One of the sure signs of Spring is the preparation for Bobcat Build. Texas State University students organize a massive, one-day community service effort to provide labor for multiple beneficial projects in San Marcos.
Although Bobcat Build and SMGA have worked together for a number of years at Ringtail, Lower Purgatory and other natural areas, it is Prospect Park that has benefited over the last four years.
|Minnette talks to Dick, Todd, Jo and Jim about exclosures.|
SMGA leaders receive advice from Minnette Marr, member and local resident, each year to plan projects in Prospect Park that enhance and restore the 9 acre section of Purgatory Creek Natural Area. March 1 six SMGA members met with Minnette to discuss possible projects. In addition to necessary trail work, the students are involved in removing ligustrum and other non-native invasive plants.
In the weeks prior to the March 28th event, trail crew and master naturalists cut the invasive trees and treat the stumps with a herbicide under the direction of licensed applicators. When the 30-50 students arrive on Saturday they will lop the trees into smaller pieces and lay them down to slow rain water flowing downhill.
Other students will plant native grasses and wildflowers as part of the restoration effort. Still others will work to repair the trail and create water bars to divert the flow of water off the trail.
The Greenbelt Alliance strives to make getting out into nature a safe and enjoyable experience. The contribution of labor from the students is appreciated.