Sagebrush Planting and Ranting – By Aislin & Aleigha Jones

By Aislin Jones

On March 31st, 2022. Grades 8-12 went on a field trip up Highway 71 to help the Department of Fish and Game plant many different plants such as bottle brush, rabbitbrush, and sagebrush.

On this trip, many students got to learn how to use all of the different tools and how to plant plants. There wasn’t really much to look at, but a huge mountain with many burnt places on it that all of us students participated in planting over. It was very cold when we all got there, but throughout the day, it kind of warmed up, but still with plenty of wind.. When we first showed up and I saw all of the plants that we had to plant, I thought to myself: “We are never going to get all of these planted today and it’s going to be very boring.” But, as we started planting those plants and digging holes in the ground, it turned out to be quite fun. Yes, the weather was a bit cold, but that didn’t stop any of us from getting those plants planted.

I learned that the planting was a lot harder than expected. There is a certain amount that you have to go deep in the ground, there were many difficulties trying to find good spots that we could actually plant in, and last, but not least, the huge mountains we had to climb were so steep that many of us almost kept falling down.

This field trip was lots of fun, and the teachers were very energetic and very understanding when kids needed to take breaks.

By Aleigha Jones

If I had to choose which activity would be my favorite this school year, I would have to choose sagebrush planting. Even though it may have felt a little bit like community service, I enjoyed helping our local Fish and Game members.

There were many things that I liked about planting the sagebrush, but my favorite part was the total amount of plants that my friend and I planted. In case you’re wondering, we planted about 5 buckets and 7 bags full of plants, which is about 150.

I also enjoyed how nice and helpful the Fish and Game members were. They showed us step-by-step how to plant the Sagebrush and even dug most of the holes for us. There weren’t many things I didn’t enjoy about this, but one thing that I didn’t exactly like about it was the cold weather, but our Fish and Game leader helped me out and gave me gloves.

I liked how well everybody worked together through this and how much we helped the Fish and Game crew and the wildlife. After planting about 2 buckets and 2 bags, we took a break and ate lunch; after, we got right back to work. After lunch, we planted 3 more buckets and 5 more bags. Then, we decided it was time to get back to school.

We all thanked the Fish and Game crew and helped them load all the empty boxes in the back of their pickup. After about 5 hours of planting, we loaded back on the bus and headed back to school. 

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