Green Team Week February 10th – 14th
Written by Jesuit Volunteers Dane Breslin and Becca Strohm
Rex Putnam @ Boardman Wetlands
Wednesday Feb 12th
Rex Putnam students came out for a beautiful day this week at Boardman Wetlands. Temperatures were almost into the 50’s and with the melt of snow, the wetlands were particularly wet and soggy. Activities of the day were bioengineering and beaver caging. Just this week evidence of beaver activity was spotted at the wetlands, proof of the positive impact Rex Putnam’s work has had on Boardman habitat. Students caged around 30 small willow to prevent the beaver from taking too many of our newly planted trees. Students also installed 80 willow stakes which will hopefully grow into large willow trees, shading out Reed Canary Grass, preventing erosion and providing more great habitat for wildlife.
Thanks for all the hard work and enthusiasm Rex Putnam students. Your work is really paying off at Boardman Wetlands!
Sabin-Schellenberg Forestry School @ Rock Creek Troge
Thursday Feb 13th
First year forestry students came out to Rock Creek Troge for the first time this week from Sabin-Schellenberg School. Students participated in a variety of restoration activities all around Rock Creek. First off we removed invasive species, both Reed Canary Grass and blackberry, from the slopes and bank sides of the creek. We prepped this area so that next time students come out they can do a large bio-engineering project to help prevent the erosion happening along the bank side. A few students armed with weed whackers also removed blackberry and reed canary grass along the steeper slopes.
Next up students planted 55 native trees and shrubs along the opposite bank. These plants will also help to prevent erosion along Rock Creek. The various root structures of the different plants will hold in the soil much better than the monoculture of invasive canary grass that was there previously.
Finally a “special operations team” helped to beaver cage some of the native plants. Beaver enjoy a bunch of the natives we planted but particularly like Red Alder so we caged about 15 of those trees.
Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication Sabin students. We will see you out in March for some bioengineering!
Valley Catholic High School at Johnson Creek
Tuesday, February 11th
This Tuesday, students from Valley Catholic High School came out to Johnson Creek to install approximately 125 live Willow and Dogwood stakes. The stakes contain a rooting hormone which allows them to be propagated by simply hammering them half way into the soil. This project was quite painless in comparison to blackberry removal and we finished quickly. In addition to the staking itself we discussed how the fast growing, native trees would offer shade to the creek and reduce erosion through their complex root systems. Great job Valley Catholic and thank you for coming out!
City View Charter @ Council Creek
Friday, February 14th
City View Charter came out to Council Creek and did so INCREDIBLE work. The class split into two groups and switched half way through the time period. One group went with Becca and installed two hundred live Willow and Dogwood Stakes. This group also coffee bagged some of our native plants so that they would have a leg up against the surrounding Reed Canary Grass. The second group did macro invertebrate surveys with Nicole and I. We found many small bugs friends in the stream including mayflies and damsel flies (as well as others). This means that the stream is healthier than a stream where we only found one time of macro invertebrate.
Overall, we had an excellent time and City View Charter was well versed in their watershed health knowledge!