Planting with a purpose

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto

Sabin-Schellenberg School @ Rock Creek Clackamas Confluence on 3.5.2013

It was the third and final trip out to Rock Creek for Sabin’s Advanced Forestry class.  By now they were planting professionals, so it was a breeze for these students to carry the plants to the site and get them in the ground.

Planting pros

Once 55 Oregon Grape, Snowberry, Red Currant, and Bigleaf Maples were planted, the students moved on to invasive removal!  The hillside was plagued with pesky Reed Canary grass, Thistle, and Scotch Broom.  However, since you cannot remove Reed Canary with tools, we focused our attention on ripping out the roots of Thistle and Scotch Broom to ensure they wouldn’t choke out our baby natives!

After some fun in the mud and rain it was time to call it a day.  We will miss you Sabin! Thanks so much for your hard work and great attitude!

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