Student leadership in the battle against invasive plants

Mae Whyte leading the community in invasive removal
Mae Whyte leading the community in invasive removal

Congratulations to Mae Whyte, the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation student who won this year’s Together In Action Student Leadership Award from the Invasive Species Council of BC!

Mae won the $1000 award for her wide-ranging efforts to raise awareness about—and physically tackle—invasive plant species on campus and beyond.

She led the coordination of a removal, replanting, and education event on campus, resulting in a “Meet at the Creek” Earth Day event.

Because of Mae’s efforts, our community learned a lot about plant types, removal of invasive plants, local streamkeeper groups, and related issues. Students and staff donned gloves and got down to the hard work of removing blackberry roots, which built community as well as awareness, not to mention some muscle!


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