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Spring break students volunteer in Seattle to help the Black Hills

 
Students and two advisors at Black Hills State University recently participated in the 2008 BHSU Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle, Wash. The goal of the trip was to use the knowledge and experiences learned in Seattle and apply it to maintaining the environment of the Black Hills. The group of BHSU students did more than 500 hours of community service work for the city of Seattle, including removing invasive species from over 5,150 square feet of parkland. Participants also planted over 300 trees and mulched several thousand square feet of forest.
Students and two advisors at Black Hills State University recently participated in the 2008 BHSU Alternative Spring Break trip to Seattle, Wash.

The goal of the trip was to use the knowledge and experiences learned in Seattle and apply it to maintaining the environment of the Black Hills.

“After working so hard in Seattle, the students wanted to bring back their new skills to South Dakota,” said Sarah Hanify, BHSU Community-University-Resource-Exchange representative. “A number of them participated in the D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery Spring Clean-up and I hope to plan another work day in a state park this summer.”

All volunteer work was done in conjunction with pre-existing Seattle area groups, including Earthcorps, the Nature Consortium, People for Puget Sound, and Green Seattle Partnership. In total, the BHSU group did more than 500 hours of community service work for the city of Seattle, including removing invasive species from over 5,150 square feet of parkland. These species included the Himalayan Blackberry, which is an invasive weed that is slowly taking over the city’s parks. Participants also planted over 300 trees and mulched several thousand square feet of forest.

For more information, contact Hanify at 642-6471 or SarahHanify@BHSU.edu.

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