By Derek Stoner, Conservation Project Coordinator
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 .