January Volunteer Events

Make a New Year’s Resolution to improve the Mount Vernon Trail. In January, our main focus will removing silt, organic debris and overgrown grass that’s causing water to pool on the trail and create dangerous ice sheets. We will also start tackling the English ivy growing on many of the trees along the trail. English ivy is an invasive species that kills trees by smothering light, causing moisture rot and breaking limbs from excess weight. In addition to killing beautiful trees this increases the risk of injury to trail users from falling trees.

Saturday, January 9th – Trail edging for drainage improvement and English ivy removal – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/133905598249

Saturday, January 16th – Trail edging for drainage improvement and English ivy removal – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/135157460603

Monday, January 18th – MLK Day of Service – English Ivy removal near Marina Towers in Alexandria. – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/133621847543

Saturday, January 23rd – Trail edging for drainage improvement and English ivy removal – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/133911080647

Saturday, January 30th – Trail edging for drainage improvement and English ivy removal – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/135157747461

Monday, February 15th – Presidents Day Event – English Ivy removal near Marina Towers in Alexandria. – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/134283151521

Fixing Trollheim Volunteer Events and Our GoFundMe

The Friends of Mount Vernon Trail are seeking volunteers for multiple events in our ongoing effort to make Trollheim Bridge a little less trollish. Officially called Bridge 31, Trollheim is the wooden bridge next to Theodore Roosevelt Island that has been the site of multiple crashes due to slippery surfaces.

10/31 – Come help us remove the gunk between the board decks that prevents drainage and contributes to mold, mildew and other slippery stuff. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125567909999

11/7 – Come help finish removing the gunk between the deck boards that prevents drainage and contributes to mold, mildew and other slippery stuff. – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trollheim-bridge-cleaning-tickets-127659301407

Saturday, November 14th – Bridge 31 Board Repair – You hear those deck boards flopping around when you ride on the bridge? Come help reattach them. – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125570848789

Tuesday, November 17th – Help remove kudzu from the bridge by the old power plant in Alexandria. Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kudzu-removal-on-the-power-plant-bridge-tickets-128867280505

Thursday, November 19th – Bridge 31 Board Replacement – Come help replace some deck boards that are rotting. – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125571390409

Friday, November 20th – 10 a.m to Noon – English Ivy Removal in Dyke Marsh. This is a Friends of Dyke Marsh event that we’re promoting. Full details are at fodm.org. To sign up, email info@fodm.org and put English ivy control in the subject box.

Ssaturday, November 28th – Help remove kudzu from the bridge by the old power plant in Alexandria. Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kudzu-removal-on-the-power-plant-bridge-tickets-128867280505

Sunday, November 29th – Help remove kudzu from the bridge by the old power plant in Alexandria. Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kudzu-removal-on-the-power-plant-bridge-tickets-128867280505

Saturday, December 5th – Bridge 31 Board Repair – There’s a lot of freaking loose boards. This is a second loose board fixing event. If we run out of boards, we’ll start flipping some of the boards to extend their life. – Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125572507751

Sunday, December 6th – Help remove kudzu from the bridge by the old power plant in Alexandria. Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kudzu-removal-on-the-power-plant-bridge-tickets-128867280505

We’re also raising funds to apply an anti-skid treatment to Trollheim. The super good stuff that will both work and survive heavy use and bad weather is pricey. If you’d like to help, you can contribute at our GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-crash-free-trollheim