LOWELL, Ore. -- Students from Twin Rivers Charter School participated in a 24-hour invasive species removal project at the Lowell State Recreation Area on Friday.
Taking part in a program called From the Roots, their goal was to fight blackberries, Scotch broom and other non-native plants.
"Just by doing this and getting all the ivy off trees and all that -- when we're doing that, it actually releases the sun to actually make the trees grow better," student Richard Kubishta said.
The marathon field trip started at 10 a.m. and continued through 10 a.m. the next day.
“We are working our hardest,” student Jeremiah Marr said during the event. “A lot of times, it looks like we’re goofing off and stuff, which sometimes we are, but we are really working hard. And a lot of these kids really do care even if it doesn’t seem that way, but most of these kids really do care about the environment and care about the community.”
Twin Rivers is a Eugene charter school that’s part of the Northwest Youth Corps.