Rock Creek Restoration

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Phase 1: PLAN

Planning is about strategy and making choices. Tell us about the choices you made for your project. Note: it is not the expectation that you would check every box in this area. Please check only those that apply.
1. Where is your project's biggest impact?
Community
2. What were the goals for your project?
Invasive plant removal.
3. What strategy did you use?
Advocacy

Phase II: DO

1. Did you accomplish the goals you set for this project? Please explain.
We focused on an area of the river bank that was near the city's water intake. We accomplished taking care of the area in focus however the great river at large as issues with invasive that would realistically need an act of congress in order for full removal/funding.
2. Choose your impact measurement from the drop down menu and provide details in the box provided (such as specific numbers or results).
Plants planted
3. When did you begin and complete your project?
fall 2021
4. What was challenging about your project and how did you respond?
reaching out to the community so that enough people were informed about how damaging English ivy is and that it should not be planted in the future near our waterways.
5. Which groups were involved in this project? Students, faculty, staff or community groups?
Community members, family.
6. Was your project funded? If so, how?
Volunteer
6. How did you communicate about this project and educate the broader campus and/or community?
emails, phone calls. Info sessions with material provided about ivy 101

Phase III: REVIEW

Part of being an EcoLeader is learning how to design, implement and evaluate projects. Use this space to tell us how you evaluated your project and what your plans are moving forward.
1. How have you evaluated your project?
Group reflection
If other, please describe:
we looked at the area in focus and felt accomplished and that we removed what we set out to do. However as mentioned earlier our region has been greatly affected by being overrun with invasive plants. So its all about perspective.
2. What did you do after your reviewed your project?
Celebrated

Phase IV: LESSONS LEARNED

1. What was the biggest or best thing you learned from your project?
do not pull ivy from tree bark or it will injure the three. we learned to cut at the base and just let the ivy branches die on the bark.
2. What advice would you give to others working on a similar project?
Depends on location, because this was near a source of drinking water we did not use any kind of spray.
3. Based on your response above, what are your future plans for this project? And are there resources (people, financial, etc.) available to sustain it?
Maintenance, you have to be vigilant in order for the young seedlings of native trees to be allowed to get established.,

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Date Added: Oct 4, 2021
Date Last Modified: Oct 4, 2021