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Sparta High Environmental Science Students Plant Trees Along Wallkill River

Monday, November 13, 2017


251 Sparta High School environmental science students recently assisted the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group with tree planting along the Wallkill River in Sparta Township. 350 native trees and shrubs were installed along the banks of the river in order to shade the waterway and improve the habitat conditions for native wildlife both in the water and on land. As the trees mature, they will provide homes for birds and small mammals while also providing a food source for aquatic insects that feed on the leaves that drop into the river. Additionally, the tree roots will reduce erosion along the edges of the river, decreasing the amount of sediment that enters the Wallkill River. Clearly, this tree planting initiative provides numerous benefits, the most important of which is the hands-on learning opportunity it offers to Sparta students.