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Washington Middle School completes fall native planting project
The Washington Middle School’s 6th and 7th classes have just concluded the 1st part of an experiment in monitoring a dune ecosystem where the invasive species, spotted knapweed has taken over one area of Calumet Township Park. This effort will gives insight in possible remediation to reestablish natural areas to way they once were. WMS a member of the Lake Superior Stewardship initiative is engaging students in one of the top ten problems impacting the Great Lakes watershed, invasive species.

On September 14th the WMS 7th grade held its annual adopt-a-beach at Calumet Township Park in the morning collecting 152 pounds of trash. In the afternoon students surveyed the park for spotted knapweed, and then concentrated knapweed removal efforts on an area in the eastern part of the park collecting 248 pounds of the invasive plant. Four 30 foot x 30 foot test plots were set up in the areas where the spotted knapweed was removed. If unchecked spotted knapweed will take over an area changing the native biodiversity of the ecosystem it has entered.

On October 2nd and 4th WMS 6th graders planted native seed in three of the test plots with three different application methods, in an effort to study which will yield the best results in reestablishing native plants and also help to slow down the knapweed invasion. Native plant plugs and seed were used in the three plots with the fourth being used as a control. Native seed was provided by the Borealis Seed Company, and some seed was purchased in part with a grant from Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education.

Next year, this year’s 6th graders, as seventh graders will survey the test plots for spotted knapweed, along with ongoing efforts to remove spotted knapweed and reestablish native plants throughout Calumet Township Park.

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