Planting small trees in an open landscape can have a big impact on a local watershed. Ursinus students saw that they can make a difference by planting in nearby Lower Frederick Township’s Cuddy Park.
“Planting these trees along some waterways can be the riparian boundary that is needed in order to improve the quality of water for wildlife and locals, “ said student Peter Soskinski. Soskinski and classmates in ENV 100 and ENV 454 planted trees and shrubs, as part of a TreeVitalize watershed grant that Lower Frederick received.
Sosinksi said he felt the impact when, turning back as they were leaving, he saw all the trees with red ribbons. “During the process you don’t really know the amount you plant until you really see.”
The students, under Assistant Professor Patrick Hurley, were part of a group of township rsidents that planted around 1,300 treesand shrubs. He asked students what they learned about stewardship .
Jesse Hart enjoyed learning the numbers of trees the students planted. “It felt really good to hear that our hard work paid off,” she said. Scott Lauher said he was glad to learn that “there is a community that wants to help improve the Perkiomen watershed.” Others said they enjoyed being involved with the community outside of the Ursinus campus, including local , some children.
Dr. Hurley made the connection with Lower Frederick through his stewardship project at Valley Forge Audubon Society’s Meng Sanctuary (which is located in Lower Frederick and Limerick townships). The combined activities are part of a capstone course project focus on watershed health in the Perkiomen watershed. Students from the introductory course also get credit for their stewardship participation.