Bickleton School Kids Participate in Riparian Education and Planting

Eastern Klickitat Conservation District received a $5,000 grant through the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment to educate fifth and sixth grade students at the Bickleton school about healthy riparian ecosystems. Following a classroom presentation on riparian areas, students engaged in creating their own planting plans for the site along Alder Creek. Students used these plans to strategically place vegetation according to its watering needs. An emphasis was placed on using native vegetation for the planting to help improve survivability. Most of the riparian plant community along Alder creek in this region consists of sagebrush and juniper with a few surviving pine from a previous planting. Due to the lack of variability in vegetation, a variety of trees, shrubs and forbs were planted to enhance shade and erosion control along the stream bank and add variety to the wildlife habitat.

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Verle Kaiser dedicated 39 years to working with the Soil Conservation Service on the Palouse. After his death, friends and colleagues established the Verle Kaiser Conservation Endowment with the Washington State University Foundation to promote the conservation ethic through conservation and natural resource education.

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