Students become good allies to the forest

Toledo Middle School students learn the importance of planting native species. Photo DNR
Toledo Middle School students learn the importance of planting native species. Photo DNR

Toledo Middle School students in Lewis County have not only planted native berry shrubs, but they also learned how to restore habitat with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

In a two-day effort (inside the classroom and outside), Toledo’s 7th and 8th grade science classes learned the importance of using and protecting native plant species. Their main focus was to plant more diversity in the forest and to revegetate open areas along a nearby trail owned by the City of Toledo.

Carlo Abbruzzese, DNR’s conservation lands manager, said, “I’m happy and hopeful anytime I see kids outdoors getting their hands dirty and learning about native species. It’s great to see teachers making this kind of effort to get kids outside and teach them about protecting and restoring habitat.”

These students now know that certain weeds can compete with native plants, disrupting the food chain and throwing the ecosystem off balance. They also know how to properly plant and care for native species. Our thanks to these enthusiastic allies of the forest.

See more of the story from Vision: Toledo article.

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