Strengthening Wetland Areas and Streambanks Through Tree Plantings

Throughout the month of May, Heritage Conservancy’s stewardship team held native tree and shrub plantings at the Conservancy’s Quakertown Swamp Preserve, Bellwood Preserve, and Fuller/Pursell Nature Preserve. Because of their location within riparian buffer zones, these tree plantings will help to strengthen wetland areas, which will in turn increase wildlife habitat, prevent soil erosion and flooding, and protect water quality.

With the help of dedicated volunteers, the group planted nearly 300 native trees and shrubs. Depending on location, they planted a mix of oak trees, red maple, serviceberry, muscle wood, basswood, black gum, spicebush, sycamore, persimmon, hackberry, cottonwood, river birch, tulip, sycamore, fringe tree, and witch hazel.

By participating in Heritage Conservancy tree plantings, volunteers learned through a helpful, hands-on way how they could replicate this in their own yard. Plus, the plantings offered a great opportunity to explore some Heritage Conservancy properties that community members might not otherwise get to see.

We hope to see you at the next planting! Visit our website’s calendar of events to stay up-to-date on future happenings by clicking HERE.