Students from Soundview International Baccalaureate School walked to work today.
We began with a walk to work so students could see their service in a greater context.
(Photos by Alice Tsoodle)
The first question to consider, "Why is one side of the trail covered with one kind of forest (large conifer) and the other side covered with something different? (deciduous and Himalayan blackberry?)
Answer: The conifer forest was logged in 1910. It has had time to recover. The deciduous forest is growing out of a place people more recently cut firewood. It is a newer forest. The leafy trees grow first.
Blackberries need some sunlight and they quickly invade places like this.
Next thing to consider: "What do nettles look like?"
Great setting for a quiz. Lots on nettles close by. They like disturbed soil.
The team arrives ready for work.
First responsibility: Don't get hurt.
Second responsibility: Watch our for things that might hurt someone else. Tell someone.
Now for the work...
Each year A UW-REN site begins with a trail into a wall of Himalayan blackberries to prepare for a UW student survey of their new site.
Today set the stage for UW-REN 2013 -2014.
We had to post this photo.
Alice Tsoodle climbed into the blackberries to take it!
This is a blackberry root aka rhizome. They sometimes resemble a small sweet potato. If you don't dig them out the blackberries grow back.
The other invasive plant: Morning Glory.
This team removed a LOT of Morning Glory...
....load after load of of Morning Glory!
You broke ground on this years planned University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network site. It will look much different next spring. We appreciate your service to North Creek Forest!
Our level of stewardship is made possible by a grant from the Rose Foundation. Their support has enabled us to more than double our hours of restoration in the last 10 months.