Rockin’ around the Douglas Fir

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member, Nicole Poletto

West Linn High School @ Rinearson Creek (at the confluence with the Willamette River) on 12.12.12 and 12.13.12

West Linn High School took on another fun-filled of planting at a different site along Rinearson creek.  This site is right near the confluence of the Willamette River. There were many different natives to be planted: the ever popular Douglas Fir, Big Leaf Maple, Snowberry, Salmonberry, Douglas Spirea, and Western Hemlock, just to name a few.  Western Hemlock even got extra special treatment when it was planted!  It thrives in dead tree mulch, so we decided to make our own on site.  We planted all of these plants to improve the health of the riparian corridor!!

Unfortunately, the first day of planting we got hit pretty hard with rain.  But on day 2, the sun smiled down on us and made for a beautiful winter day.  We took a planting break along the Willamette to go and hang out with the ducks, enjoy the sunshine, and reflect on our planting efforts. Here are some of the reflections from the day:

Natural beauty is the eighth wonder of the world

Do we under appreciate it?

Do we terrorize it?

We do nothing. 

But we try 

And its a beautiful effort

Because one day

It will thrive.

“I think that it is important that young people do this so that they will not take nature for granted”

“I’m feeling pretty darn good about my work today.  Deforestation is a big deal – be part of the solution.  Helps with global warming and water issues.”

Student reflection

Student reflection – “Rockin’ around the tree”

Haiku about restoring Rinearson

“Restore Rinearson

Help the earth, saving the world

Feels super good, man”

All in all, we planted 210 plants!! Absolutely incredible job West Linn!  Enjoy your holidays and we will see you next year.

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