Thanks to all of our volunteers!

Saturday was an amazing day and we got more than 100 trees and shrubs into the ground in a little over an hour.  A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who made it possible!  Representing were students from Duke University, the UNC Women’s Rugby Team, community members and neighbors, Mitch Woodward of the NC Cooperative Extension, Abbie Ferrance-Wu from the City of Durham, the landowners, and all the other wonderful people that helped make this a great and successful event.  We got all of our native shrub and tree material from Cure Nursery, and the City of Durham provided us with mulch and planting tools.

Mitch Woodward of the NC Cooperative Extension gave a great demonstration (with the help of an innocent bystander! and despite some, let’s call them…”technical glitches” 😉 ) on how to plant trees (see below) and Abbie talked about the City of Durham’s Adopt-a-Stream program.

We have another planting on the 13th of December and still need volunteers!  Give Heather Saunders a call at (919) 558-9319 or email her at hsaunders@tjcog.org if you’d like to volunteer.

This project has been funded by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation via the Center for Watershed Protection.  A huge thank you to them for making these projects possible and for providing the UNRBA with a unique opportunity to reach out to the public and encourage the use of riparian buffers as a tool for protecting water quality in the Upper Neuse River Basin.  Visit the Clean Water Education Partnership’s website for more information on planting trees, selecting trees, local nurseries that sell native vegetation, how to care for your trees once they’re planted, and the benefits of riparian vegetation on water quality and aquatic habitat.  Remember that keeping and planting native shrubs and trees along your streams and creeks helps keep water clean for swimming, drinking, and fishing, and maintains a safe environment for the wildlife that depend on these systems for survival!  Join your neighbors in planting trees and do your part to help keep our water clean!

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