Feature “Livestake” Story

Livestaking is the process of inserting live vegetation such as trees, plants and shrubs into the soil in such a manner as to allow them to take root and grow. This bioengineering concept was taught in my Environmental Science class at Portland Community College. Live stakes can help repair and buttress trouble areas in the earth such as gullies or arches in the earth’s soil. This stabilizes the soil by reinforcing and binding soil particles together. The Indian Creek watershed, which sits nearby my junior college on the Indian Creek Campus, has and still is receiving constant attention from the students and the community. The area is being rejuvenated. This has provided the citizens of Hood River as well as the students and staff of Portland Community College with educational opportunities as well as an esthetic location to enjoy and visit. Pioneer species of flora and fauna continue to flourish in the area. Raptor poles have been built and erected by students and interest in the restoration of the Indian Creek watershed is strong. Water properties such as Ph levels, turbidity, and indications of E.coli are constantly being monitored by the students. These pictures represent the spring class of 2010 and their efforts on the Earth Day livestake project, April 22nd,2010, in Hood River,Ore.

The “little bridge” across Indian Creek in Hood River,Ore.