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AmeriCorps lends a hand

April 23, 2014 · Updated 2:07 PM

AmeriCorps NCCC team picture, l-r: Dylan Farinash, Alyson Bonner, Ryan Kocak, Morgan Cannon, Kathyna Butcher, Rachael St. Jacques, (in front) Ted Bohland, Micayla Boari. / Contributed photo

Four Winds Westward Ho, a historical summer camp on Orcas Island, is hoping that a team of young adults from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps will be able to eradicate the non-native invasive species spurge laurel from their camp grounds.

The team traveled from their base in Sacramento, Calif., and arrived on the island April 2 to start pulling up the weed.

The camp is thought to be the “ground zero” of the explosive growth of the poisonous plant. Camp staff speculate that Ruth Brown, the founder of the camp in 1927, brought it to the island to decorate her yard with, and slowly but surely it’s been taking over the grounds.

Staff has not been able to get their arms around the problem and hope that this group of volunteers working over an extensive period of time will bring it under control.

The NCCC team is comprised of eight members between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. The team will be living on the camp for three weeks and will also be volunteering at local non-profits in the community.


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