2023 is off to a banner year for tree planting in the Wolf River watershed. On March 4th, 220 volunteers descended beneath Union Avenue to the Urban Earth Nursery facility. In just over two hours, over 4,000 trees were properly potted to grow until they reach their final home. The trees will either help to restore land along the Wolf River or enhance blighted properties across Memphis. Thank you to all of the volunteers that slung pro-mix soil into pots, tactfully potted the trees, and hauled the trees to their correct location in the native nursery.
The Works CDC and the West Tennessee chapter of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council were key partners in leading and organizing the potting effort on March 4th. The Works CDC continued the tree potting efforts over the next two weekends to pot an additional 1,200 trees with additional volunteers! There are still about 1,500 more to go. The Conservancy is hoping that a large group from St. George’s Independent School will finish the job in early April.
In addition to all of the trees mentioned above, Wolf River Conservancy worked with a tree planting contractor to plant 5,100 bareroot tree seedlings on an important property along the Wolf River which was recently clearcut. The forest that was cut contained an oak component of 30-40% across the site. To help ensure that the forest would come back with a higher concentration of oak species (especially white oak Quercus alba), we planted the seedlings under optimal conditions. If you want to learn the importance of oak trees and better understand why we restored land with primarily oaks, watch this excellent virtual program from our lecture series featuring Doug Tallamy.
Our tree planting efforts are extensive, including many trees, volunteers, partnerships, paid contractors and locations throughout the Mid-South. You can help us with the important ongoing work of restoration by sponsoring a tree this year and in years to come.
Look for highlights and details of our World Water Day event in an upcoming article. Until then, thank you to the 120 volunteers who joined us to collect 144 bags of trash and 44 tires!
2023 is off to a banner year for tree planting in the Wolf River watershed. On March 4th, 220 volunteers descended beneath Union Avenue to the Urban Earth Nursery facility. In just over two hours, over 4,000 trees were properly potted to grow until they reach their final home. The trees will