Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tree planting!

Post contributed by Meg from Conservation Corps Youth Outdoors Crew 2:
Planting trees at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom.
The tubes surrounding each seedling will help
protect them from being browsed by deer and rabbits.
This week we did quite a bit of planting.  We planted at Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom (CWOC) on Wednesday We planted in the Oak Woodland area (Red Oak, Burr Oak, Dogwood, among others), the Coniferous Forest (White Pine, Jack Pine, and Basswoods), and the Transitional Forest (Aspens).   Check out the master plan for CWOC.  Some of us got to see two baby foxes while planting! It is great to see this restored habitat being used by wildlife!
We also planted at Crosby Farm Regional Park this week.  We planted swamp  white oak and silver maple near the water. These species are fairly flood tolerant and do well in this habitat.  We also planted sugar maple, dogwood, and a few flood plain tolerant shrub species.  The crew was able to check out the spring ephemeral site and look at the beautiful wildflowers that have been growing in the area. Spring ephemerals are short-lived wildflowers that emerge in early spring and are finished flowering by early summer. There is only a short window of time to enjoy them, so take some time in the next couple weeks to come to Crosby Farm and check them out!