Out of the Lab: Chino Farms

Tori Alpaugh ('16) is a ShorePower intern and Treasurer of SEA.

Tori Alpaugh (’16) is a ShorePower intern and Treasurer of SEA.

Erika Koontz ('17) really 'digs' this project!

Erika Koontz (’17) really ‘digs’ this project!

With spring temperatures approaching, some of the interns were itching to get out and enjoy the nice weather. On March 28th, a group of students partnered with the Center for Environment and Society (CES) and the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) to plant 400 trees at Chino Farms. Chino Farms is located in Queen Anne’s County, and consists of over 200 acres, which were previously farmlands.

Kelly Dobroski  ('16) really enjoyed planting trees!

Kelly Dobroski (’16) really enjoyed planting trees!

Washington College students were met by a group from Garrett College, led by Kevin Dodge. This group of students was visiting both Chino Farms and Chesapeake Farms. Both WAC and GC assisted David Wise, who provided Black Cherry and Sycamore saplings for planting. The planting was funded as a research project, and David will complete plantings in PA and NY as well. Two sites were chosen, and 200 saplings were planted at each site.

The lab has been involved with Chino Farms previously. Jeffrey Sullivan completed an extensive project, “Grass, Grain and Birds: A study of Chino Farms”,  incorporating GIS last spring. While Jeffrey had spent time analyzing and compiling data for a digital presentation of his research, the students planting trees had an extraordinary time digging into the sandy soil for the better part of their Friday.

Lynn DiFerdinando ('17) removes the sapling from its plastic pot for transplanting.

Lynn DiFerdinando (’17) removes the sapling from its plastic pot for transplanting.

Overall, it was an incredibly successful day. Warm sunshine, muddy hands, and big smiles were shared by all of the students!

 

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