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Ward 8 Woods Healing the land and empowering people since 2018

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Our Park Stewards are cleaning up Shepherd Parkway near Fort Greble Park today! #TrashFreeDC #CleanItClaimIt
02/18/2022

Our Park Stewards are cleaning up Shepherd Parkway near Fort Greble Park today! #TrashFreeDC #CleanItClaimIt

Good morning from Shepherd Parkway. Our Park Stewards are cleaning here today! #TrashFreeDC #CleanItClaimIt
02/18/2022

Good morning from Shepherd Parkway. Our Park Stewards are cleaning here today! #TrashFreeDC #CleanItClaimIt

We are cleaning up Shepherd Parkway today, right behind Brothers Place and MLK Ave SE with a group of volunteers! #Clean...
02/12/2022

We are cleaning up Shepherd Parkway today, right behind Brothers Place and MLK Ave SE with a group of volunteers! #CleanItClaimIt #TrashFreeDC

Our Park Stewards and a donor/volunteer are cleaning Oxon Run Park today. #CleanItClaimIt #TrashFreeDC
02/11/2022

Our Park Stewards and a donor/volunteer are cleaning Oxon Run Park today. #CleanItClaimIt #TrashFreeDC

02/10/2022

This motorcycle has been buried in the mud by Oxon Run for at least 20 years. Must weigh thousand pounds. Pardon the profanity in this video- it was hard.

02/10/2022
Cannabis is a gift from nature, and brings many users closer to nature. Unfortunately, the industry has become a major s...
02/08/2022

Cannabis is a gift from nature, and brings many users closer to nature. Unfortunately, the industry has become a major source of trash pollution. This needs to change.

On Saturday 34 volunteers from the Airmens Leadership School at Joint Base Andrew's removed more than 3,600 pounds of tr...
02/07/2022

On Saturday 34 volunteers from the Airmens Leadership School at Joint Base Andrew's removed more than 3,600 pounds of trash from the Good Hope Road, 18th Street and U Street sections of Fort Stanton Park.

02/07/2022

Trashy whirlpool, Oxon Run

Here's an elevation map of DC. The gray is flat. The red are hills. The green lines are stream valleys.
02/04/2022

Here's an elevation map of DC. The gray is flat. The red are hills. The green lines are stream valleys.

Our friends Rock Creek Conservancy are taking on the difficult topic of how generational trauma affects our feelings abo...
02/01/2022
Lynchings & Biophobia

Our friends Rock Creek Conservancy are taking on the difficult topic of how generational trauma affects our feelings about nature.

The event will examine the lynchings that took place in the region and the legacy of biophobia in communities of color. Speakers will include Sarah Hedlund and Ralph Buglass of Montgomery History; Mickey Fearn, an expert in the field of diversity and equity in parks and recreation, as well as Tyrhee Moore of Soul Trak Outdoors, a local organization that connects communities of color to outdoor spaces. The conversation will be moderated by Kym Elder of the National Park Service.

https://events.timely.fun/gwwwkkiu/event/69150998/20220224173000

Understanding the past is important in helping to move forward into the future. Historians at Montgomery History have done research around racial

Cleaning out Oxon Run Park behind Hart Middle School. So much trash...
01/31/2022

Cleaning out Oxon Run Park behind Hart Middle School. So much trash...

Please support our friends in Ward 7 in their fight for a decent playground. Lack of maintenance is big problem at DC De...
01/31/2022
Have you seen this petition yet?

Please support our friends in Ward 7 in their fight for a decent playground.

Lack of maintenance is big problem at DC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities ETOR.

This week our crew is cleaning trash and invasive species out of the section of Oxon Run Park behind Hart Middle School. This is DPR land that hasn't been maintained in decades.

https://chng.it/ynDzvr6bmr

EOTR DC Children Deserve Safe Playgrounds Too. Repair the Marvin Gaye Playground!

It’s everywhere: in the rain, our food, even in the human placenta! Plastic is poisoning all life on Earth.But finally t...
01/27/2022
Sign for a Global Treaty on Plastics

It’s everywhere: in the rain, our food, even in the human placenta! Plastic is poisoning all life on Earth.

But finally there’s hope. More than 100 countries are now calling for a new global treaty to end plastic pollution!

https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/plastic_pollution_34/?cUrbdab

Plastic pollution is everywhere: in the rain, our food, and the human placenta. But in days, we have a chance to push for a global treaty to end plastic pollution! Sign here the urgent petition before governments meet.

On Tuesday from 1 to 2, W8W Director Nathan Harrington and Park Steward Chuck Jenkins will be on WPFW 89.3 radio. We'll ...
01/23/2022
Taking Action

On Tuesday from 1 to 2, W8W Director Nathan Harrington and Park Steward Chuck Jenkins will be on WPFW 89.3 radio.

We'll be talking environmental justice with @Daniel del Pielago on Empower DC program Taking Action.

https://www.empowerdc.org/taking_action

The mission of Empower DC is to enhance, improve and promote the self-advocacy of low and moderate income DC residents in order to bring about sustained improvements in their quality of life. We accomplish our mission through grassroots organizing and trainings, leadership development, and community...

01/23/2022

Our friends at the Rock Creek Conservancy are seeking Green Infrastructure Technicians.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/61128882ec63322fbd96a13a/t/61e821994790684a3bdbbac5/1642602907910/2022+Green+Infrastructure+Technician+-+Position+Description+%281%29.pdf

01/17/2022

Board member Raymond Coates gets down to Go-Go sounds with the Ward 8 Woods banner.

Representing Ward 8 Woods at the MLK Peace Walk. #cleanitclaimit #freedomtovoteact voteact #environmentaljustice
01/17/2022

Representing Ward 8 Woods at the MLK Peace Walk. #cleanitclaimit #freedomtovoteact voteact #environmentaljustice

This is probably the largest red oak in Ward 8. It's in  the Eagle Crossing Apartments at 4708 Martin Luther King Jr Ave...
01/13/2022

This is probably the largest red oak in Ward 8. It's in the Eagle Crossing Apartments at 4708 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SW. The whole complex has sweet trees, including willow oak and sycamore.

Join ANS and the U.S. Forest Service's Office of Urban and Community Forestry for the first Taking Nature Black Faith-ba...
01/12/2022

Join ANS and the U.S. Forest Service's Office of Urban and Community Forestry for the first Taking Nature Black Faith-based Roundtable: Grounded in Faith, Rooted in Nature. This compelling discussion will happen virtually, via Zoom, Thursday, February 10,
2:00 – 3:30 pm and is FREE and open to the public.

2900 block 2nd Street SE We're putting up homemade signage at littering and dumping hotspots around Ward 8. We don't exp...
01/11/2022
Ward 8 Woods Conservancy

2900 block 2nd Street SE

We're putting up homemade signage at littering and dumping hotspots around Ward 8. We don't expect to see a quick changes in behavior, but we know nothing will change if we don't try. #cleanitclaimit

Sounds great. But will it be followed and enforced?
01/08/2022

Sounds great. But will it be followed and enforced?

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Environmental Justice in the Woods of Ward 8

Healthy urban forests clean the air and water, lower summer temperatures, provide habitat for native plants and animals, and invite residents and visitors to exercise and connect with nature.

The District of Columbia’s Ward 8 boasts more than 500 acres of eastern hardwood forest, where hikers will find massive old-growth trees, dramatic hilly terrain, streams, wetlands, panoramic views, remnants of historic structures, Bald eagle nests, and even rare plant species.

Sadly, these lands have been neglected by government agencies and scarred by decades of illegal dumping. Invasive species from other parts of the world have grown rampant and choked out unique plants native to this area. The condition of these parks is particularly shameful when compared to the well-maintained parklands in more affluent areas of the District.

We employ Ward 8 residents as Park Stewards to restore the health and beauty of the forests by removing trash and invasive species. Our future plans include hiking trails, replanting og native species, and educational and recreation programs for children and adults.

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust would like to kick off the month of February with our first AMPLIFYING VOICES IN OUR COMMUNITIES post. Today, we are highlighting The Green Scheme's Ward 8 Water Watchers. Their goal is to engage the local community and bring them together to make natural resources, like the Oxon Run stream, a cleaner and healthier environment! The Green Scheme stated that the greatest success of the project, by far, was the excitement of the community to participate and learn about their watershed and stream. Congratulations to The Green Scheme, Audubon Naturalist Society, DC Greens, and Ward 8 Woods on a successful project and a big THANK YOU to all of the Ward 8 Water Watchers’ hard work! -- #chesapeakebaytrust
Did you miss the Oral History Coffee Chat on Saturday? Watch a recording of Dr. Amanda Huron, Awad Bilal, Benito Diaz, Linda Leaks, Mary Regalado, and Maria Beatriz Valdez discuss the work of housing organizers in Washington, DC, past and present, through the lens of an oral history project directed by Huron in 2019 and 2020. Coffee Chat's will take a mid winter break, but join us in April for the next Coffee Chat featuring Ward 8 Woods oral history project Over the River and Through the Woods, Longtime Residents and Parklands of Ward 8. DC Oral History Collaborative is a partnership between HumanitiesDC and DC Public Library.
The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association, in partnership with local beverage bottlers and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), is proud to support Ward 8 Woods, a nonprofit organization that works to rejuvenate and enhance more than 500 acres of forest in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C. Read more, here: https://bit.ly/3Aug7N2 American Beverage
Please join us for a volunteer day in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will be cleaning trash from the woods of Suitland Pkwy in Southeast DC in collaboration with Ward 8 Woods Conservancy, a grassroots non-profit with the mission of restoring more than 500 acres of forest in Ward 8 of Washington DC. Ward 8 Woods is the only environmental organization dedicated solely to Ward 8, a historically Black community, and the only green jobs program specifically for Ward 8 residents. This day also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat. Tu B'Svhat, or "New Year for Trees," is celebrated by Jews around the world as an ecological justice day. We will be meeting at 10:45 am at 2800 Shipley Terrace SE. Dress very warm, wear good shoes, and bring a water bottle! Lunch will be provided afterward. Registration link: https://forms.gle/CBrDFir1VoRBUyAm9
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world 🌍; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead #Ward8Woods would like extend our gratitude to all of today’s #volunteers for lending us a “helping hand”. We THANK YOU! Visit us online at https://ward8woods.org/ to find out how you can do your part! #CleanItClaimIt #Ward8DC
...Ever thought about #adopting a clean up point in your #Ward8 community? 🤔💭 #Ward8Woods would love to partner with YOU! All you need to do is pick a place in one of our target areas, fill out an #adoption #application, and keep visiting the place you’ve chosen to ensure it stays #clean! It’s that simple! We’ll take care of the rest (all supplies on us 😉) Visit us online at https://ward8woods.org/ to find out more! #Ward8DC #CleanItClaimIt 🌳✔️🗑
...To all of the #veterans near and far, #Ward8Woods salutes you! THANK YOU for your #service and #sacrifice. #VeteransDay 🇺🇸🌳
...”We envision a future in which all #Washingtonians enjoy #clean #air, #water, and a connection to the #natural 🌍 in safe, well-maintained #publiclands.” Let’s #connect! Sign up now for our #mailinglist by visiting https://ward8woods.org/ and be sure to follow us on #socialmedia @ward8woods #Ward8Woods #Ward8DC #CleanItClaimIt 🗑🌳✔️
One of the greatest gifts you can give is your time. @globemedatgw With #volunteers like you, any impossible task becomes accomplishable. Thank you for furthering our cause! Visit #Ward8Woods online https://ward8woods.org/ to find out how you can help! #CleanItClaimIt #Ward8DC #Volunteer ✔️
On Saturday, DCFYI volunteers and teens had fun cleaning up at the Shepherd Parkway Community Cleanup in partnership with Ward 8 Woods. It felt great to be in-person again! Tell us which in-person DCFYI events you are most looking forward to!
Good Afternoon, My name is Jasmine Joyner and I am a junior project manager for the Congress Heights Partnership. The Congress Heights Partnership is a catalyst for collaboration, designed to convene community dialogue and respond to the concerns of Congress Heights residents, Ward 8 businesses, developers, and investors while serving as a trusted clearinghouse of in-depth knowledge and analysis to amplify Congress Heights’ opportunities. Attached is our flier we need the input of Congress Heights Residents concerning the new developments at St. Elizabeth, specifically for Parcel 15. Can you please register for the new engagement site, complete a survey, and also pass this off to the residents and business owners in our community. We are here to help and want the people to be a part of the new developments. I am also going to be available for residents to participate by just personally giving me a call at 202-561-4026 and I will register and conduct a small survey over the phone. Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Click the following link to go straight to the site and click the get involved button to add your input. Respectfully, Jasmine Joyner [email protected] 202-561-4026