ethic and encourage volunteerism among the local youth. After several meetings and conference calls, the concept of an Environmental Club was created, and a proposal submitted to the Jubitz Foundation. A few months later, on November 30, we were informed that our proposal had been awarded a grant, and that we had secured additional funding for plants and supplies by the Willamette Habitat Restoration Fund. Since we were already in the midst of the school year, we ramped up the planning process and fleshed out a schedule and list of topics as quickly as we could. The club's first meeting was this past Tuesday, February 16, and will continue to meet every first and third Tuesday of the month until summer break. While there is some classroom time, the focus leans heavily toward hands-on learning about botany, restoration ecology and environmental stewardship. Having 14 students show up for the first meeting seemed to send a strong signal that this after-school club was filling a niche that many students were hungry for. Though most of the students were unfamiliar with terms like "watershed," "restoration," and "riparian zone," they quickly absorbed the concepts and related them to the things many of them did know about and ardently believed in - the need to take good care of our natural resources. After about 15 minutes of introductions and discussion, we headed off to do what the students had almost unanimously declared that they had joined to do--get outdoors.
trees and shrubs can be propagated by cuttings, but certain species do readily sprout roots from branches that are lopped off and immediately planted deep into the soil. The five species in the waiting buckets - red osier dogwood, willow, douglas spirea, snowberry and Pacific ninebark - were carefully selected not only because they are relatively easy to propagate this way, but because they provide a lot of benefits to the fish, birds and wildlife communities that rely on healthy streamside habitat for their survival. The students made sure to step gingerly around the young plants already in the ground, as they dug deep holes for each cutting and marked each site with a green flag. For about an hour, they worked hard, laughed a lot, asked many questions, made new discoveries, and ended up transplanting close to 60 cuttings!