Eco-Maintenance with Lurgaia

This activity counts for Activity and Service.

Learning Outcome: Worked collaboratively with others.

Goal: Eliminate at least ten invasive plants from the Azkorri area.

Last weekend, on Saturday the 21st, some of my classmates and I participated in an eco-maintenance activity with an environmental organization called Lurgaia. In this trip, we took a walk through a forest area near a beach in Azkorri. We were told by the people in the organization that these types of habitats are very rare in the world and that they should be taken care of properly.

Eventually, we arrived at an area with many invasive plants that prevented regional plants from growing. The organization’s staff provided us with gloves and told us to take out as many as we could. Together, my classmates and I pulled out many of these invasive plants and, just as I had proposed for my goal, I managed to pull out exactly ten of them!

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Me pulling out a plant.

However, I did not do this alone. Many of the plants were extremely hard to pull out, as they were deeply rooted in the ground. Therefore, it sometimes took up to two or three people to pull out a single plant. Many times, we also had to take on different roles to pull them out: some would dig around their roots to weaken the plant’s grip while others pulled. This really goes to show how important teamwork is when it comes to taking care of the environment.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable experience that I would not mind participating in again!


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