Advisors: Mrs. Carey
Members from the Iron Mountain Environmental Club recently worked in their school forest tackling invasive species threats. The IM School Forest was designated as an affiliate of the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition “Adopt a Spot” program last spring. Dickinson Conservation District’s Lindsay Peterson and Ann Hruska assisted in the project. They discussed different types of invasive species in the forest and how they affect the ecosystem. The students split into three groups, two groups attacked two invasive plants, Japanese Barberry and Honeysuckle, by cutting the plants then spraying the stems with herbicide. This treatment will prevent the plants from growing back next spring. The third group worked on trail maintenance. The group of students made a big difference for the future health of the forest.
Zooplankton ID Field Trip
Members of the IMHS Environmental Club recently made secchi disks for the Dickinson Conservation District's winter lake sampling project. Students will be using them to collect data on water clarity in local lakes, such as Lake Antoine and Bass Lake. In addition, sampling will include dissolved oxygen and temperature profiles, as well as plankton collection. The club would like to thank Lindsey Peterson, Conservation Projects Manager, for her involvement with the club.