there:  Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn onto Forestview.  Nearest exit from I-57 is 127th St. From there, take eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted.

By transit:  Pace 352 bus.

Bring a trowel if you have one. Free lunch. Questions? Call Chris, 773-746-5223. 

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