WV Project CommuniTree

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CTree Projects - Spring 2013

South Branch Watershed Partnership

April 2013

The South Branch Watershed Partnership was awarded 24 flowering trees to plant at Springfield-Green Spring Elementary School in Hampshire County, WV..  The teams of students, teachers, parents and other volunteers planted 24 trees in less than an hour, and the adult volunteers finished the staking and deer protection before the buses left for the day.  Five flowering trees (two dogwoods, a serviceberry, and two redbuds) were planted inside the playground fence, with three dogwoods immediately outside.  A serviceberry was planted near the softball field backstop, and the remaining trees were planted along the westernmost slope of the school property to provide a pleasant visual border for the nearby homeowner. The combination of flowering redbuds, serviceberries, and dogwoods will add additional color and foliage to the already well-kept schoolyard. 

The project was developed under a grant from Project CommuniTree, which is a partnership of the West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Conservation Agency, Cacapon Institute, West Virginia Department of Highways, and USDA's Urban and Community Forestry Program.  The South Branch Watershed Partnership and South Branch Consortium proposed the project to principal Pam Slocum and kindergarten teacher Gayle Allen, and received special help from CTree Liaisons Alana Hartman of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Herb Peddicord of the Division of Forestry.  In addition to three school parents, three volunteers from FNB Bank in both Fort Ashby and Romney, three volunteers from local construction companies, and two Consortium board members participated in the busy afternoon with 117 very engaged students from all six grades (K-5) and their teachers. 

The South Branch Consortium leaders hope that expanding community support for the school will lead to funding for an outdoor classroom for the teachers and students in the corner of the playground, providing real-world connections for West Virginia's 21st Contents Standards and Objectives, and 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools.

A note from the project Leader, South Branch Watershed Coalition member Jim Egenreider:

“Student participation was the best part of this project.”








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