Bye bye, blackberry!

Blackberry? No problem!

Students in Kim Wilson’s classes at Reynolds Natural Resource Academy came out this week and last week to get some wonderful streamside work done at Beaver Creek.  Students spend the first few minutes at the site in silent observation of the sights, sounds and smells to re-acquaint themselves with the area.  Before we knew it, students had planted over 300 native trees and shrubs and removed hundreds of pounds of blackberry vines and roots.

Students worked and interacted really well with SOLV’s Americorps NCCC team, who have been invaluable in our stream restoration this season.  By removing invasive blackberry, students are able to plant natives with varying root depths to hold onto stream banks to prevent erosion.  These natives will also grow to shade the stream, lowering water temperatures, to create better habitat for wildlife.

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