April 18, 2008
We invite YOU to plant a tree along the White River this spring on the following dates:
Saturday, April 26, 10:00am – The WRP’s Down Stream Team and the Town of Hartford Recreation Department, Conservation Commission, and Tree Board are coordinating a tree planting at Lyman Point Park and Veteran’s Park in White River Junction. Meet in the parking lot behind the Hartford Municipal Building.
Saturday, April 26, 10:00am – Mike Bald, the WRP’s Trees for Streams Coordinator, is coordinating a tree planting for community volunteers on Silloway Farms in Randolph Center. Call Mike at 763-8260 for directions to the planting site.
Saturday, May 10 & Sunday, May 11, AM/PM – Mike Bald is coordinating multiple tree plantings for community volunteers on two farms participating in the CREP program, a Farm Bill incentive program that compensates farmers for taking land out of production along streams and reestablishing a vegetated buffer. Call Mike to schedule the date and time that works for you or your group to plant trees in Randolph Center or Braintree.
Weekdays, May 1 – 16, AM/PM – The WRP recruits hundreds of students from area schools to help plant thousands of trees along the White River and its tributaries. This spring, students will be helping plant over 2,400 trees on the two CREP farms in Randolph Center and Braintree. If you are interested in helping supervise these school groups during the week, call Mike at 763-8260.
What should I wear? We recommend wearing clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. A hat and raincoat often come in handy at our spring plantings.
Should I bring my own tools? The WRP provides gloves and shovels, but welcomes you to bring your own. Make sure to label your tools beforehand.
What else should I bring? We try to provide refreshments at each event, but recommend bringing water to drink and a camera to capture the action.
Where do the trees come from? We order trees from a variety of sources. This year, the bareroot stock is coming from Cold Stream Farms, Lawyer Nursery, the Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, and the Intervale Conservation Nursery; the 6-8’ trees are coming from Drinkwater’s Nursery in St. Johnsbury.
What provisions are made for safety? The WRP gives a safety talk at each event, and makes a first aid kit available. In addition, the WRP carries liability insurance to cover all volunteers during events.