Sam’s Community Service Project

Sam: Okay, I’m good. So, my name is Ms. Sam. And Ms. Loula told you I tested for second-degree black belt, and I passed

Sam Um, and I did my service project and I’d like to tell you a little bit about it. So, for two weekends in December, I went over to Maple Grove Forest Preserve, and we helped, um, cut down invasive tree species.

Speaker 2: So, here’s a mulberry bush, you can see it. And this is, so they’re actually very common in Illinois forests and a lot of people think that they’re normal. So, I don’t know for those of you that can see, but the two pictures here, you can see that the forest is really overgrown and a lot of us think that’s normal.

Speaker 2: But when I went there to help them clear out the trees, I found out that our forests are not supposed to look like that. It’s actually very harmful for our trees because it blocks the sunlight, and it uproots some of our native species. So that’s not good.

Speaker 2: So, what we did is we got, I went out there with my high school and our environmental club went out and we took a bunch of people and we cut down trees and we identified some trees that were bigger so other people could cut them down so that we can hopefully get the rest of the forest to start.

Speaker 2: Um, any questions?

Speaker 3: Um, there was some buckthorn growing by my house and, and my dad cut it down because buckthorn is invasive.

Speaker 2: Yeah. Good job. Thank you for doing that.

Speaker 3: And there’s a, and we have a honeysuckle bush by a, by the, by a garden. And, but Dad didn’t cut it down yet because he wants to leave it because he really likes the honeysuckle.

Speaker 2: Okay. Thank you.


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