My work with the Washington Conservation Corp (WCC) was with a restoration crew sponsored by the Skagit River Systems Co-op. The organization does work in the Skagit river basin to restore salmon habitat. The focus of this work is on riparian areas, in the summer season which I had worked we primarily maintained sites where plantings had been done previously. This was done through brush cutting survival rings around young plants, as well as removing invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry and morning glory either through herbicide use or brush cutting. Hours worked with WCC were ten hours four days a week. The addition and maintenance of native plants provides many benefits to the area by these new plants ability to compete with invasive species present, by their reduction of run off, and by providing shade and debris to the area and water bodies.
Kelm, Maczenzie, "Washington Conservation Corps Intern" (2023). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 156.
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