BLUE HILL – Students from the Blue Hill Consolidated School spent Wednesday afternoon outside and working.
“Our fifth through eighth graders are actually going to remove as many of the invasive plant species on our property as possible,” said Principal Shelly Schildroth.
Invasive species can harm the native plants and animals of a region. Students were after four different plants, including a burning bush, which is now illegal to purchase in Maine.
“The students were really amazed at how many invasives there were on their campus,” said Blue Hill Heritage Trust Outreach Director Chrissy Allen. “They were downright shocked.”
Many of the older students were excited to give back to their school and community in a positive way.
“I’m looking forward to chopping down some of the really big vines because a lot of them are strangling the trees to a point where they can’t live,” said eighth grade student Everett Styles-Martin.
Some of the younger students didn’t take part in the actual removal of the plants, but participated in other projects that helped them learn about invasive species.
“As they grow up they are going to be the ones who are the leaders in helping tackle some of these environmental issues that we have,” said Allen. “Invasive plants are a huge problem everywhere.”
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust helped create the event. Other community volunteers participated, and are excited about similar future projects.
“For the other towns, other schools, other organizations it could catch fire and we’re really excited,” said Allen.