Scouts and REI employees hack out non-native
plants, discover mystery skull.
Zachary St. Louis, age 13,
organized fellow scouts to help in this service
project as part of the requirements to earn
his Life Scout rank, the step before Eagle
Scout (the highest rank).
On October 14, 2006 seven members
of Boy Scout Troop #271 and parents Anne St.
Louis and Russ Vetter joined almost 30 REI employee
volunteers hacking out non-native plants along
the Regents trail into the canyon. This will
make way for the planting of native plants, which
benefit our local birds and other wildlife.
Ben Stevenson, Rose Canyon’s
native plant restorer-in-chief, masterminded
the project. He handed out the weapons (er, tools)
to the scouts and managed to prevent them from
hacking each other rather than the plants. The
boys did a WONDERFUL job.
Troop #271 does the
plant removal dance.
Left to right: Myles Morris,
Ketih Van Orden,
Zachary St. Louis,
Anthony Landau, Garrett Slack,
Mystery skull. Guess the animal.
Click to learn the answer.
Zachary St. Louis, Anthony Landau
Sean Mannix, Keith Van Orden,
Garrett Slack, Anthony Landau,
Recent Volunteer Efforts:
:: High School Volunteer Conducts Canyon Survey
Over spring vacation, U. C. High student John Wilbur set up a table in Rose Canyon
and interviewed people who passed by ö runners, bikers, dog walkers.
See his results here.
His mother, Chris, assisted.
Thank you, John and Chris. John is a member
of a youth leadership council at Volunteer
San Diego. He called Friends of Rose Canyon
to see how he could help.
:: On April 8, 2006, 35 volunteers
from REI gave Rose Canyon an amazing gift: they
pulled a massive amount of honeysuckle vine
out a stream side area that was being choked
by this highly invasive, non-native vine. The location
is across from the native plant garden, near
the Genesee Ave. canyon entrance. Meanwhile, some of the
volunteers worked in the native plant garden,
hauling out brush. These volunteers included the REI store
manager for the San Diego store and new hires
from both the San Diego and Encinitas stores.
Ben Stevenson, grand master of the native plant
garden and this streamside restoration project,
was thrilled. Removing the honeysuckle had been
a project he planned to spend much of next year
on. And if youve never tried to remove honeysuckle,
take a look as these photos: it wraps itself tightly
around anything available, and climbs skyward. It
sets deep, far-reaching roots in the ground. These
volunteers yanked and cut and dug.
With the honey suckle gone, there will be far more
open soil, moisture and sunshine for the new native
plants that Ben will have volunteers plant along
the streamside. As they grow, our native birds and
other animals will have back the kind of place they
most like to live.
Rose Canyon its people, its wildlife and
its native plants - thank you, REI volunteers!
Volunteers April 8, 2006