It takes a village to raise a forest

  • It takes a village to raise a forest

     Caitlin Cusack updated 8 years, 6 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Caitlin Cusack

    May 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    How many people does it take to raise a forest?  Folks at the Willowell Foundation in Monkton have proven that it takes a village.  This spring over 200 students from Monkton and Vergennes planted over 700 seedlings to restore a marginal hayfield to clayplain forest.  Students picked up planting bars and found homes for oaks, dogwoods and maples in the rich clay soil on the shores of Pond Brook.  This adds to the 1200 seedlings planted by kiddos last spring.  The restoration area was retired from agricultural production to provide a buffer to a large northern white cedar wetland and Pond Brook and to create a wildlife corridor connecting the Hogback and Little Hogback forest blocks.  But what’s more important is that these youth had a chance to get outside, get their hands (and whole selves in some cases) in the mud and help plant a forest that they’ll be able to continually revisit.

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