JMSWCD: Stream tree planting program

"250 planted in 2.5 hours - 100 per hour!"

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Primary (E-Com) Contact:Tom Turner - JMSWCD
Communications (#/text):Call: 540 540 347-3120, ext #3
Secondary Contact:EmaiI (below)
Title:Conservation Manager
Address / Area: 98 Alexandria Pike- Suite 31
Warrenton, VA 20186
2nd Phone # (ext):540 347-3120, ext #3
Fax #:540-349-0878
Primary / Website URL:


Landing page updated for Earth Day 2013 (43rd)

Tom Turner shows the asembled group of volunteers (about 50 total throughout the day) how to plant both live tree "sticks" and those with established root systems.  Selected trees are native to Virginia. Mouse-over / click photos for larger view. Email JMSWCD at

First step was for Conservation Manager Tom Turner to explain the planting process to volunteers, JMSWCD staff members, and Kinloch Farm Associates. Plantings were divided by tree type into  buckets marked with colored ribbons.

Sets of stakes, flag markers (with matching ribbons the same as attached to buckets) and plastic vertical containers having been previously placed in the planting area adjacent to Broad Run Stream in The Plains VA Chesapeake watershed indicated where tree stems were to be planted in 2 separate areas measuring a few hundred yards by 100 yards wide on both sides of the stream.

Tom explained the need to clear a small area for each tree so the grasses would not choke the roots, then, depending on the type of tree, teams of 2-3 were either to dig a hole, or use a different tool to clear a vertical wedge (sycamores) about 8 inches deep.

After the tree root was placed at the right depth, the soil was to be replaced with air pockets removed.

The vertical perforated pastic container was to be placed over the tree and twisted into the ground with the 2 ties facing upstream. Stake was then added and pounded with a hammer after looking inside the tube and making sure that the ties were not "over" the tree as this would restrict normal growth. 

Stakes were to be left about 3 inches above the top tie then when the area flooded, the plantings would be held firmly in place.

Tom direcdted us to split into groups of 2 or 3.

Around 11:30am we went to the Farm for a group luncheon where the writer learned about Kinloch Farms Sustainable Management Programs, Cattle and Bees.

Next we moved to a second area with a planting on the South side of the same stream as an afternoon project.

Staff later returned after the Friday planting to install nets, hammer stakes, tighten ties ...

Landing page last updated 4/4/13 / Created 3/30/13  


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