Reynolds HS promotes stream health!

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member Nicole Poletto

Reynolds HS @ Beaver Creek on 3.5.2013

It was yet another rainy, windy day in Troutdale, but that has never stopped Reynolds students from stewarding Beaver Creek!  We kicked off the afternoon with beaver caging (no, we aren’t building cages to attempt to trap beaver…).  The reason that we cage our native plants (especially the baby ones) is to protect them from beaver damage before they are mature enough.

Not only our trees need to be protected from beaver damage...

Not only our trees need to be protected from beaver damage…

After we caged 25 plants, we changed gears and started bioengineering!  We prepared 20 live Pacific Willow stakes and installed them in the bog area, a very sensitive and important habitat for amphibians.  These stakes will grow roots, just like hair, and hold the soil in place while simultaneously providing shade!

Not only did we get a lot of work done, but we also had a lot of fun!  We munched on Indian plum and collected 2 tires that were in the creek!

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Thank you Reynolds HS for your dedication – see you for our next AND last outing at Beaver Creek in April!

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SOLVE’s Annual Women in Science day will be held at Beaver Creek’s very own Glen Otto Park on March 23rd from 9 AM – 1 PM.  Girls – Are you interested in exploring a career in science?  Come learn more and chat with mentors currently in the science field!  We will also be planting more native trees and shrubs in the same area that Reynolds is stewarding!  Come and check it out!  Register online at : http://www.solv.org/get-involved/events/women-science-day

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