On Saturday, December 1st, Clackamas SWCD teamed with Friends of Trees and the Center for Research in Environmental Sciences & Technologies on a riparian restoration project at the new Trillium Primary School in West Linn. With the help of clear blue skies, over 60 community and student volunteers planted nearly 700 native trees and shrubs in the Trillium Creek wetlands adjacent to the school.
A healthy wetland system is essential as it serves as the headwaters for Trillium Creek, which flows directly into the Willamette River. As much of West Linn is not represented by a local watershed council, we were happy to step up and fill the void by providing technical and financial assistance for this project.
You may recognize Friends of Trees through their street tree program, but they also have a very successful green space program that specializes in restoration projects. It was decided very early in the process to involve Friends of Trees because they have a great reputation of community involvement for all of their projects.
Friends of Trees will return in the spring to help lead students and teachers into the wetland to install additional plantings along the creek. Special thanks to Starbucks , Voodoo Doughnuts and Kind Bars for providing the fuel that helped keep volunteers going strong throughout the day!