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.

Monday, May 29, 2006

A stump from the tree that was once were Asheville' Largest Forest. This is your city park that is being abused. Posted by Picasa

Another stump from Ricmond Hill Park Posted by Picasa

Another stump from Richmond Hill Park Posted by Picasa

This is what happens when you drive bobcats and bulldozers around in a forest. It destroys everything, and causes erosion. Posted by Picasa

Notice the large white pine logs stacked up for timer. The following quote is from parks and recreation's presentation to the city tree commission.

"Our Findings

Virginia pine volunteer trees cover most of project area.
White pine under story.
Timber quality is low."

It looks like the city failed to tell the whole truth about what trees that would be cut down in the park. And don't forget about the oaks, and the other hardwood trees like hickories and sourwoods that are also getting cut down. No mention of them in the report.  Posted by Picasa

Those dont look like understory tree's to me.  Posted by Picasa

Can you say erosion? NO plants let to hold the soil in place, and a steep slope. EROSION! Posted by Picasa

More passive use Posted by Picasa

More of Parks and Recreation trashing the once beautiful forest of Richmond Hill. Posted by Picasa

This "passive" use has destroyed this part of the forest. The soil is ripped up, and all the smaller trees and shrubs have been killed! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, May 27, 2006

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

This old gnarled oak houses a wild bee's nest, benefiting the ecology of the park. This white oak is roughly 200 years old, but our city wants to cut it down to make way for a parking lot. Where is our city's environmental ethic and stewardship that it says it has?

Please help save these old and majestic oak trees in Asheville's largest forest, Richmond Hill Park. Posted by Picasa

Will our city save this large oak from being cut down to make way for a parking lot? Posted by Picasa

Just a few days ago you could hear the song of warbles, vireos, and scarlet tanagers, now there is an eerie silence. Native wildlife has been displaced from Asheville's largest forest. Posted by Picasa

This is what the forest use to look like, green and lush. Native wildflowers, and understory trees are essential to forest ecosystem. These ecosystems are fragile and sensitive to impacts. A few days after this picture was taken, this area was cleared with bobcats and bushhogs.Posted by Picasa

More passive land use by the city Posted by Picasa

When the soil is ripped up like this, erosion comes quickly and easily. The network of roots and the thick layer of leaves that keep erosion from happening have been destroyed. Cranefly orchids, and mayapple use to grow here.
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This doesn't look like passive activity to me. I don't oppose disc golf, but it is easy to see that it is not environmentally passive like the city says. Posted by Picasa

From construction in the park. Erosion will likely be a serious issue as the slope is steep and the soil is ripped up, and the plant life cleared away. Water will run downhill, and carry soil with it. Posted by Picasa

This is from the construction of the new disc golf course. This is what the city called a passive use of the land. This hillside and valley use to be covered with wild flowers like galax, flame azalea, wild orchids. Now everything less than 4" in diameter has been cut down and bulldozed. Many of the trees that were cut down were flowering dog woods, an important understory tree for wildlife. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Flame Azalea in inbloom in Asheville's Largest Forest. (5/2/06)  Posted by Picasa

The wetland Loop, Mayapples line the trail. (5/2/06) Posted by Picasa

Southern Nodding Trillium, and a wild geranium, and an old stump along the wetland loop of Richmond Hill Park. Photo taken 5/2/06 Posted by Picasa

Dwarf Crested Iris (5/2/06) Posted by Picasa

Southern Nodding Trillium in Richmond Hill Park. This species is on NC's watch list. (Photo taken 5/2/06) Posted by Picasa

A jogger enjoying the cool breeze of the Park. This area is planed to become a parking lot, and ball fields. (Photo taken 5/2/06) Posted by Picasa