Prairie Grove Middle School EAST Plants Trees to Improve the Environment

   

Prairie Grove Middle School EAST Plants Trees to Improve the Environment
3/15/2010 2:31:45 PM

Students plant green ash and shortleaf pine seedlings along the banks of Clabber Creek to help repair and restore the creek’s riparian buffer.

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, thirty-two members of the Prairie Grove Middle School EAST program ventured out to Clabber Creek in Fayetteville, Arkansas to plant green ash and shortleaf pine seedlings along the banks of the creek in order to help repair and restore the creek's riparian buffer.

 

By planting trees and shrubs along this riparian buffer, riverbank erosion will decrease and the roots of the trees will filter sediments and pollutants commonly found in runoff. The newly planted trees and shrubs will provide storm water storage, increase wildlife habitat, create cooler water and air temperatures, and increase groundwater infiltration. Riparian buffers provide environmental and recreational benefits to creeks, streams, and rivers, improve the water quality and downstream land areas and beautify the area for generations to come.

 

With the help of members of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, PGMS EAST students and parents got a tree-planting tutorial by Tim Snell as he showed the crowd how to successfully plant a tree, using tools donated by the IRWP. Snell showed us how far down to dig, how to correctly place the seeding into the hole without damaging the root system, and how to successfully pinch the earth around the seeding so that no air would be trapped by the roots.

 

EAST students paired off into six different groups and planted ash and pine seedlings for almost an hour before running out of trees to plant. After the planting session, students were asked to pick up trash around Clabber Creek. Because of their efforts, ten bags of trash were collected and properly deposited and recycled.

 

8th Grade EAST Volunteer Marti J. commented "I wanted to participate in this project because it was extra time to spend with my friends outside of school and we got to help out our environment at the same time." Other students commented that they learned a lot about our watershed by participating in the event and that they look forward to volunteering next year for the 2011 Riparian Project.

 

 

PGMS EAST and homeschool students pose for a quick pic after their day of helping the environment.

 

 

Elam E., Aaron S., & Justin F. plant green ash tree seedlings along the banks of Clabber Creek.
 

 

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