Culver Middle School helps restore State Park
After fire raged last summer, park rangers welcome school’s interest
Culver Middle School S.T.E.M. students were charged with assisting park staff with fire restoration efforts in the Crooked River Wetlands after last summer’s wildfire. Last fall Culver Middle School adopted The Cove. Just before Christmas, students collected more than 200 Coyote Willow whips from the park and they’ve been carefully cultivating the plants.
Mrs. Little and Mr.Habliston’s 6th and 7th grade classes came out to the park and had a fantastic day planting the willows students cut in December, cutting/preparing more willow for the project and learning about habitat management. Students learned that removing some plants can be just as important as planting others.
In the current restoration plan, 30% of vegetation will be added to the ponds; later in the month, students will return and plant more coyote willow and red twig dogwood. They will be netting each whip to prevent mule deer from eating the new trees and shrubs.
Stay tuned for more project photos…