In the fall of 2019, a Capitol Hill neighbor asked Guerrilla Gardeners of Washington DC to get involved in a project to remove a patch of asphalt outside the nearby historic 8th & I Marine Barracks "the oldest post of the Corps" and revegetate it with native plants. Capitol Hill Corner shares the tale.
The opporunity to participate in an endeavor with so much upside - lifting an impermeable layer from earth that had received neither rain nor sunlight for decades and installing native pollinator plants - was irresistable. After months of planning, in just a few days we were able to transform an asphalt island into an oasis for birds, bees and butterflies.
However, this successsful operation was an enormous amount of work as well as an expensive proposition - 20 tons of asphalt was broken up, removed and disposed of - that blew a hole in our budget. We're hoping that a few folks who see the importance of projects like this that preserve historic sites while adapting them to sound ecological practices will support our work with a 100% tax-deductible contribution.
Help us close out the deficit on this project before the end of 2020!