Shevlin Park is a valuable and precious resource in Central Oregon. Tom Shevlin, a lumber businessman, donated the land to the city in 1919 with the stipulation that it remain a natural park for the public to enjoy, in perpetuity. The park was established in 1921 by the City of Bend and has been managed by the Bend Park and Recreation District since 1974.
The ecosystem in Shevlin Park supports a diverse mix of habitat. It encompasses over 900 acres of mixed conifers and volcanic rock outcroppings, with Tumalo Creek tumbling along the canyon floor, and is host to many native plant species, migratory birds and wildlife.
The park, like all living things, requires stewardship of its natural resources. Virtually all of the world's seed plants need to be pollinated. This is just as true for cone bearing plants, such as pine trees, as for the familiar flowering plants. With adequate pollination, wildflowers reproduce and make new seeds for dispersal, help maintain genetic diversity within a population and make fruits to attract the seed dispersers. Flowering plants also help clean the air, purify the water and stabilize the soil. They have a big job! And a vitally important one! As you plant today think of the good you are bringing to the park and the pollinators - the birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, the bees!
Your job, should you wish to take on this great opportunity, will be helping restore a part of the open meadow by planting a variety of native high desert pollinator plants. With our help, Bend Parks and Recreation hopes to make this area a healthy, inviting habitat for all to enjoy!
We will meet at the parking area, posted coordinates, from 8:00-8:30 am. From the parking area we will walk to the project site (about 1/4 mile). At the restoration site we will divide up the plants that BPRD provided and head out to the meadow. Then we dig and plant away! Once complete we will pack out the used planting tubs and leave them in the trailer provided by BPRD. They will be returned to the nursery for recycling.
Weather in Oregon is always unpredictable. Dress like you would for caching in the high desert.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
Sturdy work gloves are recommended, along with either closed toe hiking shoes/boots or muck boots (since we'll be working streamside) and older work clothes you don't mind getting dirty. And I would keep your rain gear in the car, just in case.
Drinking water (THERE IS NO WATER AVAILABLE)
Possibly a hat
And don’t forget tools (if you have them)
Planting spade or shovel
Buckets for hauling plants
Anything else you can think of to help with planting
WHAT BPRD WILL PROVIDE:
BPRD will provide direction for the project and will have a volunteer waiver/sign in sheet for the event.
First Aid Kit
Trash Removal/recycling after the project
We know several of you are experienced with planting and gardening so we’re counting on you!
Also, on the tail end of this CITO will be a Community Celebration by TurtleLP
BYOPL&FT-Bring Your Picnic Lunch & Favorite TOTT