Gales Creek Welcomes Frosty New Plants!

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Northwest Member Lauren McKenna

Forest Grove HS @ Gales Creek 11/10/2012

Welcome Frost!  Right after the first frost of the season, 12 Forest Grove High School students did not let the chill discourage them from planting — and nurturing — 110 native trees and shrubs at Gales Creek.  That’s a lot of plants!  Their teacher, Mr. Crabtree, and their bus driver joined  in on the fun!

Native Plants! Clockwise from top right: Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) , Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis), Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus), Salmonberry thorns, Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa)

The enthusiastic class helped plant Salmonberry and Pacific Ninebark near the creek, as well as some Western Red Cedars and Oregon Ash on higher ground.  They learned a little about plant identification, learned proper planting methods, pink flagged the native plants, drew their favorites and reflected on and wrote about their role in preserving not only Gales Creek, but all of the earth. Some students wrote…

“I believe we should preserve […] our rivers & forests, as they are an integral part of our cultural heritage…”

“I am glad that I am able to be a part of this group and can give back to my environment.”

Salmonberry art by FGHS student

In the spirit of Thanksgiving…Thank You, FGHS, for your dedication to Gales Creek and for your lively enthusiasm on an early Saturday morning!

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