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Posted: Tuesday, Feb 19th, 2013

At a banquet hosted by the Oregon Invasive Species Council, Siuslaw Elementary School students were given the Invader Crusader Award for learning about and working to improve the watershed. In the photo are State Rep. Caddy McKeown; Jim Grano, a program coordinator; State Sen. Arnie Roblan; David Spencer; teacher Tricia Coyne; Kelsey Larson; teacher Di McPheeters; Jared Northrop; Mark Northrop, from the U.S. Forest Service fisheries program; and Perry Larsen. Also part of the school program, but not shown, are Dawenell Wright and Alice Sichting-Burns. (courtesy photo)

Jim Grano, of Mapleton, and fourth-grade students from Siuslaw Elementary School were recognized for their efforts to improve local watershed health through school curriculum and restoration projects.

Recently the students, led by Grano, who is the Siuslaw Salmon and Watersheds Study coordi-nator, and Mike Northrop, U.S. Forest Service fisheries program manager, cleared an entire hillside of Scotch Broom, freeing space for native plants to re-establish. The Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) honored the group with a formal presentation of the Invader Crusader Award at a banquet Feb. 12 in Salem.

Siuslaw Elementary was the only school in the state to receive the award this year.

OISCís mission is to conduct efforts to keep invasive species out of Oregon.

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