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Group is No Longer Active

posted Apr 27, 2011, 10:16 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Apr 27, 2011, 10:25 AM ]

Due to lack of participation, the president has elected to shut down the Friends of Secor group for now.  If you have an interest in starting it back up, please contact Trish or Alice from the Metroparks volunteer coordinator office.

Jan. 18 - Meeting

posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:17 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Feb 7, 2011, 7:19 AM ]

See attachment for minutes.

Oct. 19 - Meeting

posted Oct 20, 2010, 2:22 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated Nov 2, 2010, 12:28 PM ]

Please see the attached minutes.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS – ALL ARE INVITED  - Friends of Secor Volunteer Recognition dinner is November 16th at 6:00pm!  Bunny arranged to have the ZOOTeens speak!

Have a Great Day!

Frank

Sept. 21 - Meeting Minutes

posted Sep 27, 2010, 5:16 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Sep 27, 2010, 5:25 AM ]

  1. Program: Green Trail walk, lead by Bunny.
  2. Attendees: Bunny, Elaine, Frank, Heidi, and Patty. A good time was had by all!
  3. Financial Update – None. Working second shift, Scott has not been able to make meetings for quite some time. Frank to contact Scott for financial update and to turn books over to Frank until another Treasurer can be found.
  4. Fall Plant Sale – Thank you to Elaine, Kevin, Lisa, Patty, and Frank for working the sale. Although only 24 plants were sold, we had fun. The group decided to have only a Spring Plant sale in 2011 due to decreasing trend of number of plants sold at our recent sales
  5. Frank will forward volunteer names and hours worked to Alice monthly following each group meeting.
  6. Karen volunteered, per email to Trish, to maintain the bulletin board at Secor Park.
  7. Program schedule for early 2011: January is open; February is owl/winter walk; March is potluck dinner; April and May are TBD (Marty will lead pruning program on one of these months); and June is creek cleanup (weekend activity).
  8. Membership slip has been submitted by Matthew, along with $10 donation. Frank is to contact Matthew.
  9. Next Month Program – October 19, 6:00 pm – We will either cleanup the Silver Trail or collect seeds. Bunny is to check on need for trail cleanup and let us know which activity we will do.
  10. MARK YOUR CALENDARS – the Friends of Secor Volunteer Recognition dinner is November 16th! Bunny is going to arrange to have a speaker from the Toledo Zoo. Should be great!

Aug 17th Field Trip

posted Aug 19, 2010, 9:25 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Aug 20, 2010, 12:40 PM ]

Tim S. from the Metroparks took us on a tour of three properties the Metroparks has purchased between Secor and Oak Openings.  The goal is to create a greenway between the two parks (view the map).
 
 

The first property was a restored wet prairie just south of Irwin Prairie...

(click on any picture to enlarge)

Newly germinating buckthorn seedlings growing in areas where the invasive buckthorn overstory was removed.

Metroparks will continue to treat the buckthorn in these areas until the native prairie plants gain control.
 
 
 
The second property was a savanna east of Meilke Rd. where the Metroparks land management group is working to open up the canopy. -->
 
 
 
Tim showing off a native plant. -->  
 
 
Rough blazingstar
Round headed lespedeza (Lespedeza capitata)
 
 
 
 
The final property was a former sand quarry east of Eber Rd. where the land management group has been working to restore the wetlands. -->
 

Ironweed -->  

 

 

Dead tree courtesy of the ash borer.
 

June 15 - Meeting Notes

posted Jun 17, 2010, 6:15 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Jun 17, 2010, 6:26 AM ]

Today’s work project was cancelled due to the threat of rain.  Bunny would like to do the planting at the front entrance in the next week or so.  She will email me when she plans to do the planting and we will post the message here to get as many volunteers as possible to participate.
 
Marty Overhold, Metroparks District Supervisor, is now assigned to Secor Park.
 
No Meeting in July -- have a great summer!  See you at our August meeting which will be led by Tim Schetter, as we visit some recently purchased sites.  Bring your boots and mosquito spray.

Plant Sale - May 15th

posted May 3, 2010, 12:57 PM by The Webmaster   [ updated May 3, 2010, 1:05 PM ]

The Annual Spring Native Species Plant Sale, held by the Friends of Secor Park, will be on Saturday, May 15th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  After a long winter, the planting season is upon us!  Come to Secor Park to choose from many unique plants that are native to our Oak Openings Regions.  Please stop by our plant sale, chat a bit with us, buy lots of plants, and add the unique native species of our region to your home gardens.  The funds we raise are used for projects and efforts aimed at supporting and enhancing the natural, historical, and cultural integrity of Secor Park.

Wildflower Walk

posted Apr 14, 2010, 7:19 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 7:22 AM ]

On Tuesday, April 20th, meet at the Secor Room at 6:00pm for a walk along the Yellow trial to view early spring bloomers. Then join the friends group for their meeting. Price: Free.

Feb 16th Meeting

posted Feb 18, 2010, 11:01 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Feb 18, 2010, 11:52 AM ]

Eight people attended the Feb. 16, 2010 Friends of Secor meeting.  Here are the highlights:
  • The Park Manager reports that the All-Purpose, Red, and Tupulo Way trails are closed due to removal of ash trees. The work will be completed by the end of March.
     
  • March 16th Program: Join us for a potluck dinner at 6:00pm in the Secor Room! Guest speaker is Gary Madryzkowski, Director of Olander Park in Sylvania.
For the complete meeting notes, click on the attachment below:

Metroparks Land Acquisition Update

posted Feb 14, 2010, 8:35 AM by The Webmaster   [ updated Feb 15, 2010, 7:25 AM ]

Presented by Tim Schetter on January 19, 2010.
  • The land acquisition program is funded through 2012.
  • It is hoped that the program can be extended beyond 1012 with additional Clean Ohio funds.
  • The Metroparks is 2/3 of the way to it land acqusistion goal.
  • In 2009, 180 acres were acquired.
  • In 2010, 200 acres are the goal.
  • Tim hopes to lead a tour of recently purchased land for the Friends of Secor meeting on October 19, 2010.

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