Local Girl Scouts worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up a pond in West Park, part of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge, as an Earth Day event.
The group from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Service Unit 22 — which included participants from Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties — worked on the April 21 project. They planted coyote willows and cottonwood trees. Also, they removed invasive Russian olive trees while assisting in making the wildlife area more habitable for animals that reside in the area. In addition, they removed debris from around the wildlife park. Afterwards, the group traveled to Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, to hear a special presentation about the life of trees.
In addition, more than 80 Girl Scouts, their family members and friends participated in activities at Camp Arrowhead, located near Stevenson, Washington. In addition to planting trees and trail restoration, they participated in fun activities. Participants came from Boardman, Irrigon and the Willamette Valley, as well as Seattle and Englewood, Colorado.
Three trees — a Douglas fir, a mountain hemlock and a Western red cedar — were planted to help commemorate Earth Day as well as celebrate 70 years of outdoor skill-building, friendships and appreciation for nature at Camp Arrowhead.
Allie Roberts, outdoor program manager for GSOSW, said thousands of girls have gained outdoor skills and made memories at the camp.
“Whether a girl attended camp for one summer or came back year after year, her time on this mountain had an impact,” Roberts said. “She learned to care for the environment here. She made lifelong friends here. She discovered her own strengths and leadership potential here. Those lessons last.”