Richmond Hill Woods City Park

This blog is dedicated to preserving Asheville, NC's largest wooded green space, Richmond Hill Park, from becoming an athletic field complex and National Guard armory. If you want to Save this wooded park WRITE, CALL or email all City Council and Parks and Recreation TODAY. TEll them you oppose the ball fields in this unique, hilly and amazing wooded park. There are better places for ball fields than in the exceptional city park.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Marble Salamanders

We found marble salamanders larvae within the park. This is exciting because this is the second record of them in Buncombe Co., and about the 4th-5th for the Blue Ridge.

Also the wood frogs have been breeding, and on a warm sunny day you may hear them "clacking".

This park has something that no other park in Asheville has. Because this park is relatively large it can, and likely does support higher biodiversity. Clearing out the center of this park for ball fields and an Armory will not only reduce its physical size, but the climate inside the park will also change. This is called edge effect, and has negative effects of habitat, biodiversity and aesthetic value. This will negatively impact amphibian, bird, and plant species found within the park, as well as the uniqueness of the park.

The main reason that a small strip of trees between houses, or along a road is so different that "deep woods" is edge effect, decreased humidity, increased winds, increased temperature variation, increased UV penetration, increased bird nest predation, increased exotic invasive species, decreased biodiversity. Edge effect extends hundreds of feet past the tree line, and the larger the clearing infront, generally the more severe the edge effect. This project calls for 30-35 acres of clearing for the fields and Armory, which is Significant.


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