Sunday, September 4, 2011

Paradise Lost - Bull Creek District Park

Ben Wear wrote this article in the Sunday 9/4/11 Austin American Statesman on Bull Creek District Park
There is a really neat historical video on this page showing what the park used to be.
Or you can play it with this link:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Volunteer Work Days

Here are the scheduled volunteer work days for Fall 2011 and 2012:

Sunday 10/23 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Saturday 11/12 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Sunday 12/11 9 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Saturday 1/21 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Sunday 2/19 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Saturday 3/17 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Sunday 4/15 - 9 AM-12 Noon
Saturday 5/12 - 9 AM-12 Noon

The normal work time will be 9 AM-12 Noon.
The meeting point will be 5350 Old Spicewood Springs Rd. 78731 unless otherwise announced.
Google Map is at
Schedule changes will be announced here and via email about 10 days before a work day.
We will start at 8 AM on 9/17 to take advantage of the cooler early part of the day.
If you'd like to participate, respond by email to gsnsj AT sbcglobal DOT net so we can plan tools and refreshments.

We will be happy to accommodate special group requests for other dates/times.
Please contact us at bullcreekvolunteers AT gmail dot com

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July-August Volunteer Opportunities

Below you will find the work party schedule for the next few weeks.


22 7:00 AM Invasives along Creek Nature Trail. Volunteers needed: 3

23 6:30 AM Large ligustrum at St Eds. Volunteers needed: 10


7 7:00 AM Paper Mulberry - by parking lot near 7900 Loop 360. Volunteers needed: 10

Additional work parties form as interested individuals suggest them.
Please let me know if you'd like to schedule a specific date and time.

If you'd like to participate, respond by email to gsnsj AT sbcglobal DOT net

George Innis

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Schedule

Below you will find the Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt Schedule for the next couple of weeks. Check it out, see where you'd like to participate, and respond by email to George Innis at
gsnsj at sbcglobal dot net

28 Nothing yet scheduled.
If you'd like to help out, let me know, and we'll set up a time and an activity.

30 6 PM Ligustrum removal. Volunteers needed: 2 more.

2 Nothing yet scheduled.
If you'd like to help out, let me know, and we'll set up a time and an activity.

3 7 AM Chinaberry removal. Volunteers needed: 1 more.

4 Nothing yet scheduled.
If you'd like to help out, let me know, and we'll set up a time and an activity.

5 Early Underbrush thinning. Volunteers needed: 2 more.

7 Early Wire removal. Volunteers needed: 2 more.

6 PM Invasive survey at St Eds. Volunteers needed: 0.

8 Nothing yet scheduled.
If you'd like to help out, let me know, and we'll set up a time and an activity.

9 Early Invasive removal. Volunteers needed: 3 more.

10 Early Remove down cedar. Volunteers needed: 2 more.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Your Personal Fire ProtectionPlan

Austin's drought has created a tinder box for wild fires.
We have lots of open space that is dry and combustible.
Ready, Set, Go brochure is your personal fire protection plan.
Please view it and study it at
Protect you and your family and neighbors.
Have a safe Summer!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Eagle Scout Court of Honor May 21

Akash Thaker got his Eagle Scout award Saturday May 21. He's in the center of the picture along with his fellow new Eagle Scouts and NASA Astronaut Suni Williams who was the guest speaker. At 195 days she holds the record for longest time by a woman in space. She will be going to the Space Station again in 2012 on a Russian Soyuz craft. Akash's Eagle project was to identify and place a map and markers locating native and invasive plants, flowers and trees for public education on the Bull Creek Greenbelt trail adjacent to the parking area and rest rooms at the SE corner of 360 and Spicewood Springs Road. He and his Troop 454 did a superb job. Congratulations Akash!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Work Day May 14

We had a superb work day May 14. Our diverse group of young to old volunteers blazed a new trail link and cleared the under story of a grand old cottonwood tree. Here's the group having a rest break and snack halfway through the project

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Got My Eye on You

Taken at Bull Creek April, 2011 by Jane Caldwell

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Workday Saturday April 9, 2011 9-12

Join us for a Spring workday at Lower Bull Creek Greenbelt on Saturday April 9, 9 am to 12 noon.
It is one of the Keep Austin Beautiful's Clean Sweep locations.
The workday launch location is at
Our volunteers will include employees from REI.
There will be Clean Sweep T-shirts for all who register beforehand with KAB at
Parking will be at a premium, so please come early and carpool.
We will remove invasives and thin vegetation under hardwoods, much as we did on March 13.
The REI crew will help remove large China Berry trees that are close to waterways. The storm last September flattened many of these invasives.
Please wear clothing suitable for working at this site, a hat and sunscreen. Be sure to bring a water bottle.
Snacks and water jugs will be provided at break, about 10:30 am.
Please let us know you are coming so we have enough tools and snacks.
Please email project leader George Innis at gsnsj AT sbcglobal DOT net

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

March 5 It's My Park Day

On March 5 Austin Parks Foundation sponsors
Its My Park Day, IMPD. We'll have two projects.
7-9 AM and 9 AM - Noon
Rock D-Lot
Meet at the unpaved parking lot off 360 at
has some large rocks that threaten vehicle's oil pans, transmissions, exhaust systems, etc. This IMPD project will break up the larger rocks, remove them and some others, and fill and level the holes.
It is scheduled for 7-9 on March 5 so that we can finish before the weekend crowd arrives. We will provide wheelbarrow, rock bars, shovels, pick, and tamping tools. We'll also arrange for an electric jack-hammer and generator to make shorter work of the rock breaking effort.
Rubbish need only be moved to the edge of the parking area and good fill material is nearby on the creek bank.
Show Bull Creek Some Love with CA Technologies

(CA is an IMPD Sponsor). Leaders Bill Talbot and Jerry Levenson.
Meet at The unpaved parking lot off 360 at
The theme of this year’s It’s My Park Day is “Love Your Park” so let’s show nearby Bull Creek Park some love because it definitely needs it. Join in for a fun and
rewarding morning of volunteering as we repair trails and parking lots, and clear out invasive species (ligustrum, mostly) that are running wild. This will be fairly energetic work, so come prepared: old clothes, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle (water will be provided).

Please join us.
To do so you sign up at:

D-Rock D-Lot (for 7-9 am)
Show Bull Creek Some Love with CA Technologies (for 9-12)

Wear close toed shoes or boots, long pants (jeans), long sleeved
shirt, hat, gloves, and eye protection. Wear sunscreen. Bring a
water bottle. BCF will provide tools plus snack and a water tank
at the break.

To help assure a good supply of tools, water, and treats, please
notify bullcreekvolunteers AT gmail by the Thursday before
the work day that you will joining us.

See you on the trails!