Volunteer spotlight: Folks at Faulkes Heritage Woods

Walking through snow in Iowa in early March turns into a rewarding experience for these 17 volunteers from INHF, Trees Forever, the City of Marion Parks and Rec. and Winding Pathways, LLC. The group cleaned Japanese barberry from Faulkes Heritage Woods near Marion.

One of the best kept secrets in Linn County is the 110-acre Faulkes Heritage Woods – located on the Cedar Rapids/Marion border just south of Highway 100 and east of I-380.

On a snowy Saturday in March, 17 volunteers from INHF, Trees Forever, the City of Marion Parks and Recreation and Winding Pathways, LLC, enlisted hand saws and loppers to spring clean the invasive Japanese barberry from the area. Continue reading

Folks at Faulkes: Winter Edition

_MG_9939 ice storm HDRUpdate: This event has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

INHF, Trees Forever, Winding Pathways, LLC. and the City of Marion are hosting our first winter volunteer day on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Faulkes Heritage Woods in Marion, Iowa. Join locals passionate about this public woodland in restoring its native ecosystem.

Volunteers will assist in the removal of invasive species, such as maple trees and Japanese barberry, from the oak woodland. Removing these maples allows sunlight to reach the forest floor, which then gives the native oaks a chance to flourish.

Doing this work in winter offers a new way to experience Iowa, meet like-minded people and observe the natural beauty of the winter woods. Not to mention that there will be less brush, less humidity and–most importantly–fewer bugs.

No experience is necessary to volunteer, and teenagers to adults are welcome! Participants are encouraged to wear extra layers and boots. And don’t forget your handsaws and loppers, if you have them. Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.

To RSVP (recommended), email Dustin Hinrichs at dhinrichs@treesforever.org or call 319-640-0757.

For questions about INHF’s volunteer program, contact Mary Runkel at mrunkel@inhf.org or 515-288-1846, ext. 17.


Folks at Faulkes, an event to restore the ecosystem of the Woods

FaulkesJoin us for an event to restore a public woodland! Japanese Barberry is an invasive plant that has begun to take over the woodland — by removing it, we can help the native ecosystem thrive once again. Come and give back to the woods and meet others interested in doing the same! This is a partnership event involving INHF, Trees Forever, the Marion Parks and Rec and Winding Pathways, LLC. Continue reading