Monday, October 29, 2012

Recent Volunteer Projects

AmeriCorps members pack down soil and perform a raindance.

Pollinator Garden

Located in the front of our office building, the pollinator garden was installed in the spring of 2012.  The garden was spearheaded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Cascadia Conservation District, but every organization in the building donated funds and/or labor so it's been a great collaborative project! 
The purpose of the garden is to inform visitors about pollinators- specifically native bees- that are responsible for a significant amount of the pollination of everything from native ecosystems to agricultural crops, and to demonstrate how we all can do our part to provide healthy habitat for pollinators on our own properties.
This weekend I was able to get out there and do some work! In addition to seeding (which required the ground to be prepped/raked, then seeded, and then gently packed down again) we also planted a few remaining plants in the southwest corner of the garden. It was a great opportunity for me to learn firsthand about pollinators while helping out!

WHS students work in teams to remove browse guards

Riparian Restoration Project

A few weeks ago we organized a volunteer event with some of the 9th grade Wenatchee High School students. Students helped in the removal and storage of browse guards and bamboo stakes from a riparian planting project we implemented along the Entiat River in the fall, 2011.  Throughout the day we were able to discuss the importance of native plants, identify invasive species, as well as discuss simple eco-friendly practices that students (or anyone else) can follow at home, at work, or in the car. 
We’d like to thank all of the students, teachers, chaperones, and volunteer group leaders from Wenatchee High School, Cascadia Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and AmeriCorps who were able to come out and make our project a huge success.

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