Thanks to dedicated students at Valley Catholic school, the blackberry that once stood shoulder-high in the forested area behind their school no longer exists. Valley Catholic middle schoolers came out a few weeks ago and lopped and chopped down a majority of the vines and canes of Himalayan blackberry, one of our most common invasive species.
Erin Cole’s high school Environmental Science class came out last week and finished the job up by digging up the roots of the blackberry. (If blackberry roots are not removed after the vines are cut away, it will grow right back the next season.) Though the area was very soggy and muddy in some places, students removed a great number of roots and made way for native trees and shrubs to be planted the next time they come out. Way to go, Valley Catholic!