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Mountain Way Park Clean-Up Rules and Guidelines

Here are a few simple guidelines for removing invasive species and protecting the creek during clean-up and restoration days:

  1. Safety first Use common sense and don't over-do it. Report any injuries to a MWC organizer (if it's an emergency, don't wait, call 911)
  2. Please take care of the tools If you lose them, we have to pay for them.
  3. Team work We will help you organize into teams ("cutters" and "draggers"); switch off with each other when you get tired.
  4. Pull out the privet by the roots if you can Chinese Privet, Kudzu, Japanese Honeysuckle, Lespedeza and Mimosa are non-native/invasive plant species and very detrimental to the ecosystem. They will grow back if we don’t remove the roots. If it’s too difficult to pull it, then just cut it at ground level (low enough so that nobody trips on the stump.
  5. Tree? Check 1st, Cut 2nd We can remove trees that are smaller than 3 inches in diameter, but we typically do not want to. If you’re in doubt as to whether something should be removed, please ask one of our team captains.
  6. "Limb-Up" Cut all small branches off all trees as high as you can reach.
  7. Cut Ivy from the trees Ivy loves to climb trees but will eventually smother and kill them; cut ivy stems at the base of the tree.
  8. Drag the limbs to the shoulder – after you cut the limbs pile them in small piles near the edge of the road (but not in the road please); we will grind or dispose of them later.
  9. Pick-up exposed trash As you clear the underbrush, you will expose trash. Please remove it immediately. If you don’t, it may languish for another decade.

Thank you – this is a very important project to this community and there is simply no money in our city budget for these types of projects; without your help this would never happen.

For background information on protecting the riparian buffer, see this memorandum reviewing the State of Georgia and City of Atlanta guidelines.

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Emory Volunteer Work Day - November 10, 2012
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August 25th Common Cleanup with Buckhead Christian Ministry

Get involved with Mountain Way Common! Join our Volunteer list to be contacted via email about upcoming opportunities.

There are lots of fun ways to get involved and get to know your neighbors better, including:

Clean Up and Restoration Days

There's much to be done. We need help picking up trash and removing debris, removing invasive species and managing the native plants we want to protect, as well as installing signage and other amenities to help visitors to the Common. We conduct several workdays throughout the year to focus our volunteer efforts.

Release Form

If you will be helping with a site Clean Up or Restoration day, please complete this Release Form and bring it with you.


Park Clean Up Captains Wanted

Volunteers are key to successful work days, and to help with these efforts, we need Volunteer Captains who will help supervise the efforts of our volunteers. Hands on training will be provided to Captains to give them instructions on the work that needs to be done and how best to guide our volunteers. If you are interested, please click on the Volunteer link to register and indicate you want to be a Captain.

Fundraising

If you're interested in helping Friends of Mountain Way Common raise funds to help support design, implementation and maintenance activities, let us know. The Friends are looking for people to help with a variety of events and initiatives and need help in a wide variety of ways. Join our Volunteer list to get involved.