Last week, elementary and high school students in Martinsville received cuttings of native black willow trees for Streamside Trees in the Classroom. The cuttings have names — Bob, Fred, Katrina, Nova, Joe, Thick Daddy, Lord Billy bob von mor heim the tree III, and others.
Students will spend the next four weeks caring for their trees and helping them develop roots. Then, the students will plant the trees in an area in need of streamside restoration. As they grow, these trees will help lessen pollution, keep the streams cooler during the summer, and provide needed habitat for local wildlife.
Streamside Trees is an environmental education program created by the Dan River Basin Association and the Army Corps of Engineers at Philpott Lake that teaches students about water quality and the importance of streamside vegetation.