WV Project CommuniTree
“Building Communities from the Roots Up”
CTree Projects - Spring 2012
East Hardy Middle School
East Hardy Middle School was the recipient of a WV Project CommuniTree
kit to plant 12 large shade trees and an assortment of bare root
stock that included oaks, maples, poplars,
sycamores, and gums.
Danny Dewhurst, FFA Teacher, completed the application and organized the
project. The students learned how to properly plant a tree and the
benefits of planting trees to increase urban tree canopy. Mr.
Dewhurst and his students were assisted by CommuniTree
Representative Melissa Merritt from the Potomac Valley Conservation
District and Carla Hardy from the WV Conservation Agency (Carla is
in the picture at left demonstrating how to prepare a root ball for
planting, with Danny Dewhurst).
The 12 shade trees are currently providing the playground with shade. They will continue to grow and increasingly
reduce stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces on the school
grounds and grow the school’s urban tree canopy.