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NREP Ohop Tree Planting Pre-trip - Elementary

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We are gearing up to bring 350+ students out to the Ohop Creek restoration project for the 2014 planting season. We will use this presentation in your classroom to prepare your students for this service learning project.

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NREP Ohop Tree Planting Pre-trip - Elementary

  1. 1. The First People •The Nisqually Tribe •“Squally-absch”, or “People of the river, People of the grass country”. •Traditionally lived off the land and rivers •Salmon are important to their diet and culture.
  2. 2. European Settlers came…. • Cleared local vegetation • Ditched creeks
  3. 3. Modern Life….
  4. 4. How does this affect wildlife?
  5. 5. Ohop Valley Restoration
  6. 6. The Ohop Valley Story  Ohop Creek is the 2nd most important salmon-producing tributary of the Nisqually River.  A century ago, the creek was drained into a ditch. This was done to dry-out the valley for dairy farming.
  7. 7. Restoration Activities • Re-meander stream • Removing old buildings • Removing invasive plants • Replanting the large floodplain
  8. 8. Why Re-meander a stream?  Meander= to follow a winding, bending course.
  9. 9. Ohop Creek
  10. 10. Ohop Creek
  11. 11. Engineered Log Jams Mimicking Nature
  12. 12. Our Purpose Replant native vegetation to re-establish a healthy riparian zone.
  13. 13. 5 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon A. Roots hold dirt, preventing erosion which can smother the redds within the stream.
  14. 14. 5 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon B. Large woody debris (LWD) provides pools, resting spots, feeding areas, and hiding spaces from predators.
  15. 15. 5 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon C. Trees provide shade, keeping stream temperatures low, a necessity for the survival of salmon.
  16. 16. 5 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon D. Trees provide oxygen, which is good for not only the salmon, but us too.
  17. 17. 5 Main Reasons We Plant Trees For Salmon Lastly… Provide habitat for bugs, which are food for the juvenile salmon! Trees drop leaves, which feed the base of the food chain in the stream!
  18. 18. What is a Native Plant?
  19. 19. Native Plants are Native to our Bioregion!
  20. 20. Red Alder Alanus rubra Oregon Ash Fraxinus latifolia
  21. 21. Balsam Poplar Populus balsamifera Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis
  22. 22. Pacific Crab Apple Malus fusca Red Osier Dogwood Cornus sericea
  23. 23. Twinberry Honeysuckle Lonicera involucrata Pacific Ninebark Physocarpus capitatus
  24. 24. Cascara Rhamnus purshiana Swamp Rose Rosa pisocarpa
  25. 25. Rose Spirea Spiraea douglasii Sitka Willow Salix sitchensis
  26. 26. Remember, Safety First!  Walk, don’t run.  Stay in sight of the group at all times.  Shovels:  Sharpened regularly, which makes them dangerous.  Never carry shovels over your shoulder.  Tip should always be pointed towards the ground, like walking sticks.

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