On Friday October 28 students from the PSU fall quarter Neighborhoods and Watersheds capstone class met Janet Johnson of Friends of Crystal Spring Creek to plant native shrubs at Westmoreland's Union Manor retirement home. We planted twenty shrubs along the east bank near the gazebo and also removed about 300 pounds of invasive weeds (mostly reed canary grass) from the cattail patch near the gazebo and a few other spots. As many hands make light work, we also found time to remove about a dozen cattail plants from the lawn at the boundary of the riparian planting zone and replant them along the stream at the north end of the property. We also had doughnuts!
In the background a PSU student speaks with a Union Manor resident. Some of the residents have lived near the creek for decades and will be interviewed by fall 2011 capstone students working on the Crystal Springs Creek oral history project.
Just kidding- this is not all Rowan does. He is also the Bureau of Environmental Services liaison to the PSU capstone (and the Crystal Springs Community collaborative) and the fellow who keeps the balloon in the air between meetings.
In short, we had a great time and as usual accomplished more than we expected.