Out In The Open (Space): Updates for Week of Feb. 28, 2021

February 28, 2021

Marching on toward the next month (see what we did there), and there’s a lot going on in our world. Let’s not waste any time…

Here’s what’s going on this week in Open Space:

  • Work continues around Lake Elkhorn this week. You may encounter some people with flags who might guide you around equipment and even stop you for a few minutes. These individuals are there to keep crews and pedestrians safe, so please respect their directions. Check the map below for a reminder of the detour you should follow during this project, and thank you for your patience!

Lake Elkhorn reroute

  • We have set a lofty goal for 2021. With the help of our village associations, CA is aiming to plant 1,000 trees in the Columbia community this year. We already have a distanced planting event planned for Owen Brown in April. If you’re interested in being part of the 1K with CA tree planting push, contact your village and encourage them to participate.
  • If you live around the stream restoration project taking place, Ecotone teams are currently in the process of planting more than 7,000 live stakes. Live stakes are dormant trees that will survive the remainder of winter and start growing this spring. 
  • Weed Warriors training starts up again next month with sessions on March 18 and March 25. Learn more about these awesome volunteers and sign up for a training today!

WeedWarriorLeaderTraining for March 2021

  • If you have ever considered going solar, there’s an event for you coming up in March. Columbia residents can join their local co-op to go solar as a group and score a discount in the process. Think about it as buying in bulk. If you want to learn more, CA is teaming up with Civic Works again to provide information on the tax credit program and how to get involved by joining us on Zoom on March 24. Details can be found by clicking here.
  • Villages are starting to plan their Pull & Plant events for the spring. King’s Contrivance has one set for March 28, and Hickory Ridge should mark its calendar for April 18. More details to come…
  • As we get closer to spring, keep the wildlife photos coming! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see them for yourself or spot one of yours on CA’s social media pages. Post your animal shots with #ColumbiaWildlife and we’ll share them with our followers

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