How well do YOU know your native and invasive plant identifcation?
Students from two classes at Gladstone High School joined SOLV at Rinearson Creek yesterday to remove invasive Himalyan blackberry, install coffee bags around native trees and shrubs and familiarize themselves with native and invasive plants.
Miles (SOLV) worked with students to remove invasive blackberry, reminding them that though the berries might taste delicious, the thickets of the plant are very detrimental to soil and ecosystem health. Students also installed biodegradeable coffee bags around native plants to impede invasive grass and weed growth.
Meghan of SOLV led students on a native/invasive plant walk, identifying those plants that belong in our wetlands and forested areas and those which do not belong there. Many of the invasive plants, like mint, have been dumped on the site by nearby residents with their lawn clippings. It is best to compost and dispose of these clippings properly; once non-native plant species have been introduced to an area, it is very difficult to control them. Become a Weed Watcher; the Multnomah Weed Watchers supports and trains volunteers to look for and report new invaders before they become a problem.
Check out the photos from the plant walk above!