Keep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants

Healthy Bee, Healthy MeKeep Durham Beautiful Seeks Pollinator Garden Applicants – Deadline April 25, 2016

Durham-based community gardens are invited to apply for the “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program  

 
Durham, NC – (April 20, 2016) – Keep Durham Beautiful (KDB) currently seeks applications from community gardens interested in installing a pollinator garden and interpretive signage near an existing community garden space. Eight Durham-based community gardens will be selected to participate in the 2016 “Healthy Bee Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program.
 
The “Healthy Bee, Healthy Me” Pollinator Garden Program is brought to you by Keep Durham Beautiful in partnership with Durham County Cooperative Extension to promote pollinator habitat throughout Durham City and County. The program is made possible in part by a grant from The Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation.
 
The goal of the program is to establish educational pollinator gardens in proximity to pre-existing community gardens to ensure the sustainability of nectar and pollen sources for our honey bees, native bees, butterflies and other pollinators throughout the year, and to increase the yield of the food crops grown within the community gardens. 
 
Gardens selected to participate in the Healthy Bee, Healthy Me program will receive pollinator plants, tool loaning, technical guidance, and interpretive signage. Preference will be given to well-managed community gardens that serve low income or underserved populations, with a focus on food and revenue generation.
 
Our goal at Keep Durham Beautiful is to create more vibrant and beautiful spaces, where our residents are engaged to be good stewards of their community environment. Providing bees and other pollinators with plenty of food sources throughout the year ensures the sustainability of their populations and increases the health and yield of the food crops grown nearby. Establishing pollinator gardens is one of the many ways that KDB promotes community greening and beautification. 
 
For more information or to download the application visit: http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/programs/healthybeehealthyme or contact Keep Durham Beautiful at 919-560-4197.
 
About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagramflickr, and Twitter.
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Keep Durham Beautiful 2016 Bulb Blitz Giveaway

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Keep Durham Beautiful 2016 Bulb Blitz Giveaway

Durham-based community groups are invited to register for the chance to win free flower bulbs

Durham, NC – (February 24, 2016) – Durham-based community groups are invited to join the Keep Durham Beautiful 2016 Bulb Blitz Giveaway. Five community groups will win 100 bulbs each to help keep our community clean, green, and beautiful.

Our goal at Keep Durham Beautiful is to create more vibrant and beautiful spaces, where our residents are engaged to improve their community environment.

Flower bulb planting, a signature Keep Durham Beautiful volunteer effort, is one of the many paths to achieve community greening and beautification.

The giveaway will feature a mix of summer blooming bulbs (Cannas, Daylilies, and Asiatic Lilies) that should be planted by volunteer groups in the spring for optimum performance. All of these bulbs are perennials, which means they’ll come up again each year, beautifying Durham for years.

We believe that programs like the Bulb Blitz help to inspire further beautification and develop practices that will prevent litter, reduce waste and increase recycling, and beautify the community.

Participation Rules for the 2016 Bulb Blitz:

  • Deadline for submission is Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST
  • Registration is open to any Durham-based group. Groups may be: neighborhood, civic, faith-based, non-profit, service, scouts, schools or any other community group
  • Bulbs must be planted by volunteers
  • Bulbs must be planted where visible from public streets or public spaces anyplace within Durham County
  • Winners must plan to pick up bulbs from Keep Durham Beautiful at 2011 Fay Street during business hours within two weeks of notification of bulb delivery
  • Bulbs are expected to arrive between mid-March and mid-June 2016 
  • Bulbs should be kept cool and dry (not freezing, not in the refrigerator, not in warm house) such as a basement or protected garage until planted
  • For optimal performance, bulbs should be planted by groups as soon as they are received
  • Winning groups must submit pictures of (1) volunteers planting the bulbs and (2) of the bulbs blooming 

Register at: http://keepdurhambeautiful.org/our-events/bulb-blitz/

About Keep Durham Beautiful
Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

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Durham to Celebrate Arbor Day March 6

Public Invited to Plant Trees After Ceremony

What: City of Durham 2016 Arbor Day Celebration with Community Tree Planting 

Who: City of Durham General Services Department Urban Forestry Division, Keep Durham BeautifulTrees Across Durham, and Durham City-County Sustainability Office

When: Sunday, March 6, 2016, from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Museum of Life and Science (433 W. Murray Ave. Durham, N.C. 27704)

Fast Facts:

This annual celebration of Durham’s trees is free and open to the public. Activities are suitable for all ages and tools are provided for the volunteer tree planting. The schedule of activities includes:

o   Noon: Ceremonial presentation of the City’s Arbor Day proclamation and Tree City USA award

o   1 p.m.: Tree seedling giveaway and educational table displays, where attendees can choose from eight varieties of seedlings and receive guidance on tree selection, planting, and care.

o   1 p.m.: Arborist equipment demonstration as well as a “Meet a Scientist” lab demonstration.

o   2:30 p.m.: Community volunteer tree planting of 30 trees along North Glendale Avenue

Entry to the Museum of Life and Science is free to all Durham County residents on Sunday, March 6.  Showing proof of residence for each adult is required to receive free admission, and the limit is five children per adult resident. For additional information, or to volunteer for this community tree planting event, sign up online or email info@keepdurhambeautiful.org or call (919) 354-2729.

About the General Services Department

The City of Durham General Services Department creates, manages and maintains City properties to provide best value to the Durham community. The core business functions include: Administration/Business Services, Facilities Operations, Landscape Services, Urban Forestry, Real Estate, Project Management, Cemeteries, and Keep Durham Beautiful. As guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, General Services serves as a steward of the City’s physical and environmental assets. Through annual and long-range facility planning activities, the department plans, provides, and maintains the City’s facilities infrastructure, which supports the community’s quality of life and serves as a foundation of a healthy economy. 

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

About Trees Across Durham

Trees Across Durham is a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community now and in the future through the planting and protection of trees; the education of tree caretakers and the general public about how to maintain healthy trees; and the measurement and communication of the benefits trees provide to the environment and community.

About the Durham City-County Sustainability Office

The mission of the Durham City/County Sustainability Office is to help protect and improve Durham’s environment through wise use of natural resources by providing guidance and resources to City and County employees, businesses, and residents. For more information, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Durham Seeks 2016 Golden Leaf Awards Nominations

Golden Leaf Awards

Golden Lead Award Recipients at the 2010 Golden Leaf Award Reception

DURHAM, N.C. – Beginning February 14, nominations can be submitted to recognize Durham properties that illustrate the best visual or environmental contributions to the community.

The Durham City-County Appearance Commission, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board are seeking 2016 Golden Leaf Awards nominations, which recognize new developments, buildings, and landscaping in Durham County that provide positive attributes to the built environment.

Nomination categories include Neighborhood Garden & Landscape; Hearth & Home; Adaptive Reuse–Old Building New Design; Small Development (under 12,000 sq. ft.); Large Development (over 12000 sq. ft.); Keep Durham Beautiful; and Sustainable Design.

Homeowners, building owners, architects, landscape architects, developers, realtors, and anyone involved in design, planning, and construction are encouraged to enter projects completed within the last five years. Residents who think there are certain Durham properties that have outstanding curb appeal are also invited to nominate those properties.

Visit the Golden Leaf Awards website to review complete descriptions of the categories, submission criteria, and nomination forms. Submissions can be made beginning Sunday, February 14, 2016, and are due by Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Winners in all categories will be honored with a Golden Leaf award at this year’s awards reception and ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Durham County Government Administrative Complex Commissioners’ Chambers, 200 E. Main Street, Durham. For more information, contact Planning Supervisor Aaron Cain with the Durham City-County Planning Department at (919) 560-4137, ext. 28226 or by email.

About the Durham City-County Appearance Commission

The Durham City-County Appearance Commission is made up of 15 members, seven appointed by the City Council and eight appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Its mission is to cultivate excellence in design, preservation and stewardship of the natural and built environment; to communicate the economic, social, and aesthetic value of good design and planning; and to celebrate exemplary design within the community.

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

About the Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board 

The City of Durham and Durham County jointly established the Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) in 1991, in recognition of the importance of local cooperation on environmental issues. The EAB is an advisory board of appointed volunteer citizens to provide the City and County with expert and comprehensive advice on various environmental matters. It is also a mechanism for facilitating communication between the public and local government leaders. The EAB considers topics such as watershed protection, natural resource protection, air quality, environmental impacts of industrial development, environmental education, green building design, energy conservation, and global climate change.

Can I recycle this? Your Recycling FAQs answered

Recycling Tour - January 2016

Durham residents joined Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department on a guided tour of the Sonoco Recycling plant in Raleigh.

Last month, Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department partnered together to offer a free bus tour of the Sonoco recycling facility in Raleigh, NC.

The tour featured a trip to the City of Durham’s new transfer station, where our solid waste and recycling is consolidated into larger trucks then hauled either to the landfill or recycling plant, respectively. Following the life of our recycling from curbside to market, the tour made its way to the Sonoco Recycling Plant where our single stream recycling in Durham is sent after it is collected.  Sonoco is a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) that sorts and prepares recyclable materials to sell to manufacturing end-users. The manufacturing end-users turn our paper, plastics, and metals into new products, keeping these materials out of the landfill.

Interested residents took a guided tour through the state-of-the art facility and saw how a combination of manual and mechanical sorting allowed Sonoco to separate and bale the various materials (aluminum, steel, cardboard, mixed paper, and different types of plastics) with impressive accuracy. Afterwards, everyone was welcomed to ask both City of Durham Solid Waste Management and Sonoco representatives their burning recycling and waste reduction questions. Here are some of the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions related to recycling in Durham:

Recycling FAQ’s:

Recycling Tour - MRF

Sonoco Recycling is a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) that sorts and prepares recyclable materials to sell to manufacturer end-users. Durham’s single-stream recyclables go to this recycling plant in Raleigh after collection.

Can I recycle phone books?

Yes. You can recycle your old (or new, but unwanted) phone books in the recycling bin. Want to opt-out of receiving phone books at altogether? Visit: https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/

Can I recycle pizza boxes? What if they have some residual grease?

Yes. Pizza boxes are recyclable, even with some grease, but remove all trash and as much food residue as possible.

What should I do with plastic bags?

Plastic bags are not accepted in our single-steam recycling bins. They actually will shut down the machines at the MRF. You can recycle plastic bags and other film plastics (such as case wrap, produce bags, food storage bags, newspaper bags, and bubble wrap) at most local grocery stores. To find the nearest drop off location for film plastics, visit: http://bit.ly/1plMotU

How do I recycle my electronic waste?

Electronic waste can be taken to the quarterly E-Waste and Recycling Events hosted by the City of Durham. Don’t want to wait until the next event? Residents are invited to drop off e-waste at the City Transfer Station or County Convenience Sites. Triangle Ecycling and Kramden Institute will also accept computer equipment at no charge.

What should I do with confidential papers?

Confidential papers should be shredded and placed in a clear bag before recycling. You can shred and recycle confidential papers at the quarterly E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event. City residents can also bring up to 4 boxes of paper to shred to the transfer station (2115 E. Club Blvd) on Wednesdays by appointment (919-560-4505).

Which number plastics can be recycled?

You can recycle all plastics in your single-stream recycling bin except #6 (polystyrene) which is Styrofoam and plastic bags and other film plastics (see above question about recycling plastic bags).

To learn more about what is recyclable in Durham, please refer to the City and County’s websites:

Want to join us for the next recycling plant tour?

Keep Durham Beautiful and the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department will be offering periodic tours to the recycling plant in Raleigh. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up for the monthly Keep Durham Beautiful newsletter featuring volunteer opportunities, bulb and tree seedling giveaways, community grant opportunities, recent KDB news, and information on events such as the recycling tour. You can register for our newsletter here: http://bit.ly/1Q0TfHs or email info@keepdurhambeautiful.org.

Erin Victor is an AmeriCorps Project GEOS Service Member working on environmental outreach and volunteer coordination with Keep Durham Beautiful.

Durham Hosts Tree Care 101 Workshop

What: Tree Care 101 Workshop

Who: Trees Across Durham

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Northgate Park 300 W. Club Blvd. Durham, N.C. 27704

Fast Facts

  •  Trees Across Durham is hosting a free tree care workshop to provide volunteers with handson experience while planting and tending to the trees along the Ellerbe Creek Stream Restoration Project, which runs through Northgate Park.
  •  Participants will learn about tree planting, pruning, and other tree care topics. They will also discover the critical role played by trees and forests for stream health and water quality. Tools and gloves for the workshop will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible. Participants should also dress appropriately for the weather and bring water to drink.
  •  Workshop partners include Keep Durham Beautiful, City of Durham General Services Department Urban Forestry Division, Durham City-County Sustainability Office, City of Durham Public Works Department Stormwater & GIS Services Division, and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Division of Mitigation Services.
  •  For additional information or to register for this workshop, visit the Registration Web page or call (919) 560-7993.
  • Additional tree planting volunteer events are being held throughout January and February 2016. Information on all upcoming events is available on Greener Durham’s website.
  • Trees Across Durham is a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community now and in the future through the planting and protection of trees; the education of tree caretakers and the general public about how to maintain healthy trees; and the measurement and communication of the benefits trees provide to the environment and community.

Share! Register now for free #Durham Tree Care 101 Workshop on Jan. 23 http://tinyurl.com/TADevent

Durham Hosts E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event Jan 16

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Live Christmas Trees Will Be Accepted at Free and Convenient Event; Open to All Durham Residents and Businesses

DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents and businesses looking for an easy and free way to recycle electronic waste, shred confidential documents, and dispose of live Christmas trees should attend the City of Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event next month.

The event will be on Saturday, January 16, 2016, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the visitor side of the Durham County Memorial Stadium<http://dconc.gov/residents/county-stadium>, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics, paper, and Christmas trees. Hard plastic toys as well as plastic and metal lawn furniture may also be dropped off for recycling.

The event, sponsored by the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department<http://durhamnc.gov/832/Solid-Waste-Management>, Sonoco Recycling<http://www.sonocorecycling.com/>, Shimar Recycling<http://www.shimar.com/>, Synergy Recycling<http://www.synergyrecycling.com/>, and Durham County Government<http://dconc.gov/>, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:

  • *         Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
  • *         Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
  • *         Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
  • *         Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
  • *         Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, and vacuum cleaners
  • *         Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
  • *         Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
  • *         This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon.

Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:

  • *         Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
  • *         Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
  • *         All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
  • *         Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
  • *         Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.

The Solid Waste Management Department<http://durhamnc.gov/832/Solid-Waste-Management> will collect live Christmas trees from all solid waste customers from December 28 until February 6. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Residents are asked to leave the tree at the curb for one week before contacting Durham One Call<http://durhamnc.gov/1439/Durham-One-Call> at (919) 560-1200 to report a missed tree collection. Live Christmas trees can also be dropped off for disposal during this event. Requirements for live Christmas tree disposal include:

  • *         Trees taller than six feet should be cut in half.
  • *         Remove all decorations and hardware, including tinsel, lights, garland, ornaments, nails, and stands.
  • *         Do not place trees in bags.

Residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center<http://durhamnc.gov/878/Waste-Disposal-Recycling-Center>, located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Live Christmas trees will also be accepted at the facility at no charge until February 6. Trees delivered after February 6 will be subject to the usual disposal fees. For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call<http://durhamnc.gov/1439/Durham-One-Call> at (919) 560-1200 or visit the City’s Solid Waste Management Department Web page<http://durhamnc.gov/832/Solid-Waste-Management>.

About the City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department The Solid Waste Management Department<http://durhamnc.gov/832/Solid-Waste-Management> promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient, and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling, and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. The departmental supports the City’s Strategic Plan<http://durhamnc.gov/183/Strategic-Plan> by providing professional management that contributes to creating thriving, livable neighborhoods as well as an innovative and high-performing organization.

America Recycles Day

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Earlier this week we celebrated America Recycles Day (ARD), a national Keep America Beautiful initiative that seeks to raise awareness about recycling each November. Started in 1997, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. According to the EPA, the average individual produces 4.4 pounds of waste PER DAY [1]It is estimated that 75% of this waste is recyclable, however only 30% is currently being recycled [2]. Clearly, we have room to REDUCE our waste stream, REUSE materials we purchase, and increase the amount of materials we RECYCLE.

This year, the theme of America Recycles Day is “Bathroom, Bags & Gadgets.” In efforts to increase the national recycling rate (34.3%), ARD efforts this year are focusing on recycling common products that are often forgotten about – like shampoo containers, plastic bags, and personal electronic devices like phones and tablets. Now, it should be noted- not all of these items can go into your single stream curbside recycling bin that you have at home, school and work. Check out this Recycling Locator to identify where you can take some of those items you are not sure what to do with- such as plastic bags and other film plastics, electronic devices, and clothing. For more information about what you can put in your curbside recycling bins, here is a helpful guide put together by Durham County’s Solid Waste Management department

Why Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?

  • To conserve natural resources. Did you know that recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees [3] and recycling one ton of plastic can save up to 2,000 gallons of gasoline? [4]
  • To save energy. Did you know that recycling aluminium requires 95% less energy that making it from scratch? The energy savings are  70% for plastics and 40% for paper. [5]
  • To save landfill space. Did you know that more than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in the landfill every year? That’s the equivalent of filling up two Empire State Buildings every three weeks. [6]
  • To create jobs. Did you know that for every job created by burning or burying waste, 25 recycling-based manufacturing jobs can be created from the same amount of waste? [7]
  • To reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know that if the U.S. can raise its 34.5% recycling rate to 75%, it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road? [6]

How you can get involved:

How do you Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle at your home, school, work, or organization? Let us know about your efforts to reduce waste and keep Durham clean and green. 


Sources:

  1. Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  2. 11 Facts About Recycling, dosomething.org 
  3. Recycling Fun Facts, The University of Michigan, Plant Operations
  4. Recycling Facts, MRC Polymers
  5. The price of virtue:How to get people recycling more – even if they do not particularly want toThe Economist June 7, 2007.
  6. Recycling Facts, Recycle Across America, 
  7. Recycling Works Fast Facts, Recycling Works 

Volunteers Needed for Historic Geer Cemetery Cleanup on Saturday October 17th

Keep Durham Beautiful teams with Friends of Geer Cemetery to lead volunteers in beautification project

What: Volunteer Cleanup at Historic Geer Cemetery – Volunteers will collect litter and tree debris, remove vines, and protect the grave markers.

When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Where: 800 Colonial Avenue, Durham, NC

Why: Geer Cemetery is a four-acre wooded Cemetery in East Durham and the resting place of many of the earliest generations of African Americans in Durham. No group claims ownership of the historic Durham cemetery which remains largely unmaintained and will benefit from the care that these volunteers will provide. Friends of Geer Cemetery formed in order to reveal its significant history and help advocate for this beautiful, rustic and historic public space in Durham. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th constitutional amendment abolishing slavery and an observance is planned later in the year at Geer Cemetery.

Who: The general public is invited to join Keep Durham Beautiful, Friends of Geer Cemetery, City of Durham General Services, and University of Tennessee-Knoxville student volunteers to help beautify the cemetery. Gloves, tools and water will be provided by Keep Durham Beautiful. The City of Durham Department of General Services will assist with debris removal.

Fast Facts:

  • Ron Bartholomew and Wayne Tabron of Durham Marble Works will present a short workshop at the cemetery on resetting and cleaning grave marker stones from 12:30-1:00 pm before the cleanup.
  • The Friends of Geer Cemetery plans to observe the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th constitutional amendment abolishing slavery on December 4, 5 and 6 with the following events in Durham:
    • December 4: Wreath-laying ceremony at Geer Cemetery
    • December 5: Libation ceremony at Stagville State Historic Site
    • December 6: Honorable Judge Allyson K. Duncan, U.S. Circuit Court Judge 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will be the Keynote Speaker at the Friends of Geer Cemetery commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution at White Rock Baptist Church.
  • Friends of Geer Cemetery is a volunteer group meeting monthly to advocate for Geer Cemetery. Its mission is to honor those who lie at rest in the Cemetery, and to preserve Geer Cemetery for posterity.
  • For more information about Saturday’s cleanup or other volunteer projects contact Keep Durham Beautiful at (919) 672-6682 or tania@keepdurhambeautiful.org.

About Keep Durham Beautiful Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website, like on Facebook, and follow on Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

Durham Encourages Residents to Help Prevent Cankerworm Tree Damage

 

Trees Across Durham Offering Free Workshops and Tree-Banding Materials

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DURHAM, N.C. – Residents interesting in preventing the damaging effects of cankerworms on Durham’s trees should volunteer now to take action to protect their own trees and others in the community.

Trees Across Durham, a broad-based partnership dedicated to making Durham a healthier and greener community by planting and protecting trees, is offering free workshops and free tree-banding materials as part of the new “Band Together” Campaign to help residents tackle cankerworms, which have reached outbreak levels in Durham over the last few years.

According to Urban Forestry Manager Alex Johnson with the City of Durham General Services Department, cankerworms are more than just a nuisance. “Cankerworms deplete a tree’s ability to respond to stress by stripping them of their early spring leaves, which forces them to re-grow their canopies from stored reserves before they can begin to generate the nutrients they need to grow and defend themselves,” Johnson said. “Cankerworms are also a nuisance, descending from tree canopies onto cars, houses, lawns, sidewalks, and people. They are indiscriminate feeders upon all plants while they make their way from their hatching sites in the trees to the ground where they pupate.” 

One of the most effective ways to reduce cankerworm populations and save trees is through tree banding. The banding process includes wrapping trees with a sticky barrier, which blocks the flightless female moths from crawling to the tops of trees and laying eggs. This successful technique stops the cankerworms from reproducing which reduces their populations and their damaging effects when a majority of trees in an area are properly banded.

Workshops planned in the coming weeks will teach residents how to properly band their own trees, and volunteer days are set to target several neighborhoods for tree band installations. Residents are encouraged to register for the workshops and volunteer banding days to get updates on locations or rescheduling.

 Workshops:

Volunteer Banding Days:         

  • Thursday, October 15, 2 p.m. – Walltown, meet at the intersection of Green and Berkeley streets
  • Thursday, December 3, 1 p.m. – Old North Durham, meet at Bay-Hargrove Park, 208 Hargrove St.
  • Tuesday, December 8, 1 p.m. – Walltown, meet at the intersection of Green and Berkeley streets

Residents who plan to install tree bands on their own trees should do so by Halloween, and then apply the special glue by the first hard freeze (usually around Thanksgiving). Bands should be removed by May 1 to prevent rot during the hot, humid months.For the second year in a row, the Durham County Main Library, located at 300 N. Roxboro St., will have free tree-banding kits available for checkout by October 16 until the end of December. Kits include materials and tools to band approximately two medium-sized trees. Durham County received the National Association of Counties Achievement Award for offering this innovative banding kit check-out program last year.The “Band Together” Campaign is a partnership between Trees Across Durham, City of Durham, Durham County, Keep Durham Beautiful, and other community organizations to encourage residents to take steps now to reduce cankerworms. For more information about cankerworms, including a video which explains how to band a tree, as well as workshops and volunteer days, visit Trees Across Durham, email, or call (919) 560-7993.