Tree Planting Aided with CTree

By John McVey

Martinsburg, WV (January 17, 2012)- In an effort to reinvigorate the West Virginia CommuniTree project in the Eastern Panhandle, a new program has been instituted – CTree kits. “This is a new approach to make it as easy as possible for groups interested in organizing a tree planting,” Tanner Haid, urban forestry coordinator for the Cacapon Institute, said in a recent telephone interview.

The kits include trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for shade, reforestation, riparian buffers and other uses; tree tubes or cages to protect the trees from deer; and mulch to foster good root growth. Groups will get technical assistance for their projects from CommuniTree partners: West Virginia Division of Forestry, West Virginia Conservation Agency, Cacapon Institute and West Virginia Division of Highways.

The first step is for groups, agencies or individuals to get a CTree grant application by going to www.cacaponinstitute.com/Forestry/CTree.htm.
More information is available by contacting Haid at thaid@cacaponinstitute.org or at 304-668-5027.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. “Any group whatsoever is welcome, especially watershed groups,” Haid said. “They just need a solid proposal, a solid plan.”
Winners of the CTree kits will be determined through a competitive application process. Application requirements are a cover letter, proposal, site checklist and tree maintenance form. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1.

Planting projects will be done throughout the greater, eight-county Eastern Panhandle and must be done on public lands. There are more than 150 sites that have been identified as potential planting locations along W.Va. 9 in Berkeley and Jefferson counties; along Corridor H; in state, county and municipal parks; and on school grounds throughout the region. The CTree kits are funded through a U.S. Forest Service Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Enhancement program grant.

“There are two aspects to the program,” Haid explained. “Volunteerism and education. And not only educating why, but the proper way to plant trees and take care of them and the benefits of doing so.”

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