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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Vegetation Management in Durham Parks

The City of Durham has contracted with River Works, Inc. to manage invasive vegetation within the conservation easements along stream restoration projects in Durham. This work is required in order to maintain the health and water quality benefits of the conservation easement. Invasive plants can be detrimental to these areas and degrades their ability to function properly.  The contractor uses blue-tinted, 'aquatic safe' herbicides which are designed to quickly degrade upon contact with water.

Facility use is not expected to be impacted. Operations are weather-dependent but occur on weekdays during daytime hours. The work is limited to spot treatments in the wooded area along the stream bank. Crews typically use backpack sprayers for herbicide application on targeted species and may have other equipment such as chainsaws. Signage will be erected around active work zones.

The vegetation management work will occur at the following Durham Parks and Recreation locations throughout April:

  • Forest Hills Park
  • Long Meadow Park
  • Indian Trail Park
  • Westover Park/West Ellerbe Creek Trail
  • Northgate Park

Please email Lance Fontaine or Daniel Hickey for questions about this project.

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