Arbor Day Planting Spruces Up East Campus Stream Bank

Abe Kaufman, storm water coordinator for facilities management, inspects a newly planted river birch tree on the bank of the east campus stream.

Abe Kaufman, storm water coordinator for facilities management, inspects a newly planted river birch on the bank of the East Campus stream.

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Just in time for Arbor Day, nearly 50 trees of various varieties, but all native to Virginia, have been planted along the East Campus stream at the bottom of the East Campus hillside and adjacent to UREC.

The trees—including Dogwoods, red maples, river birches, swamp white oaks and willow oaks—were planted as part of a larger project to rehabilitate the stream to it's natural state, said Abe Kaufman, storm water coordinator for facilities management. The stream was in need of rehabilitation due to erosion, he said.

The trees and other shrubbery that have been planted will stabilize the bank, provide shade and provide habitat for birds and other animals, Kaufman said. The project is being funded by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

April 27, 2012