Just in time for Earth Day, 120 students from Valley Catholic Middle School joined SOLV this week at Johnson Creek to plant over 250 native trees and shrubs. The 7th and 8th graders in June Poling’s classes learned a little bit about the benefits of native planting for the ecosystem, such as cooling stream temperatures, preventing soil erosion and creating habitat for native birds and other animals.
Students planted spirea and other wetland plants in the lower portion of the site, as well as upland species in a forested area of the campus. Thimbleberry, salmonberry and dogwood are amongst the native trees and shrubs planted to replace the invasive Himalayan blackberry that covered the area just a few months ago. Way to dig in, Valley Catholic!