What they lack in height, they make up for in enthusiasm! The King Elementary School Green Team made their first visit to Abernethy Creek in Oregon City last Friday and boy, did they make a great impression.
About twenty-eight students make up the school’s Green Team, ranging from first to sixth grade, led by teacher Jamie Semrad. The students marched off the bus in matching Green Team sweatshirts and came ready to work. Alex of SOLV introduced the students to the site and reminded them of why their work planting natives was so important.
The students split into several groups and began flagging willow stakes, taken from willow trees native to Oregon, such as Scouler’s and Pacific willow. Adults helped the students by cutting one end of the stakes at an angle, which allows the stake to be driven more easily into the soil. Armed with rubber mallets and determination, the students were able to put 300 stakes in the ground!
These stakes will grow an extensive network of roots quite quickly and will do well even in standing water. Willow will provide great shade for the stream, natural habitat for native wildlife and its roots will hold onto streambanks very well.