Saving natives, one invasive at a time

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto

What a beautiful day to explore Rock Creek!  Mrs. Zahm’s and Mr. Gwin’s classes came out in the morning and in the afternoon to explore the beauty of this site right near the confluence of the Clackamas river.

It was difficult, however, not to notice all the invasives that were choking out the growing natives.  Despite the coffee bags and beaver cages, the natives still needed our help fighting the battle against invasives.  We delicately cleared the area around the natives and weeded inside of their cages as well.  The carnage pile of Reed Canary grass, Armenian Blackberry, Thistle, and weeds began to grow.  Soon, the roots of Blackberry were thrown on as well.  At the end of the day, as we looked around, we saw an area of pink flagged growing natives instead of a sea of invasives – all in a day’s work!

Great job Clackamas High School!  The natives thank you for their extra breathing room!

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