Trees Atlanta and Wells Fargo Volunteer to Restore the Kirkwood Urban Forest
Building on a 5-year effort to restore the Kirkwood Urban Forest, Trees Atlanta, with support from the Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant, will reestablish this urban forest as a unique community asset for thousands of Atlanta residents.
Formerly a dumping ground for both construction and landscape waste, the Kirkwood Urban Forest will be transformed through the eradication of 7 acres of invasive species and the replanting of a wide variety of native plants which will provide the next generation of growth for this aging and deteriorating forest.
In 2010, the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization created a much beloved community garden but there is still much work to be done with the remaining forested area.
Through this project, we will restore this natural habitat, including the forest and Hardee Creek which flows through the property, involve the community through volunteerism and create a forest restoration site that will serve as a model for similar projects throughout the city of Atlanta.
On Saturday November 16, volunteers from Wells Fargo as well as the neighborhood and the community will be doing a large planting effort as part of this project. Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs which will help to establish a long term stable eco-system in the forest. Over the past 2 years, Trees Atlanta’s flock of goats and sheep has worked to remove English ivy, kudzu and Chinese privet so the time is right to replace these invasive plants with native plantings.
As part of the project, we will also be restoring and stabilizing the stream bank along the portion of Hardee Creek that flows through the Kirkwood Urban Forest.
As an interesting side note, the Kirkwood Urban Forest is historically significant as it was the site of the opening action of the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War in 1864. The creek that runs through the forest, Hardee Creek, was named after Confederate General Hardee who got a late start the morning of the Battle of Atlanta and ran headlong into an already online Union Army.