Close to 300 citizens helped make the area sparkle for locals and tourists alike.

SUBMITTED PHOTO: CAROLINE SKINNER - Volunteers help out during a November work party at Nob Hill Nature Park.Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park will look back at 2020 as a year when volunteer citizens from the area made sure the scenic park sparkled for both tourists and local visitors.

The city of St. Helens has announced that volunteers spent 227 hours making improvements to the park last year.

Volunteers removed invasive species, cleared trails, planted deer screening and maintained habitats for native flora and fauna, according to the city.

Last November, during a volunteer work party at Nob Hill, 26 individuals helped place and mulch dozens of native plants, which were purchased with a $500 grant from the Portland Garden Club.

The city reported that, "Improvements to Nob Hill were made possible through a $12,414 grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, which funded a crew to remove invasive species, such as blackberries and English Ivy."

The city said, "The ongoing stewardship of the native oak habitats allowed volunteers to reclaim and replant sections of Nob Hill with plants native to the region."

Among those who helped out the effort: Boy Scout Troop 294, Pack 294 and Troop 250.

The popular Columbia County destination is an oak woodland habitat that is home to native white oak trees, shrubs, wildflowers and lilies.

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