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Pemberton Forest Nature Preserve
2014 Ponders Tract Spring Planting

On a sunny Saturday in April, 24 volunteers turned out to plant 500 seedlings into about 2 acres of the Conservancy's shortleaf pine restoration site.

Some volunteers walked up the Frog Pond Trail to the planting site.

After a short training session, volunteers began pulling seedlings from the shipping bag and headed across the site for planting.

Volunteers won't trip among the stumps of loblolly pines cleared to make way for native shortleaf pine seedlings.

A couple of years ago, Keith Maung-Douglass conducted research which revealed that shortleaf pines thrived at Ponders prior to the days of European settlement.

Some volunteers from Quality Bike Parts put in several hours of hard work.

The long roots of shortleaf pine seedlings characterize plant species which thrive in dry, sandy soils.

A second contingent of volunteers from the nearby Dogfish Head Craft Brewery arrive at the site.

The volunteers pose after inspecting the work to ensure the seedlings have the best chance for surviving. Thanks to all of our volunteers for a job well done!

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