This past Saturday, March 22, Headwaters, working in conjunction with representatives from Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative and Green Forests Work (who organized the event), participated in a tree planting held on a reclaimed mountaintop removal site, close to the Pike County Regional Airport.
Participants were made up of a group nearly 40 student volunteers from Letcher County Central High School. Headwaters provided the lunch, snacks, and refreshments for the event at no cost to the students, and Headwaters board member, and Letcher County Central High School Chemistry teacher, Ms. Regina Donour, sweetened the deal by offering extra credit points to the participants.
The event began around 11am and concluded shortly before 4pm, with nearly 4,000 seedlings being planted during that time.
Special thanks to Dr. Patrick Angel and Mr. Scott Eggerud of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), and Mr. Nathan Hall of Green Forests Work for taking the time to oversee the event and for providing proper tree-planting instruction to our volunteers.
For more information on ARRI, or to see when the next tree planting event is in your area, please visit: http://www.arri.osmre.gov/
And to find out more about Green Forests Work, you can visit their website at: http://www.greenforestswork.org/