Native plants in newly landscaped areas
The landscaping around the new construction at South is another product of the bond work that is less obvious, but has special meaning. Thanks to an agreement between the district and Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, and input from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, native plants have been included in the newly landscaped areas.
Examples of native plants in the new landscaping include Pacific Madrone, Common Camas, Native Hazel, Oregon White Oak, Kinnikinnick and others. A sign displaying plants’ names, locations in the landscape, and descriptions of how the plants were used by native people will be installed in the landscaped area.
The landscaping project is an example of the historic preservation efforts that were woven into the plans for South Salem High School bond work. To accommodate the additional spaces on campus and increase seismic safety, the district had to remove the old Leslie Junior High School building, which was considered a historic resource in the community.