The group installed hundreds of native plants along the stream banks as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers.
Thanks to support from the Environmental Services Native Plant Mini Grant, the Spokane Street Neighbors and local volunteers planted 350 plants and shrubs, and 12 trees along Crystal Springs, a Johnson Creek tributary. The planting included a variety of native wildflowers: bleeding heart, trillium, and foam-flower. Native shrubs planted included sword ferns, salal, spirea, Indian plum, red-flowering currant, salmonberry, mock-orange, red-osier dogwood and Nootka rose. Trees planted were red elderberry, vine maple, red cedar, Douglas fir, and one tall shore pine on the east side of the creek.
The Johnson Creek Watershed Council Support donated bare-root seedlings for planting that were left over from the Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event. A neighbor donated some Nootka rose and vine maple from his yard, as well as fresh red-osier dogwood branch cuttings that were planted at the toe of the bank.
In 1996, neighbors and Environmental Services organized a restoration project along Crystal Springs to remove deteriorating concrete walls and install native plants, shrubs and trees. To continue this work, the Spokane Street neighbors partnered with the Boy Scouts, the Environmental Services Watershed Revegetation Team, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Sellwood Middle School, Save Our Wild Salmon, and many volunteers to weed the site, pick up litter, replant and install beaver protection fencing.
The Spokane Street Neighbors planting event was also registered as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers and was recently highlighted in the Sellwood Bee.