Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Member Nicole Poletto
The Madeline School @ Baltimore Woods 10-23-12
This was the student’s first time at Baltimore Woods and excitement was in their air as they scrambled out of their cars. Baltimore Woods is an especially special site, because it is one of the last remaining Oak Savanna habitats in Portland and it needs our help! It was going to be a big day: playing Riparian Metaphors, removing invasive species, and even planting some native shrubs! All they wanted to do was to get started!
When it was finally time to begin, the students began vigorously ripping out Thistle, Sweet Pea, Clematis, and Fireweed. They understood the threat that invasive species pose to habitat and bank stability and they could already see the invasives taking over the native plants. This was just not acceptable! Invasives – you are outta there!
The students wanted to continue their stewardship of Baltimore Woods, so before they left, they each helped plant a native shrub: Oregon Grape, Douglas Spirea, and Pacific Ninebark, just to name a few. After a few prayers were said over the plants to help them grow big and strong, it was time to go back to school.
Thank you for all of your hard work Madeline School! Your enthusiasm to protect our environment is contagious and inspiring. Baltimore Woods lucked out to have such awesome students as their stewards!