Clark County Public Works wants to recognize the wonderful volunteers who work hard to make our community better.
The following provides a brief summary of some of the volunteer activities in the county during 2017.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, 26 volunteers arrived at Whipple Creek Regional Park to clear the 4-mile trail system of storm damage that occurred the earlier in the month. This project was in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The work originally scheduled for Jan. 16 but was postponed for five days because of previous week’s snowstorm.
Aside from a few large trees Parks Maintenance staff cut up with a chain saw, the volunteers cleared the main trails. This is a great example of the difference volunteers can make in just a few hours. The volunteers were from local schools, including Skyview High School, and from the mountain biking and equestrian communities. Great job everyone!
Thirteen youth participated in the Vancouver VolunTEEN event at the 78th Street Heritage Farm on Thursday, Feb. 16. Despite persistent pouring rain, the teens got to work removing English ivy and clematis, both non-native plants, from natural areas at the farm. Many of the youth were from Skyview High School Gear Up, a group that regularly attends VolunTEEN events. A big thank you to all the youth who braved the rain and cold that day!
All VolunTEEN events are from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. the second, third and fourth Thursdays of the month at different locations throughout Clark County and the city of Vancouver. Click here for more information.
On Saturday, March 11, 15 volunteers with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tackled several projects at Lacamas Lake Regional Park.
Earlier that morning, county maintenance crews trimmed back invasive blackberries that volunteers raked up. Picnic tables, park signs, play structures and garbage cans were scrubbed clean of dirt and moss. Volunteers also pulled invasive English ivy from trees and raked bark chips, creating an even surface under play equipment.
A big thank you goes out to this group of missionaries who completed each task with a smile.
April was Earth Month, and Clark County partnered with various organizations to kick off several Earth Day events.
On Saturday, April 22, several Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Daisy Troops came out to pick up litter along the beach at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. A small group removed garbage at Blurock Landing and another group worked in Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Twenty-three bags of mixed waste were removed from all locations.
Thank you to all volunteers who made it out, despite the continuous rain.
On May 5, employees with ECOVA, a sustainability and energy management company, came together for a volunteer work party at Tenny Creek Neighborhood Park.
While only two volunteers attended this event, their work to remove invasive English Ivy was immense.
Their effort demonstrates that even a few people can make a big difference.
On June 1, volunteers from SkyView High School’s Gear Up program completed their last adopt-a-park clean up at Chinook Neighborhood Park.
Following a full day of school, students dontated their time to pick up litter, clean park benches and picnic tables, wipe down park signs, smooth out bark chips under play equipment, and wipe play structures clean.
We wish the best to all the graduating seniors and hope to see a few familiar faces in the fall.
On Saturday, June 10, 31 volunteers from Crossroads Community Church assisted Camp Hope for a three hour work party. They assisted with various maintenance projects as a part of their ongoing Second Saturday community event.
Volunteers spread new soil and grass seed, removed invasive Scotch Broom vegetation, power washed moss off the basketball area, moved vegetation debris and maintained several trails.
Volunteers donated a total of 124 hours of their time to help ready the camp for upcoming events.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, members of Crossroads Community Church volunteered at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park for their Second Saturday community event.
Volunteers collected litter for three hours. They split into three groups and picked up litter from Caterpillar Island to Blurock Landing. Twenty-three bags of garbage were collected, along with several pieces of broken furniture.
On Sept. 16, students with Columbia River High School volunteered for three hours at Vancouver Lake Regional Park.
The 25 students split into two groups. One group worked with Ryan Ojerio of the Washington Trails Association clearing encroaching vegetation from the trail. The second group worked further up the trail clearing blackberry from a mitigation planting area.
On Sept. 21, students with Skyview High School’s track and cross country teams volunteered at Whipple Creek Regional Park.
Tyler Castle of the Whipple Creek Restoration Committee assisted students as gravel was spread along three separate trail sections.
The track and cross country teams use this park regularly for training and racing. This was a great opportunity for the team to give back to the park.
On Oct. 14, volunteers removed non-native scotch broom at the Camas lily field at Lacamas Lake Regional Park. Volunteers also spread Camas lily seed balls throughout the field.
Many organizations were involved in this project. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collected Camas lily seed in the spring. Inmates at the Larch Corrections Center created the seed balls during the summer. Community volunteers spread the seed balls following the removal of scotch broom.
The Environmental and Activism Club from Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School helped install a pollinator garden at Curtin Springs Wildlife Habitat on Saturday, Oct. 21.
A 30-by-30 foot patch of grass was covered with black plastic this spring to kill the grass, weeds and seed bank over the summer. Students removed the tarps, raked up the dead grass, fertilized the ground and spread native seed.
This club also adopted the Demonstration Gardens at Pacific Community Park so its members could see what it takes to start a garden from seed.
On Nov. 16, employees from Whole Foods Market pulled non-native English ivy from a water retention area at Lacamas Lake Regional Park. The volunteer group was small, but they were able to make great progress by nearly filling a 10-yard drop box.
Whole Foods has participated at several events at Lacamas Lake Regional Park, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
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