☷Fort A P Hill Environmental and Natural Resources Division celebrated Earth Day week with Caroline County High School
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
| 51| 1
The Fort A . P . Hill Environmental and Natural Resources Division ( ENRD ) celebrated Earth Day week with Caroline County High School’s ( CCHS ) freshman environmental science class by educating 70 students on tree identification , tree health , and forest management concepts on 22 April 2022 . ENRD personnel set up learning stations at CCHS’s recently established Mattaponi Arboretum , and along the edge of a wood line on school grounds , where staff engaged students on timber harvesting practices , stages of vegetative succession , measuring tree height , biodiversity , and the benefits of tree cover to watersheds . Students had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get hands - on experience through fundamental arboricultural practices such as tree pruning , trimming and laying mulch around new saplings in the developing Mattaponi Arboretum . Fort A . P . Hill staff encouraged students to complete a tree identification worksheet , and become familiar with using a tree field manual . Throughout these experiences , ENRD personnel demonstrated the synergistic relationship between forest cover and the health of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds , whereby tree stands help decrease and minimize the detrimental effects of pollutant and erosion runoff into watersheds . In support of the education cornerstone of Executive Order ( EO ) 13508 , Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed , staff reinforced the interdependent cycles and processes found in forests and watersheds to students , who were able to engage in experiential learning skills they can take with them into the future . Article and photos by: Olivia Mills Environmental Specialist Fort A . P . Hill Environmental and Natural Resources Division
PLAY the NEWS
* May be useful for visually impaired persons .
Press release information:
Direct link to press release
: Click here .