Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Northwest Member Lauren McKenna
Glencoe High School @ McKay Creek, 10/19/2012
Glencoe High School students are lucky to have a forested area right on their campus. More like, they are lucky to have so much work to do right on their campus! One area has invasive Armenian blackberry and another, by their field, is overrun by Morning glory (there are over 1,000 in the family Convolvulaceae!). What needs to be done to save McKay Creek is to save the native plants that students planted there last year from the creeping, twiney, viney, suffocating, strangling morning glory!
After reviewing what makes up a healthy riparian zone (the land near the creek), students helped to unwind morning glory from around native Big Leaf maples, Snowberries and Dogwoods. Some found bittersweet nightshade, which we bagged so it would not spread more. Others found giant clumps of morning glory wound around reed canarygrass growing through blackberry. “I found an invasive wrapped around another invasive, growing through an invasive!” one student exclaimed. Some more vocal frustrations…
“ARR! My hands are stuck in morning glory!”
“Hey let’s go, class is over”, “I can’t. I’m trying to free a tree from morning glory!”
Though, there is a TON of more to do at McKay Creek, but a lot of native trees and shrubs are much happier because your hard work!