IMAGE GALLERY: Native Plants Returning to Restored Areas along Starkweather Creek

The Friends of Starkweather Creek has recently decided to take a more active role in rejuvenating and restoring the historical ecosystems in our watershed through restoration work parties. Work parties have been a great way to practice ecological restoration, learn about plant communities, and make friends. 

Throughout winter, spring, and summer–volunteers have cut, pulled, pushed, carried, and stacked dozens of bags of garlic mustard and dame’s rocket and stacked hundreds of buckthorn trees into brush piles for wildlife. 

Recently, our volunteer’s hard work has become evident–especially along the Starkweather Woods area. Numerous uncommon native plants previously choked out and suppressed by a wall of invasive species have, for the first time in many years, begun to flower! 

Including on this list is the┬áState Special Concern plant–Glade Mallow which is only grows in high-quality remnant habitats. See the gallery below for pictures, including seven different native plant species documented in this area as restorations have progressed.

Volunteer restoration work parties take place throughout the year so please sign up for our mailing list by sending your email address to You can also stay up-to-date with our latest events by joining our Friends of Starkweather Creek Facebook page. RSVPing for events is helpful for planning purposes.

Friends of Starkwather Creek hopes to see you at our next work day!