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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto

Portland Lutheran HS @ Beaver Creek on 2.28.2013

Portland Lutheran hopped off the Tri-Met bus, ready for a day of adventure at Beaver Creek.  It was pouring rain but then again we are in Oregon, right?

We kicked off the morning by clearing a hillside of pesky invasive Blackberry especially around a sensitive bog area!  This bog is a very important habitat for amphibians.   After we dug roots all over the hillside we planted 50 native plants such as Douglas Fir and Pacific Willow!

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We ate our lunches in refuge from the rain as luckily, it began to stop!  Once we were fed and energized we were ready to take on willow staking and beaver caging in the afternoon!  We put 70 Willow and Dogwood stakes in the bog area to add native vegetation that will thrive in the wet environment.  We also caged 25 of our Willows and Alders from beaver damage along the stream.

It was a full day of activities and Beaver Creek looks great thanks to the hard work and dedication of Portland Lutheran!

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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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