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The second entry is "10 questions with an Ecosteward...answers by Kurt Summersgill." Kurt has been with us since 2004 and is always outdoing himself with the amazing work he does eradicating invasives from the hillside above the park.
I actually started working in Frick Park, removing English Ivy, before I knew about the Ecostewards, back in 2002. I'm not sure where I heard about the program!
I like to get outdoors, work with my hands, and destroy things, like invasive species. It's good to go back to an area and see a decrease in invasive plants in successive years.
Frick Park is three blocks from my house, so I can just walk to my Ecosteward area.
It's a great chance to get outdoors and do something helpful for the parks. The training is very good. I've learned a lot about invasive plants, and about plant and tree identification.
Maybe add some more invasive blitzes, where we get a bunch of Ecostewards and friends, and attack different areas of the park.
The annual winter meeting is always good to get an update on the program, and then some training. This year was tree identification. Earlier was information on the Emerald Ash Borer.
Some socializing, some education, then go out into the park for some work.
I'm currently reading 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole.
Stay tuned for more Ecosteward spotlights features! Check out the UES Spotlights Archive for more entries. If you are interested in participating in the Urban Ecostewards program, contact Luke at 412.371.8779 ext.120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.