Sat, Oct 29 2005 - Tree Planting in Howard County (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jesse Allen, Kate Copanic, Lauren Silberman, Ruwan Alwis, Rob, Cara Aymold, Kyle Johnson, James Kim, colleen wade|
We all arrived at the tree planting site to find large mounds of
mulch, stacks of trees, an energetic team from event sponsors
Tree-Mendous (from the Maryland Department of Natural
Resources) and Winchester Homes, and lots of volunteers
already well along in the business of planting trees and shrubs.
So we set more or less straight into the project and planted trees
Winchester Homes sponsors an annual tree planting event (see
our contribution to this effort in 2004
) to restore
natural habitat and native species to areas where they can help
protect the watershed, filter water, and prevent pollution from
entering the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In this instance, we
were planting hardy shrubs and trees along the edge of a golf
course in Howard County. The new plantings will set roots in
ground where runoff from the road will pass. The trees filter this
water and prevent many of the runoff pollutants from entering the
"So basically we are planting a bunch of sacrificial trees, right?"
said Rob Copanic.
No so: the trees actually can deal with and use many of the
nitrate compounds from car exhaust and prevent these
compounds from dissolving into the local water, and entering the
Bay where they would cause algae blooms that use up the
available dissolved oxygen in the water. By getting trees to use
these chemicals as growth promoters instead of algae, we get
attractive trees that are nett providers of oxygen instead of algae
in the bloom, nett killers of Bay wildlife by starving the water of
The MOC attendees put in an honest hour's work, but with such
a large team from Winchester Homes, among other volunteers,
we may remarkably short work of the job and were done with the
tree planting in much less time than anticipated. Lauren floating
the idea of getting together for lunch, but at merely 10 AM it
seemed a bit early, so we said our goodbyes, admired our new
trees, and went on our way.
- Jesse Allen
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