With a shovel at the ready, we never miss an opportunity to support Stroud Water Research Center in nearby Avondale, Pa. Several times annually, volunteers visit local parks, farms and meadows to drop seedlings and plant trees, supporting researchers as they seek to understand more about local watersheds.
Most recently, on a windy April morning, one team of volunteers visited Stroud Preserve in Marshalton, Pa., while another visited Peacedale Park Preserve in Landenberg, Pa. The teams set out with one mission: to research low-cost alternatives for traditional “forest buffer plantings”—or forested areas that reduce pollution. As it turns out, they exceeded their goal—and had a little fun, too!
“The next time I plant a tree, I will definitely feel confident that it will survive the test of time,” said Dansko volunteer Jerry S. “But I also loved stepping out of the office, serving the environment and working alongside my fellow Dansko employees.”
After planting 400 sycamore and red oak trees, Dansko volunteers placed stakes into the ground just two inches from each tree. The stakes support a tube that surrounds each tree trunk, protecting seedlings from animals while also helping the trees grow vertically.
“I was really impressed with the camaraderie of this group," said Lamonte Garber, Stroud Watershed Restoration Coordinator. "People worked together, tried different jobs and helped each other out; we laughed and had good-natured fun.”
In celebration of Arbor Day, we would like to share our tree-planting passion with this step-by-step guide. Always remember: dig cautiously, water fully and prune selectively. Happy planting!
To learn more about our commitment to serving the community, visit Dansko.com, and be sure to check back often as we share new volunteer stories.