Planting Red Spruce Trees

Students invite the public to help plant 100 red spruce tree seedlings at Cathedral State Park at 1:00 p.m. Cathedral State Park is located in Preston County. The activity is free to attend and open to the public. Lunch is provided for all volunteers preregistering to attend. Contact project coordinator Kendra Larew at kendra.larew@k12.wv.us. “Jacob’s Ladder” is providing lunch.

The Aurora Preserve, a student-led club, was inspired by a podcast project where students generated solutions to maintain biodiversity in West Virginia. The student based Aurora Preserve club started as a way to save the Candy Darter, an endangered fish in WV. The red spruce planting started as a fund raiser but with the assistance of the West Virginia Conservancy, and Highland Conservancy, the seedlings are donated and the students will plant the trees and invite the public to help.

Red spruce is a great tree to replant due to declining health of hemlock trees. Red spruce provide a similar canopy. They are very shade tolerant, and can be planted in the understory in many situations that are not too dark. Red spruce are also great for shading and cooling streams, according to Eric Risinger, Assistant Superintendent at Blackwater Falls and former ranger at Cathedral State Park.

Staying overnight at Blackwater Falls is not a requirement to participate in this student-led activity, but if you need a place to stay, use the “Book Now” button below.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: April 19, 2019

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