West Linn High School students began working on Park Place Creek this week, which flows into Abernethy Creek. Students planted 200 native trees and shrubs, installed 200 dogwood and willow stakes and air gapped two large trees from invasive English ivy. This method of removal involves cutting the ivy at shoulder height around the tree and at ankle height and pulling it off of the tree. Some people then pull the ivy off of the tree overhead, but we just leave the ivy on the tree to die and fall off. For more ivy removal tips, visit Ivy O.U.T.
The students that had been trained previously on all of these tasks were able to help their classmates out enormously. They remembered everything they were taught and got a lot done by being able to assign tasks to various groups and used their knowledge to lead each other because they had already mastered these tasks. Thank you, West Linn!