Friends of Hickory Hill Park

Dedicated to preserving Hickory Hill Park as a natural sanctuary for Iowa City.

KT LaBadie - Thu Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:07PM
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KT LaBadie - Sun Apr 20, 2014 @ 01:30PM
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KT LaBadie - Sat Apr 19, 2014 @ 05:55PM
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Photos from our spring 2014 woodland burn are now available on our Facebook page: View Photos Now

If you want to see the burn site in person, take the trail north from the Bloomington Street entrance towards the dam.  You can't miss it.



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KT LaBadie - Sun Apr 06, 2014 @ 07:21PM
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The FHHP annual spring plant sale is scheduled for Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th from 10 am to 4 pm each day. PLEASE NOTE:The plant sale will be held at a new location this year- the south parking lot entrance to Hickory Hill Park located on Bloomington Street.The sale will be held in the pavilion - rain or shine.

New at the plant sale this year - Monarch Madness! We have purchased native milkweed plugs that will also be for sale in an effort to increase Monarch Butterfly habitat in the Iowa City area.Monarchs ONLY lay their eggs on milkweed and these native plants are rapidly declining.A lack of milkweed and other environmental stressors has lead to a huge decline in Monarch populations.

As always, we will also be accepting plant donations in the weeks leading up to the plant sale.Plants can be left in the driveway of 2607 Friendship Street or 435 Rundell Street in Iowa City.  Email friends.hh.park@gmail.com for more information.

Donations raised from the plant sale go towards park stewardship and conservation projects.

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KT LaBadie - Tue Feb 04, 2014 @ 06:17PM
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Volunteers are needed this spring to remove invasive species and repair bridges and trails in the park.  Click here to view dates and register online.  Anyone is welcome and all volunteer days are open to the public.

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KT LaBadie - Tue Nov 26, 2013 @ 09:30PM
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The Friends of Hickory Hill Park (FHHP) will conduct a prescribed woodland burn in an area just to the northeast of woodlandburn.jpgthe Bloomington Street entrance to the park.
 
WHEN
The date and time of the burn are dependent on the weather, but will likely occur sometime during the next month.
 
SAFETY
The burn will be a slow and low controlled fire that will not be visible from other areas of the park, though it will generate smoke. Some of the trails will be closed to ensure the safety of the public.  Volunteers will arrive on site prior to the burn to secure the surrounding area and trails. The controlled fire will last several hours depending on conditions. Site monitoring will last several more hours after the fire is out.
 
OVERSIGHT
The burn will be conducted under the direction a professional land restoration crew from EarthView Environmental. All plan- ning and preparation for the woodland burn has been done under the direction of land restoration professionals and the project is coordinated with Iowa City Parks Department and the Iowa City Fire Department. FHHP has secured a permit from the IC Fire Department.
 
BENEFITS
FHHP has conducted prescribed burns in the woodland and open areas of the park for several years. Prescribed fir is a natural and beneficial element in the development of healthy and thriving woodlands and prairies. A prescribed burn has neither the heat nor intensity of wild forest fire and will not harm native herbaceous plants or mature trees but will help to control some invasive species that threaten the park.
 
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KT LaBadie - Thu Nov 21, 2013 @ 09:29PM
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calendar_cover.jpgThe 2014 Friends of Hickory Hill Calendar is now available for $9.00 at the following locations:
 
Ace Hardware on North Dodge St.
Eble Music

Fin and FeatherIowa Artisans Gallery

Leaf Kitchen
New Pioneer Co-op
Prairie Lights Bookstore
Russ' Northside Service Station
 
Make your annual gift to the park by purchasing a calendar. All proceeds support our efforts to preserve and enhance natural areas within the park.
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KT LaBadie - Thu Oct 10, 2013 @ 06:06PM
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Join Friends fo Hickory Hill Park on the afternoon of Sunday October 20th for our Annual Meeting- AND and a guided informational hike!  Join us for the hike, meeting, or both!  Refershments will be served and all are welcome.

THE ANNUAL MEETING - 3:15 to 4:00 pm - At the south shelter*

  • This is our annual public meeting to elect our board and update our bylaws.
  • Join us to meet the Friends of Hickory Hill Park Board members.
  • Enjoy some free apple cider and dessert.
  • Talk “park” with us!

THE GUIDED HIKE - 4:00 to 5:00 pm - Meet at south shelter*

  • Learn about current work that Friend’s is doing in the park.
  • See examples of prairie, woodland, and other FHHP restoration projects.
  • Learn about future trail and park improvements.
  • Ask questions and share your ideas for the park.
  • Never visited the park?  Now is your chance!

*EVENT LOCATION: The south shelter of Hickory Hill Park is located at the Bloomington Street entrance to the park, where East Davenport dead ends into Bloomington Street.  The south shelter can also be accessed from North 7th Ave north of Rochester Ave.  Visit www.HickoryHillPark.org for a detailed park map or to contact us.

 

 

 

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KT LaBadie - Mon Sep 16, 2013 @ 10:15AM
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Friends of Hickory Hill Park

Environmental Science / Public Workdays – Fall 2013


Open to the public!  Join us!  Click on the links below to RSVP.

 

September 28th (Sat) 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM:  Gravel Trails Maintenance on the East Loop, led by Eric Miller (volunteer: Pete Kollasch).

Repairing erosion areas, applying, spreading and shaping gravel to repair and improve eroded pathways.  Spreading mulch on pathways.  Report to the 1st Avenue Entrance.  See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


October 12th (Sat) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  Gravel Trails Maintenance at the North End, led by Casey Kohrt (volunteer: Pete Kollasch).

Repairing erosion areas, applying, spreading and shaping gravel to repair and improve eroded pathways.  Spreading mulch on pathways.  Report to the North Dodge (Conklin Street) Entrance. See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


October 19th (Sat) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  Bridge and Trail Repair on the East Loop , led by John Kardos (volunteer: Eric Miller).

Building bridge abutments, and filling with gravel or earth.  Repairing erosion areas, applying, spreading and shaping gravel to repair and improve eroded pathways.  Report to the 1st Avenue entrance.   See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


November 9th (Sat) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  Brush Cutting on the Hickory Hill, led by Mike Fallon.  Cutting and piling honeysuckle shrubs and multiflora rose from woodland areas to encourage native plant growth.  Raking of firebreak areas.  Report to the Bloomington Street entrance.   See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


November 9th (Sat) 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM:  Gravel Trails Maintenance / Honeysuckle Removal, led by Casey Kohrt (volunteer:  John Kardos).  Repairing erosion areas, applying, spreading and shaping gravel to repair and improve eroded pathways.  Spreading mulch on pathways.  Cutting and piling honeysuckle shrubs and multiflora rose from woodland areas to encourage native plant growth.  Report to the Bloomington Street entrance.  See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


November 16th (Sat) 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  Brush Cutting on the Hickory Hill, led by Mike Fallon.  Cutting and piling honeysuckle shrubs and multiflora rose from woodland areas to encourage native plant growth.  Raking of firebreak areas.  Report to the Bloomington Street entrance.   See clothing suggestions below.

SIGN UP HERE


Additional Information:

Clothing Suggestion:  For all events, wear close-toed shoes and long pants. If you do not wear close-toed shoes and long pants, you will be prevented from participating. Bring a pair of work gloves, if you can, water and a snack.




 

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KT LaBadie - Thu Aug 01, 2013 @ 05:44PM
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Submit your photos for the 2014 Friends of Hickory Hill Park Calendar.

Deadline: August 20, 2012

Email photos to friends.hh.park@gmail.com or send a CD to P.O. Box 3439 • Iowa City IA 52246

NOTE:

• Photos MUST be taken in the Park.
• Provide your name, address, and e-mail with your submission.
• 15 photos max.
• Please note, we will not return CDs unless you provide a return envelope.

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