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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Willamette Mission State Park, Salem, Oregon, USA

Willamette Mission State Park, Salem, Oregon, USA
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 1
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Scouts Park clean-up

Dustin and Mathew, both Webelos scouts, went to Willamette
Mission State Park to clean up trash.

First we went down to the river. We found quiet a lot of trash.
We also saw a pop can on the water but, it was too far out to get.
We found a whole bunch of glass, another pop can, and some rubbery, blue stuff. As we were making our way through the trail we saw some three leaf plants, which we soon identified as Poison Oak!!! We decided to be a little more careful of where we step!

On another trail there wasn’t as much garbage as the first trail but supposedly because this trail was paved and more commonly used by bikers and strollers. There was a trail map that had been ruined and the old parts were below in an awful mess! We cleaned it up and it looked much better afterward. There was a small side trail. It led onto a small sand dune. As we left the side trail Dustin said “Ouch! I think something bit me!” We put some cold water on the “so called bite ’’ (Which was later identified as stingy nettle!!!?)and went on. We turned around & went back to the parking lot on a horse trail which had only 2 pieces of trash!

Near the end of the trail we cut through a picnic area to get back to the car. On a picnic bench we spread out all the garbage that we picked up. We had traveled many trails in one hour & and picked up only this much trash! amazing!!!
Date: March 15, 2007 Views: 9645 File size: 52.1kb, 455.5kb : 1362 x 1015
Hours Volunteered: 10
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 10 to 11
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 10
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 1
August 31, 2007 8:49pm

I think it's really neat that you are so enthusiastic about cleaning areas that get plenty of action, but are not cared for often enough. And who says cleaning can't be an adventure? Great Job Guys!