Lyons Weed Posse
Can you believe that there is a group of volunteers who pull weeds EVERY week for most of the year? It’s called the Lyons Weed Posse, and directed by Cathy Rivers. As of August, they weeded LaVern Johnson Park five times, and not just the popular parts of the grounds, but also the riparian areas. Last year the DIG (Doing Immunity Good) group weeded the grounds monthly, but were not active this year. Cathy describes the weeding work there as “overwhelming.”
Volunteers are welcome to join, whether it is all season, or one time. Cathy reports their hours to LEAF Volunteers, which in turn will benefit LEAF in gaining more funding. A small number of volunteers do weeding on their own, and report their hours to Cathy.
The group of approximately five or six volunteers goes to different spots in town. They sometimes go to areas of our town that they may not be familiar with, such as the Loop Trail, and the cemetery. Later they can point with pride to spots that were weeded to their family and friends. The focus is mainly on riparian areas in pathways, along parks, ponds.
“The group occasionally works with Town of Lyons Parks Department staff when working in an area, like the berm in Bohn Park, when the Town has specifically asked for help in that area,” said Cathy. “This past week, the Weed Posse worked with Lyons Elementary School second graders, Sara Wegert’s class, to weed by the bridge near the Botanic Gardens. They are learning about weeds.”
Thank you to Cathy for keeping this group active for seven years, helping to prevent the use of pesticides by the Town in so many public areas. The Weed Posse meets on Thursdays, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Weather permitting, May through October. Find out more by contacting Cathy Rivers at email@example.com
Goat herd eating weeds, Lyons
“Operation Mighty Goats” by the Town of Lyons: Tackling weed and fire mitigation organically
The Town is working with two goat entities to help with weed mitigation. There is a new herd of 35-40 goats which arrived over Labor Day and working the area west of Horizon Drive, near the playground. The other herd has been diligently digesting weeds over near Park Street in the Confluence area (south of the St. Vrain bridge). They will eat woody/brushes first, then weeds, and then grass. They are being corralled with an electric fence, with multiple warning signs to the public. Do not let your children walk over alone to see the goats. Thank you to the Town of Lyons for using this environmentally friendly means of eradicating brush and noxious weeds, without using pesticides!
Other Lyons “nature” news
Photos by Kathleen Spring
The Lyons Community Farm Project (Tree Forest) is a community project, run with volunteer officers and workers on a leased “Flood property.” They will be having their annual Fundraiser party, with live music, and food and drinks, for a donation of $20. And, a good opportunity to learn more about what they do, and meet like-minded people. It is located at 315-5th Avenue, also called hwy 7, just one property south of the St Vrain River bridge. RSVP to LyonsCFP@gmail.com and pay $20 cash or Venmo. Or, for more info call Adrean Kirk at 908-209-1069. Open to all of the family. Here’s their Facebook page.
If you are cleaning out your yard this fall, and have dug out some excess healthy bushes or perennials, please contact Adrean about donating them.
ELK RUTTING SEASON is happening, and Meadow Park in Rocky Mt National Park is closed every evening until October 31, 2022. Visitors, horseback riders, and anglers must stay on roads and established trails. To read more details on this, go to RMNP. === EAST SIDE OF PARK: Horseshoe Park, Upper Beaver Meadows and Moraine Park; near the entrances from Estes Park. WEST SIDE OF PARK: Harbison Meadow and Holzwarth Meadow; near the Grand Lake entrance.
BEWARE OF BEARS = Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds people to remain bear aware during hyperphagia – a bear’s time to pack on pounds in preparation for winter. Black bears in Colorado will spend up to 20 hours a day trying to eat more than 20,000 calories to fatten up for winter. Most conflicts between people and bears can be traced to easily accessible human food and your trash, as a bear’s natural drive to eat can overcome its fear of humans. When bears become too comfortable around humans, they can destroy property or even become a threat to human safety. CONFLICT AREAS to remove: bird seed, pet food, and barbecue grills. And, do not put your trash cans out till pick up day; and/or buy a bear-proof can.
RABBIT MTN = Mid-week Closures; Sept. 19 thru Jan. 25
Boulder County Parks and Open Space reminds residents that the Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain will be closed weekly, Monday through Wednesday, from September 19 through January 25 for an elk management program, which includes limited hunting.
Ron Stewart Preserve at Rabbit Mountain may be closed Friday, September 16, for a prescribed burn. The park will re-open Saturday, September 17, at sunrise. If conditions are not favorable for operations the park will be open on Friday.
COMPOST WORKSHOPS: Boulder County Public Works Department will hold free workshops on the benefits of composting. Sessions will be held both in person and online, led by the department’s Resource Conservation Division. (Compost bins will be available for purchase before the in-person sessions at the Boulder County Recycling Center, 1901 63rd St in Boulder.) Workshops = Monday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. (virtual)• Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon (Boulder County Recycling Center, Education Room)• Monday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. (virtual)• Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon (Boulder County Recycling Center, Education Room) To register for a session, visit BoCo.org/CompostWorkshop – Go to our “Things to do” in coming weeks if you want to check on dates etc.