Parrot Creek Returns to Troge

This week, Parrot Creek returned to Troge to help restore some of the area next to the creek. The volunteers removed a lot of invasive blackberry and dug out their roots to clear the ground.

Parrot Creek also got to try something new today by spreading straw bales around the ground they had cleared. The group seemed to have a lot of fun with this, for it was something they had not yet tried.

The volunteers also had a nice treat at the end when they found a tall blackberry bush filled with delicious blackberries. Thanks for all of your help, Parrot Creek!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage volunteer

Centro Comes to Council Creek

Last Thursday, a group of Centro Cultural students came out to Council Creek to help mulch the native plants and remove invasives from the area. They also learned a lot about macro-invertebrates and got to see a few of them up close!

Although the volunteers were very young, they were very helpful in tackling the invasive Reed Canary Grass. The students were all very excited to help restore the area and make it as beautiful as possible.

After reading The Lorax to the students, they were even more excited to help the native plants. They did not want the native plants in Council Creek to become like the Truffula trees from the book.

Thanks for all of your help, Centro!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

Warner Pacific at Dahl Beach

A very enthusiastic group of about 20 teenagers came out to help remove invasives at Dahl beach. After a long morning working in the heavy rain it was really great to have a group so energetic and ready to work. Teams of about three tackled huge piles of blackberry. Some stems seemed to be about 2 to 3 inches in circumference and long enough to cling onto branches 20 feet in the air. I was very impressed by the work ethic of the group and their team working skills to move large branches covered in invasive. A lot of good work was done thanks to Warner Pacific! Thanks Guys!

Written by Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz

Rainy Days at Mt. Scott Creek

This past Wednesday, we had a Methodist group volunteer at Mt. Scott Creek. Unfortunately, Wednesday was a chilly day filled with lots and lots of rain. But our volunteers didn’t mind. They were happy to be outdoors and didn’t mind getting a little muddy during their time at the creek.

While volunteering, the group assisted in mulching the many native plants and removing the invasives that were starting to take over the area. Everyone was excited to tackle the project they were working on.

A big thank-you goes out to this group for rocking it in the rain!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

Parrot Creek at Dahl Beach

Once again, the Solve GreenTeam had the pleasure of working with the young men from Parrot Creek. There were a few familiar faces mixed in with the rest, who had not yet been out to Dahl beach. We reviewed our lecture on watersheds, healthy river ecosystems and native vs. invasive plant species. We sent the group out into the field to tackle the stew of invasive species. A few working on blackberry, others ripping the morning glory off the trees. At the end of the day a lot of space was cleared and vines that had been strangling the natives were lying in a heap, strangling each other. It is always a pleasure to work with the young men of Parrot Creek.

Written By Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz

McDonald Jacobs Triumphs over Troge

On July 18th, SOLVE had a group of volunteers from McDonald Jacobs assist at Troge. The group was excited to be there and help out with removing invasive species and mulching the native plants.

While at Troge, the volunteers removed a large amount of invasive blackberry and successfully removed many of the other invasive plants that were taking over the native species.

Green Team really enjoyed working with McDonald Jacobs. Thanks for your help!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

OES Whitford at Council Creek

The sun was shining and the mulch pile was steaming. A large group of tiny youngsters were ready to have fun outdoors and explore Council Creek. The youngsters were buzzing from station to station bringing their fresh energy anywhere they went. We read the lorax, mulched trees, removed reed canary grass and learned about macro invertebrates. There was a lot of fun, a little bit of work and hopefully a good amount of knowledge soaked up by these little guys and gals. Work is not fun for a kid but applying learning in an interactive way can be. The outdoors treated us to a very energetic and active morning at Council Creek.

Written by Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz