- 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!
2014 Ponders Tract Spring Planting