Friday morning was busy for Green Team at Valley Catholic High School! We spoke to the group about watershed restoration and why it is important. They became educated about the dangers of invasive plants and why they must be removed and replaced by healthy, native plants.
After talking with the group, we went out to remove a lot of the invasive blackberry bushes residing among the trees. We also pointed out several varieties of native plants and identified them for the Green Team.
Our volunteers helped to cut the blackberry and remove its roots so it wouldn’t return. A couple of members of the Green Team were still in elementary school! It was great to see such young students getting involved in the restoration process.
In just a few short hours, the group managed to remove a great deal of blackberry from the area. Luckily, there are many people who are willing to keep our environment clean and assist in restoring our watershed.
Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer