Middle Run Tree Planting Time!

By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator

A "Field of Dreams" awaits at Middle Run: a beautiful hay field waiting to be planted with hundreds of native trees by dozens of dedicated volunteers. Image by Derek Stoner, October 20, 2011.

Yesterday a tractor trailer backed down Smith Mill Road in the heart of Middle Run Natural Area.  When the rear doors opened, a wall of trees met our eyes.  Ten-foot tall oaks, Sycamores, and Tulip Trees stood stacked in neat rows, and a rush of exta-oxygenated air greeted our lungs!  An eager crew of helpers quickly unloaded this precious cargo, destined to become a future forest.  We placed 650 trees at this site, and off-loaded another 500 trees and shrubs on the other side of the valley for a special planting along the Middle Run Birding Trail.

The trees are the main ingredients for the Fall Tree Planting at Middle Run Natural Area.  Add in a crew of dedicated volunteers to the mix, and you have the recipe for a great conservation event.   After the dust (topsoil, actually) settles, there will be a fantastic forest of young trees in place, ready to grow!

We invite you to join us for the tree planting tomorrow morning, starting at 9:00am.   For details and directions, click on the  Fall 2011 Middle Run Tree Planting flyer .

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