Kids from three islands teamed up to help restore wetland habitat at the San Juan County’s Land Bank property at Beaverton Valley Marsh. The 14 students in the fourth to sixth grade classes at Salmonberry School and the 10 students from the seventh grade science class at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor met up for the first in what will be a series of environmental stewardship and community service projects this week.
The land bank acquired this wetland habitat years ago and has been coordinating volunteers in an effort to reclaim the monoculture canary reed grass cattle pasture and reintroduce the kind of diverse plant species needed to attract birds and other wildlife to restore the ecosystem.
“I knew that Salmonberry had worked on this project in the past, planting hundreds of specimens along the edge of these wetlands. And it seemed like such a natural collaboration for us,” said Spring Street teacher Sharon Massey.