Students in Dr. Jeremy Spoon's Environmental Anthropology course joined efforts with the Stream Team to help restore riparian vegetation around Salmon Creek in H.B. Fuller Park, Vancouver, Washington. On Saturday, November 16, the Stream Team, a volunteer organization of Clark Public Utilities, hosted eighteen PSU volunteers. Volunteers included faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and their family and friends. Students and volunteers planted 313 native riparian trees alongside the Creek.
The Stream Team focuses on habitat restoration with the goal of attracting the Northwest's iconic salmon back to the creek by improving water quality and reducing erosion in riparian areas within the Salmon Creek watershed. The organization depends on the support, cooperation, and knowledge of diverse stakeholders including private landholders, government agencies, conservation organizations, Americorps volunteers, and others. Armed with gloves, shovels, and saplings, students also explored their own ideas about people and nature. One student, toting twelve dogwood saplings commented, "I am carrying my own wilderness."