2015 CCHS Symposium Presenters

2015 CCHS Symposium Presenters

On Friday, May 22, Cascade Christian juniors, Allison McMahan, Sara Shelton, and Brandon Winters presented at the 20th Annual Bear Creek Watershed Symposium. The three were joined by retired BLM Soil and Water Specialist, Dave Maurer.

The presentation, Restoring the Bear, was an update on the ongoing school project to restore and preserve the riparian zone along the eastern bank of Bear Creek adjacent to the school property. The audience was third grade students from Medford’s Jackson Elementary School. Sponsored by Bear Creek Watershed Education Partners (BCWEP), the Symposium offers a forum for discussion and a means of exploring new ways of studying this vital natural resource.

Junior Sara Shelton fields questions from inquisitive third grade students.

Junior Sara Shelton fields questions from inquisitive third grade students.

Over the past five years, Cascade Christian students have helped reclaim about 50% of the creek bank adjacent o the school by removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants. The process has accelerated this year with the significant removal of the invasive Himalayan blackberry plant.

Intense discussion by students and Sara about he Bear Creek Ecosystem

Intense discussion by students and Sara about the Bear Creek Ecosystem

Students in Mr. Gary Bennett’s Stream Ecology class work weekly to move this effort forward. Work parties continue through the summer to monitor and manage the restoration work. If you are interested in learning more about Cascade’s Restore the Bear project or how you can volunteer during the summer months, contact the school at 541-772-0606.

Published May 28, 2015 by the CCHS Communications Department.