Sue Greenall, District Manager
Planting Trees at Billings Farm
The Woodstock Change the World Kids took advantage of a day off from school for a Teacher In-Service Day on April 9, 2010 to plant trees at the Billings Farm along the Ottauquechee River.
The White Pine saplings came from a Basin 10 watershed nursery in Ludlow, VT that the Change the World Kids helped plant last Spring 2009 with the Black River Action Team, the Ottauquechee River Group, the Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, and the VT Agency of Natural Resources. The group of 27 students planted 29 pine saplings in the Ottauquechee River riparian buffer project area started last year on the Billings Farm.
This latest transfer of plants from the Ludlow nursery to Woodstock is intended to extend the existing riparian tree buffer at the upstream and downstream ends of the 2009 project to narrow the gap in the treeline for wildlife habitat. Last year’s riparian buffer project at Billing’s was begun to stabilize an 800’ length of eroding river bank and provide American Cranberry, White Pine, Balsam Fir, Silver Maple, White Ash, Dogwood and Oaks for wildlife forage and habitat. The 2009 buffer project funding came from Trout Unlimited, the Ottauquechee River Group, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, The Woodstock Foundation and community donations of planting materials from Woodstock Ace Hardware and Woodstock True Value Hardware. The April 9, 2010 plant transfer from Ludlow to Woodstock was completed in a morning and cost nothing but the Kids time! The Billings Farm, Woodstock Foundation and all of your partners in this effort want to say "Thanks Kids" for your help and interest in partnering on this important buffer planting project!
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