“Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets. To plant a pine, one need only own a shovel.”–Aldo Leopold

 

On Friday, April 29th, a small group of volunteers from MSU, Drury, and the Master naturalists assembled for some good old fashioned tree planting. The Watershed Center site has a lot of native trees and shrubs incorporated into the landscape design, and as the construction progresses, we move into the “safe” areas with hopeful sprigs of Bur Oaks, Black Gums and Bald Cypress. 

The act of planting a tree, as the Leopold quote alludes, is simple yet satisfaying and thought provoking. Just about everyone that plants a tree harbors thoughts of what the tree might look like upon maturity, pondering what might unfold in their own life, as the tree slowly ages, gracing the earth far longer than the tree planter.

We are very thankful to the volunteers that helped out and also to Carson-Mitchell Construction for giving us a head start on a few holes with the backhoe.

 

mike and matt    

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