written by DukeEngage volunteer, Julie Rohde
L.A.S.T. Youth Group @ Beaver Creek on 7.23.2013
Each week a new set of L.A.S.T. students joins SOLVE to engage in site maintenance as part of a week-long mission trip to Portland. Driving all the way from Washington and San Diego, the students and their leaders were eager to get started with invasive removal. Originally, the Beaver Creek site was covered in reed canary grass but after a few hours of work our native plants were uncovered. Then the group made about a dozen beaver cages to protect some of our willow stakes. Often the term “beaver caging” can confuse people into thinking that we are trying to cage beavers. Instead we are placing a metal cage around young plants to prevent the beavers from destroying them. We ultimately want most of our plantings to mature in order to shade out the reed canary grass but the beavers can disrupt that process. The SOLVE team has really enjoyed working with each of the different mission trip groups from the past three weeks.