Students from Soundview School have completed a year of monthly community service visits to Bothell’s North Creek Forest, where they removed invasive blackberries, planted native trees and plants, and mulched newly cleaned areas.
The 5th- and 7th-grade students of the Lynnwood-based school — some of whom are from nearby Edmonds — partnered with the non-profit Friends of North Creek Forest, and learned how fast-growing English Holly and Himalayan Blackberry quickly take over an urban forest when they grow for years unchecked.
According to an announcement from Friends of North Creek Forest, the restoration site is a “capstone project” for seniors in the University of Washington-Bothell Restoration Ecology Network. Often the UW students were on site to answer questions about planting and mulching. Classes on plant and tree identification and water quality were part of the program offered by Friends of North Creek Forest staff.
The announcement ended with this message:
Thank you Soundview students for your positive attitudes, great smiles, and enthusiasm. Your hard work has benefited the ongoing restoration of North Creek Forest.