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May 31

Great Accomplishments this Spring!

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 9:25 AM by Allan Warren

Boze Elementary planting (web)
Boze Elementary 3rd Graders planted 150 plants!
Boze Elementary 3rd Graders Lead the Way
PCD recently partnered with Boze Elementary in Tacoma on an exciting component of their Project Based Learning model. The 3rd graders learned about plants, pollinators, and habitat over the past few months from the District’s environmental educators, local landscapers, and WSU Master Gardeners. Their project culminated in the planting of a roundabout in front of their school that had previously been dominated by weeds and litter.

Thanks to assistance from the City of Tacoma, the roundabout was cleaned out and funds were donated to purchase plants. Portland Avenue Nursery also donated plants to the effort. The 3rd graders researched the plant options and laid them out in the roundabout. With help from community volunteers and local neighbors, over 150 plants were put into the roundabout. The kids were very proud of their work and are determined to keep it looking nice and free of litter. Most talked about how they pass by this spot often and will always be reminded of their hard work as the roundabout blooms in a variety of colors and buzzes with bees and other pollinators. The last plant had barely been put in the ground by the time the bees had settled in, so their work has already started to pay off.

Stream Restoration Planting Wraps Up on Clarks Creek

Community volunteers and students in this spring’s Washington Native Plant Society Habitat Stewards class worked through an unusually warm spring morning on April 30 to complete the restoration planting of a section of Clarks Creek near Puyallup. 
Volunteers helped install another 600 plants along
Clarks Creek, bringing the grand total to 1,800 
plants installed, transforming 900 linear feet of this 
important salmon stream!

Clarks Creek (web)

Planting began at this site, owned by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, last October. As the first 1200 trees and shrubs began to establish in their new home over the winter, another 600 were installed at the downstream end of the property to complete the transformation of approximately 900 linear feet of stream from a near-monoculture of reed canary grass to a diverse riparian plant community of trees and shrubs.

The Gig Harbor Rain Barrel Workshop
was one of six rain barrel workshops
we held this spring, resulting in over
150 rain barrels installed across Pierce County!

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Rain Barrel Workshops
This spring, the District partnered with Pierce County, as well as the cities of Orting, Gig Harbor, and Buckley on a series of successful and popular rain barrel workshops. Covering general rain barrel uses, maintenance, and installation tips, the workshops culminate in an opportunity for participants to assemble and take home their very own rain barrel, ready to install and begin harvesting the rain!

Rain barrels (or other rain water catchment systems) are one of many homeowner friendly ways individuals can make steps to minimizing stormwater run-off that every year contributes non-point source pollution and localized flooding.

Planting with PCC Farmland Trust Extends Hedgerow 1000’
Returning to the scene of much collaborative restoration work over the past few years, the District and PCC Farmland Trust, together with three dozen hard working volunteers, planted more than 300 native plants at the historic Reise farm near Orting.

This planting extended the original 700’ hedgerow parallel to the Foothills Trail and SR-162 an additional 1000’ towards the city of Orting. As it matures, the native shrubs in the hedgerow will provide benefits to the organic crops planted in the adjacent fields, not the least of which is the attraction of native pollinators. Check it out as you drive, bike, or walk through this area in McMillin.