Like many of the forests in Seattle, invasive Himalayan Blackberry and English Ivy threaten to take over and destroy the diversity of our protected wilderness areas. Invasive blackberry and English ivy are both known to grow rapidly, preventing Seattle’s native species from thriving.
Thanks to the dedicated team at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, the blackberry bushes and other invasive species had already been removed. City Year then stepped in to lay down biodegradable raffia sacks to prevent the blackberry and ivy from regrowing and spread mulch on the ground to further nourish the soil.
The following is our little photo reel from our service day:
“The day started out gray and dreary, but we were able to push through the gloom and the forest on our wheelbarrows.” – Andy Tilton, Denny International Middle School Team Leader
“It was like we were putting blankets on Mother Earth and protecting her.” – Tom Schewe, Wing Luke Elementary School Team Leader
“Okay. How many people get to do service and have lunch by the ocean?” – Max Sutton, Roxhill Elementary School Corps Member
“Bucket brigades mean buckets, buckets, and more buckets!” – Andy Hurwitz, Wing Luke Elementary School Corps Member
“You get a good workout while helping the community!” – Hoang Lam, Service and Evaluations Project Leader
“Makin’ rakin’ look good!” – Melissa Jensen, Denny International Middle School Corps Member
It was a full day of service in the cold, but we all went home knowing that our community can continue to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Pacific Northwest.
Text and photos by Sherry Tiao, City Year Seattle/King County External Relations Project Leader