The sun was shining, the cottonwood trees were standing, and the school bus was running. The stage was set for willow and cottonwood harvesting this fine day for a Green Team event. As soon as students from CAIS arrived to Goat Island, we were off!
We reviewed the ways in which trees like cottonwoods and willows grow tall to shade our rivers and grow deep to stabilize our banks. We learned that you can propogate a whole new willow or cotton wood from a branch of a mature tree so we thought we’d try it out!
Students perfected their twig identification skills on our leaf-less trees and cut branches from trees to donate to new saplings. Students cut them down into many stakes and bundles, even wrapped them up in pretty, pink flagging tape and hopped back on their bus!
We will be using all of those stakes to stabilize banks that do not have as many wonderful trees growing in them!