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Volunteer Event in the Columbia River Gorge

April 20, 2019

Coordinator: Mika Barrett

The group met together at the Beacon Rock State Park location at 10 a.m. and ready to take on the world of invasive blackberry. Trip leader, Mika Barrett, spoke with the group about natural resources restoration work in the Columbia Gorge and the ecological threats of invasive plants.

We started the morning by hiking less than 1/2 mile along the Lake to Rock trail and identified several native plants, including Bleeding Heart & Chocolate Lilly. SAC Members chopped Himalayan Blackberry for two hours before lunch. Lunch was casual, sitting by Riddell Lake and our burial ground of blackberry. Volunteers worked for another hour after lunch and made a huge dent in the invasive patch. The lake became visible from the trail as SAC members knocked down several hundred feet of blackberry.

Everyone gathered back to the cars after the event and (hopefully) felt warm in the heart after doing meaningful volunteer work.


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