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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Troop 190 Helps Out

Blog entry: March 13, 2011
By Renee Rusler

 
A group of boys help with planting.
Boyscouts and their troop leaders take shovelfuls of compost from the pile and place it around new plants. There is a young plant in the center of each dark circle on the black strip of mulch-cloth.
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close-up of shoveling compost around new plant

Compost being placed around plant.

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Boy Scout Troop 190 out of Richland, Washington, arrived early Saturday morning. They were here to help with the park's on-going efforts to restore Doan Creek. The day's goal: Get ahead of the weeds!

It was a two-pronged effort. First task was to put compost around new plants. The park makes its own composts out of grass-clippings, downed branches, and other plant material. The compost is a nutrient rich, water-retaining medium useful to growing plants. And if you pile it thick enough, it keeps weeds from popping up.

 
ranger spreading black mulch-cloth onto ground
Ranger Roger Trick demonstrates how to lay down mulch-cloth.
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Another way to reduce weeds is to use mulch-cloth. Mulch-cloth allows water to pass through, but not plants. Desired shrubs and grasses are placed in slits in the cloth. Unfortunately, recent winds had ripped the mulch-cloth loose. The day's second goal was to use steel pins to re-attach the mulch-cloth.

 
close-up of using foot to push stake through mulch-cloth
A scout uses his foot to give the pin a final push. The next pin to be placed is lying to the right.
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Assistant Scout Master Neal Corrigan and park ranger Roger Trick discuss progress.

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This is not the first time Troop 190 has helped out at Whitman Mission. In the fall of 2009, they removed weeds at the park. These projects help the scouts earn merit badges and complete service hours. According to Assistant Scout Master Neal Corrigan the troop is proud to be able to help the local natural areas.

The Doan Creek restoration would not be possible without the assistance of Troop 190 and the many other volunteers who have helped out over the years. Learn more about the Doan Creek Restoration Project.

If your group would like to lend a hand, contact Roger Trick at 509-522-6360.

Did You Know?

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The Whitmans’ mission was important to early Oregon Trail travelers. Those who were sick, tired, or hungry or who needed a wagon fixed would make the side trip to the mission. Some would spend the winter with the Whitmans before continuing on to the Willamette Valley.