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Planting, mulching done at Gresham natural area along Springwater Corridor Trail

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Volunteers lugged mulch to plants, which will help them survive the upcoming hot summer days. A group of local volunteers came together to roll up their sleeves and do some mulching for Earth Day.

Monday morning, April 22, about 50 people joined the Mulch About Town event, which was hosted by the city of Gresham and Johnson Creek Watershed Council, at the Ochioto natural area, near Hogan Drive along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

The event had people planting oak saplings along Johnson Creek and adding mulch around the base of trees that were planted earlier this year.

The work will ensure the new plants will survive the upcoming hot summer months.

"Mulch increases their survival rate by about 20 to 30 percent," said Mike Wallace, city of Gresham ecologist.

The restoration work creates a safe haven for animals within the creek area, shading the water and keeping it cool enough for them to thrive.

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PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Volunteers helped support native trees with mulch during an Earth Day event Monday morning, April 22.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham Ecologist Mike Wallace helped lead the planting efforts in the Ochioto natural area off the Springwater Corridor Trail.

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