Land Steward John Graham, a couple of interns and a bunch of volunteers restored shortleaf pines to historic locations at Delaware's Ponders Tract.
The Conservancy’s staff from Delaware and Maryland identified sites appropriate for shortleaf pine restoration on the sandy hills above several sections of Frog Pond Trail.
John Graham fells loblolly pines in preparation for shortleaf pine.
John Graham and Student Conservation Association Intern Ryan Goetz build brush piles from loblolly pines that were felled to open space for the shortleaf pine planting.
Ryan and John take a break from removing loblolly pine in preparation for planting shortleaf pine. On that day, they saw several large and impressive flocks of Snow Geese fly over.
John Graham examines the root structure of the shortleaf pines that were planted at Ponders. Shortleaf pine seedlings have very long root systems which enables them to survive dry conditions on sandy ground.
John Graham and volunteer Keith Douglass teach proper planting methods for the shortleaf pine seedlings.
Bare-root shortleaf pine seedlings lay on the ground as the planting work begins.
Volunteers plant shortleaf pines in an area once overgrown with loblolly pines. Cut trunks of loblolly pines are evident throughout the planting site.
A volunteer carefully plants a shortleaf pine seedling. Holes were dug by shovel, but the bare root shortleaf pine seedlings are planted by hand to ensure success.
Keith Douglass, volunteer and lead project researcher, plants shortleaf pines. One of the new seedlings is in the foreground of this photograph.