Cascadia Community College:

Action in the Present Gives Hope for the Future

On February 24th, 2000, I made a trip out to the Cascadia Community College building site in Bothell to take a look at what was going on. I had heard from a teacher that they were dealing with a nearby stream in a unique way--they had redesigned it to make it curve, creating a water-rich area great for the native plants and animals already living in the area. Anyway, I arrived that morning hoping to catch some pictures of this stream...unfortunately, since it was a construction site, the flood plains where the stream is located were off-limits to the general public. However, I hadn't even considered the existence of what I found in the ecology wing. One of the people in charge there, Theresa, was nice enough to show me around and talk about what was going on. What a sight it was! Rows upon rows of treelings, grasses, and other native plants. Cascadia has been working with a company called L.C. Lee & Associates for the past 4-5 years to come up with a plan to deal with the wetlands, streams, and native life on the building site. Their plan called for 400,000 native trees and other plants to be placed on the flood plains and unused land to compensate for the construction of the school. The on-site nursery at Cascadia is providing about 1/4 of that number. I was able to get plenty of pictures of the outside and inside portions of the nursery, and have organized them into two sections below.

  • Outside - Outside under the sky are the older, more established plants, many of which are ready to be taken out and planted.

  • Inside - The greenhouses nurture the plants from seedlings with their extra warmth and protection from the elements.

Copyright 2000 by Katie Rivard
This site is the product of a "Stewardship of Society" action research project
for Ms. Britton-Simmons' Honors 10th grade English class of 1999-2000.
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