Valley Catholic High School students in Environmental Science and Biology classes joined SOLV and Wells Fargo volunteers at Johnson Creek last week to dig invasive blackberry roots and plant native trees and shrubs. Wells Fargo employees joined us for the morning and helped us clear a great amount of ground to plant native trees and shrubs in the forested area next to Johnson Creek, behind the high school. Volunteers also planted natives alongside Valley Catholic students in Ms. Cole and Ms. Lacks’ classes.
This area, overrun just a few months ago by invasive Himalayan blackberry that grew shoulder-high, was tackled by Valley Catholic Middle School students. All that was left was the roots of the blackberry plants, which students have been helping us to remove over the past months and weeks. The area is almost completely blackberry free and native trees and shrubs are being planted; way to go Valley Catholic!