Ashland Creek Pond, Helman, 11-4-13

300 Helman Elementary School students help restore Ashland Creek Pond

In the first week of November, 2013, approximately 300 Helman Elementary School students participated in the sixth annual “Ashland Creek Pond Riparian Restoration Project” planting event at the confluence of Bear and Ashland Creek near Ashland Pond.

Lomakatsi staff led students from kindergarten through 5th grade in planting and mulching over 200 native trees and shrubs such as Oregon ash, white alder, and black cottonwood. By actively engaging in streamside restoration and stewardship, these youth learned the importance of protecting and promoting healthy salmon and wildlife habitat. This annual event helps support ecology-based curriculum and field studies at Helman Elementary. For more info on the Ashland Creek Pond Riparian Restoration Project, click here.

Students also helped plant large trees like this Oregon ash

In addition to planting small seedlings, students had the opportunity to assist Lomakatsi staff in planting large trees such as this Oregon ash.

A Lomakatsi volunteer assists a student in placing cardboard before mulching around a newly planted black cottonwood.

 

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