Melvin Hazen Neignbors and Picnic Tables
The goal of my project is an important one for the Rock Creek Conservancy: to restore the natural ecosystem of Rock Creek Park by removing invasive English ivy and replanting native shrubs and herbaceous plants. Invasive species have no natural predators, so they tend to outcompete native plants, disrupting the ecosystem by displacing the animals and plants that rely on natives species to survive. By restoring only one side of the trail, the finished project will also educate visitors, creating a living model of the contrast between the varied ecosystem inhabited by a variety of native species (on one side of the trail) and the boring, homogenous environment created by invasive ivy (on the other).
We can help maintain the biodiversity of this beautiful national park, but we need your help! Native plants are expensive, and so are the tools required to transform Melvin Hazen. By giving even a small donation, you can help us buy a native plant and become a tangible part of Rock Creek's transformation.