Love is in the air

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest members Nicole Poletto and Lauren McKenna

West Linn HS @ Rinearson Creek on 2.13.2013 and 2.14.2013

What better way to celebrate Valentines day than to give a little love to Rinearson Creek?? In the spirit of the holiday, the students did some bioengineering in Reed Canary grass areas around Rinearson creek.  You might wonder, what does this entail?

On the first day, students scouted Meldrum Bar Park to collect live Cottonwood branches that had fallen from the trees above.  After enough Cottonwood was gathered, we created stakes out of our findings.  The students were eager to mallet their stakes into the ground and at the end of the day, the entire Reed Canary grass section had been staked.

The next day was a gLOVEly day to harvest more Dogwood and Willow to make more stakes for a different Reed Canary grass area (pesky invasives).  The sun smiled down on West Linn as they created stakes and lovingly installed them.

Harvesting Pacific Willow from stakes that we installed 3-4 years ago, check out that growth!

Harvesting Pacific Willow from stakes that we installed 3-4 years ago, check out that growth!

Stakes of Dogwood, Cottonwood, and Willow – Oh my!  Rinearson Creek is going to thrive! Thanks for the extra love, West Linn!

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SOLVE’s Annual Women in Science day will be held at Glen Otto Park in Troutdale on March 23rd from 9-1.  Girls – Are you interested in exploring a career in science? Come chat with mentors currently in the science field over breakfast!  In the afternoon we will be planting trees up the road at Beaver Creek!  Register online at : http://www.solv.org/get-involved/events/women-science-day.  See you there!

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