WV Project CommuniTree

“Building Communities from the Roots Up”

CTree Projects - Spring 2014

Shepherd University

Arbor Day 2014


This WV Project CommuniTree planting took place on a beautiful Arbor Day in spring 2014. This was Shepherd's 4th Annual Tree Planting, and it has grown in size every year.  We hope to continue the tradition and have it grow even bigger every year!

The 24 trees were placed along the natural forest border at the back of the field, where we have been promised that there will be no new construction. The players on the soccer field, and the people in the crowd, have an excellent view of the trees we planted!

The Grounds Crew of Shepherd dug the holes for us in advance with an auger and the organizers showed up an hour in advance to set up the table and food, and decide how we were going to plant the trees. We were able to plant the CommuniTree kit of 24 trees, along with the 10 Larches that Dr. Plautz purchased, in 2 hours. We had a group of 29 volunteers sign in, as well as a few others who attended but did not sign in. With such a large amount of people, it took no time at all to place the trees, plant them, mulch them, water them, and pack up.

There were people of all ages and all majors.  There were science professors as well as some young people who had no ties to the University but just enjoyed planting trees. It was very nice to go around in a circle and tell who you are and why you came to the event. There were even a few children there who learned something about the benefit of trees, and how to plant them.  We had 5 professors show up to help. Dunkin Donuts donated 3 boxes of donuts for the volunteers and Food Lion donated organic apples.

Our WV Project CommuniTree Liaison, Tanner Haid, gave a great educational tutorial about how deep to plant the trees and the precautions we should take.  He also showed us the 3-3-3 rule for mulching the trees. We used the displays from Shepherd Environmental Organization's (SEO) Earth Day table about the tree planting.  These displays were Truffula tree cutouts (from the popular Dr. Seuss book The Lorax) with interesting facts about the importance of trees.

A word from Project Leader, SEO President Mary Kinnie:

“I think the volunteers benefitted, and everyone learned something.  Even the professors learned more about trees and how to plant them. We are all pleased that we would love to be back next fall to do it again! The great part about planting these trees is that the science department will get to use them for educational purposes for years in the future, so the education doesn't stop after the trees are planted.  Each of us learned techniques that we can use in our own backyards, too.”







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