Warner Pacific at Dahl Beach

A very enthusiastic group of about 20 teenagers came out to help remove invasives at Dahl beach. After a long morning working in the heavy rain it was really great to have a group so energetic and ready to work. Teams of about three tackled huge piles of blackberry. Some stems seemed to be about 2 to 3 inches in circumference and long enough to cling onto branches 20 feet in the air. I was very impressed by the work ethic of the group and their team working skills to move large branches covered in invasive. A lot of good work was done thanks to Warner Pacific! Thanks Guys!

Written by Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz

Rainy Days at Mt. Scott Creek

This past Wednesday, we had a Methodist group volunteer at Mt. Scott Creek. Unfortunately, Wednesday was a chilly day filled with lots and lots of rain. But our volunteers didn’t mind. They were happy to be outdoors and didn’t mind getting a little muddy during their time at the creek.

While volunteering, the group assisted in mulching the many native plants and removing the invasives that were starting to take over the area. Everyone was excited to tackle the project they were working on.

A big thank-you goes out to this group for rocking it in the rain!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

Parrot Creek at Dahl Beach

Once again, the Solve GreenTeam had the pleasure of working with the young men from Parrot Creek. There were a few familiar faces mixed in with the rest, who had not yet been out to Dahl beach. We reviewed our lecture on watersheds, healthy river ecosystems and native vs. invasive plant species. We sent the group out into the field to tackle the stew of invasive species. A few working on blackberry, others ripping the morning glory off the trees. At the end of the day a lot of space was cleared and vines that had been strangling the natives were lying in a heap, strangling each other. It is always a pleasure to work with the young men of Parrot Creek.

Written By Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz

McDonald Jacobs Triumphs over Troge

On July 18th, SOLVE had a group of volunteers from McDonald Jacobs assist at Troge. The group was excited to be there and help out with removing invasive species and mulching the native plants.

While at Troge, the volunteers removed a large amount of invasive blackberry and successfully removed many of the other invasive plants that were taking over the native species.

Green Team really enjoyed working with McDonald Jacobs. Thanks for your help!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

OES Whitford at Council Creek

The sun was shining and the mulch pile was steaming. A large group of tiny youngsters were ready to have fun outdoors and explore Council Creek. The youngsters were buzzing from station to station bringing their fresh energy anywhere they went. We read the lorax, mulched trees, removed reed canary grass and learned about macro invertebrates. There was a lot of fun, a little bit of work and hopefully a good amount of knowledge soaked up by these little guys and gals. Work is not fun for a kid but applying learning in an interactive way can be. The outdoors treated us to a very energetic and active morning at Council Creek.

Written by Duke Engage Volunteer Carl Heinz

Parrot Creek at Troge

On July 17th, Parrot Creek Ranch helped to remove invasive plants as well as helped to mulch and water several native plants.

The group was split in to two groups, so everyone could have a chance to participate in each activity. The volunteers from Parrot Creek worked diligently to make sure each plant was watered and mulched efficiently.

Thanks for all of your help!

Written by Annie Maass, DukeEngage Volunteer

Speedy day at Johnson Creek

This morning the Solve green team paired up with a United Methodist Church from Salt Lake City, Utah to lay much, remove invasives and plant natives. We arrived at Johnson creek, behind the stone bridge apartment complex, anticipating a relatively small group of volunteers. Two big white vans pulled into the parking lot and about 15 volunteers hopped out. Immediately I though we had too little work. Our plan was to mulch but it looked as though the day had bigger plans. We divided the group into thirds: a group filling buckets with mulch, a mulching group and an invasive species team. After briefing the volunteers on the work we would be doing and its importance for our riparian ecosystems we let them loose. Within an hour the whole site had been mulched and the attention was focused on invasives. Morning glory, English ivy and Himalayan blackberry were targeted and eradicated. Holes were dug, Dane arrived and the planting began. When the volunteers left I looked around and could do nothing but smile at the power of volunteers. When people come together, things get done.
Written by DukeEngage  volunteer Carl Heinz