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Help Restore Wildlife in Mason Mill Park

The two-year project will eliminate invasive species along the park's boardwalk trail and replace them with native ones.

A pretty cool, two-year project to help restore native species in is underway.

And the people doing it need your help.

From a post in the Clairmont Heights Civic Association's blog:

The DeKalb County Natural Resources Management Office (NRMO) is a partner with the Atlanta Botanical Garden (ABG) in a grant to restore wildlife habitat in two county parks including Mason Mill Park.  This is a two-year initiative and will include the removal of invasive plant species and the reintroduction of native species along the boardwalk trail in Mason Mill Park.  This work will add to what was done 3 years ago with members of CHCA [Clairmont Heights Civic Association] and the community clearing invasive plants from a section of the park along the PATH [aka South Peachtree Creek trail].   Interpretive signage will be developed and installed along the boardwalk.  ABG is purchasing native plant materials soon to be planted along the trail.  The plants were chosen after evaluation by ABG staff, the Atlanta Audubon Society (another grant partner), and NRMO for their benefits to wildlife, their visual appeal, and their suitability for the steep, rocky slope along the trail.  Help from volunteers from the community is critical to the success of this project.  Please call Dave Butler at NRMO at (404) 371-2540 or email dabutler@dekalbcountyga.gov if you want to be part of this rewarding project.

Sounds like a pretty rewarding project. I've walked that trail a number of times since they refreshed it, and it looks great. It'll look even better when it's 100 percent complete. A lot of people walk it though. Nice place.

Tammy February 28, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Does anyone know why Dekalb county spent all that money cleaning and painting the old water tanks at Mason Mill only to let them fill up with green water and get re-tagged with graffiti?
Mark February 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM
This is great. I like to see this kind of project. I can't wait to see what is planted. This is such a great micro-climate and woodland with plenty of existing native plants. This is one of the few places I have seen Mountain Laurel so close to Downtown Atlanta. THE VENT: It is a shame that the PATH Foundation cut down and destroyed the native plants that were here with a nice preexisting foot-trail when they built the PATH. I counted 15 freshly cut blooming Dogwood Trees back in Spring of 2008 when they built the PATH (I have pictures). There were many Mountain Laurels destroyed also. This sounds like a good project, but what kind of smoke and mirrors is going on here?
Ellie February 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM
@ Mark: Exactly. That park was much nicer when it was wild and not taken over by PATH. Such a shame.
Tammy February 29, 2012 at 02:01 PM
When the PATH came through they put up construction signs which are, strangely, still up on some of the trees. I also did not understand why so many trees had to be chopped down. After walking on the PATH a few weeks ago I also noticed that many of the trees that are close to the trail have died, presumably due to root disturbance when the trail went in.
Margie Hardy February 29, 2012 at 05:57 PM
We've got pictures too of the destruction PATH caused. We liked it a whole lot better when it was natural. With all the concrete in Atlanta & Decatur, why did we need to put it in our woods???

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