Tree Planting Day at the Durbin Project
|Author: Nancy Givens|
Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
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On Friday, November 30, 2012 twenty-three people showed up to roll up their sleeves and voluntarily get dirty in order to plant ninety (90) trees at the WKU-Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Durbin Project. The trees included forty (40) Bald Cypress, planted in the bio-infiltration basin, and fifty (50) White Pines, to serve as a green “fence” for one of the community walking trails. The Bald Cypress trees were selected for their ability to absorb 100 gallons of water per day per tree and to filter out pollutants; the White Pines were selected as a visual screen and to add habitat for birds and wildlife.
The volunteers included friends and staff of WKU and HFH, and community members who wanted to help. The day before, the tree holes were pre-drilled, which made it possible to plant and mulch all ninety trees in record time. Within two hours we were celebrating our accomplishment and packing up. Thanks to all who came for their involvement and helping to make the day a great success!! For photos, click here or go to our WKU-HFH 319(H) Durbin Project Facebook Page.
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