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Jump-starting a wetland


Helga the Restoration Truck is filled with bareroot ninebark ready for planting.

An extremely successful stewardship day at Clear Lake, just west of downtown Warrenton,  resulted in planting of 1,200 trees and native shrubs on March 29, giving this ambitious habitat creation project a big boost. A heavily grazed sand dune, virtually devoid of vegetation, had previously been excavated to create a new wetland: all that wetland and adjacent upland needed was plants to get it started on a new trajectory. Volunteers pitched in alongside NCLC staff to get the job done. Many thanks to all who helped Clear Lake get a fresh start, including our friends at Skipanon Watershed Council, and thanks to Neal Maine of PacificLight Images for these photos.


Doug Ray instructs the group in proper planting techniques.


Sharon Perkins teaches her grandchildren Sotiris and Victoria how to plant.


Our youngest volunteer of the day, Sotiris, was a very careful and talented planter.


Susan Anderson and Dick Perkins carry the (very heavy!) bare root shrubs to the planting site.


Austin Tomlinson, Associate Director Jon Wickersham, and James Thompson plant the slope of the wetland. The sandy soils made for such easy planting, that Jon is digging with his hands!


NCLC Conservation Assistant Amy Hutmacher


Volunteer site steward, Jim Border, braved the “far side” of the wetland to establish important species in hard to get to places.



Jesse Jones, Coordinator of the Skipanon Watershed Council, helped with planning of the event and put an amazing number of spruce trees in the ground!


Tessa Scheller, chair of the Skipanon Watershed Council, planted spruce trees in the upland dune slopes above the wetland.


Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers helped to jump start the new wetlands at Clear Lake!


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