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Arboretum Ceremonial Planting and Celebration
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Join Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District (PMNRCD) and Green Mountain College to celebrate the first planting for a new Native Plant Arboretum alongside Ackley Hall on campus. The arboretum at Green Mountain College will demonstrate landscape design informed by conservation biology and restoration science. We have transformed a portion of existing lawn at Green Mountain College in Poultney into patches of restored forest. We planted more than 70 trees and shrubs of the Northern Hardwood Forest, including Basswood, Bitternut Hickory, Red Oak, Paper Birch, White Pine, Choke Cherry, Nannyberry, Arrowwood, and Spicebush. An arboretum of native species will restore our sense of place as we restore species from local plant communities, reduce our ecological footprint, educate students and visitors about regional biodiversity, make campus more beautiful, and develop strong connections between people and the land.
To celebrate 25 years as a program, Vermont Urban and Community Forestry offered $1,000 grants to local partners to plant trees. PMNRCD and GMC were pleased to have this first stage of the Native Plant Arboretum project chosen and funded with a Commemorative Tree Grant from this program. The district worked with Jim Graves, Biology Professor at Green Mountain College to establish two stands of Northern Hardwood Forest Trees. “Ackley Woods” is the first component of an ongoing arboretum project.
Funded by Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation (Vermont Urban and Community Forestry program) .