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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Holopaw, Florida, USA

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Holopaw, Florida, USA
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Registered: December 2011
City/Town/Province: Port Saint Lucie
Posts: 1
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As a child I had never been interested in the outdoors or the environment, but throughout my teen years I made friends with more environmentally friendly views which changed how I viewed the importance of nature. I even joined the Green Club in high school. My biggest environmental project happened this past year at the beginning of my winter break; my best friend and I planted over 50 trees in previously cleared swampland in South Florida. This was year 2 of the project.
Last year, 180 trees were ordered from the Arbor Day Foundation and planted in the area. Small drip irrigation units were rigged up next to each individual tree’s root line and used a well-pump to slowly distribute at least 1 gallon of water every 2-3 days to each plant to ensure a healthy rate of growth. The self-contained irrigation system set-up not only prevents water loss and evaporation, it completely runs on solar power.
Even though the system seemed flawless, some trees did not grow which led to this year’s project of the ordering and planting of replacement trees. In each spot predestined spot where a tree showed lack of survival, a new hole was dug. Fertilizer was placed in the hole and I tenderly recovered the tiny yearlings’ roots with dirt.
Some of the previous year’s plants were not quite dead, but showed not nearly enough growth. I replanted them in a special box which I call the TLC box, so I can care for them more frequently. They got special fertilizer made from rabbit droppings. They are expected to join the rest of the trees within the first few months of next year.
It was important to plant trees on the land that we chose because it had been cleared and was subject to erosion and destroyed creatures’ homes.
The trees chosen for the project are called Red Maples and were picked for their ability to adapt to both droughts and flooding, both frequent in Florida. They also can grow very tall with many branches, providing nesting opportunities for birds and squirrels. They will also create some shade to protect other plants from the harsh Florida sun.
All in all, the completed project was fun and helpful to the environment. Although 2011 was only the second year of the ongoing annual project, there will be many years to come with a goal of 280 fully grown trees.
· Date: December 20, 2011 · Views: 2961 · File size: 23.1kb, 93.9kb · : 604 x 453 ·
Hours Volunteered: 8
Volunteers: 2
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 18 & 18 to 44
Native Trees Planted: 50
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