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Hagerstown high school students plant, maintain trees

December 16, 2004

Chesapeake Bay Trust grant money has been used to purchase 36 indigenous trees and shrubs, which are now planted in the courtyard at South Hagerstown High School as a School Yard Habitat Project.

South High art teacher Fay Wastler set the application process in motion after attending a School Yard Habitat Project workshop last winter at Fairview Outdoor Education Center. The students in Terri Younker's certificate class wrote letters and drew pictures of native plants for the grant proposal that was submitted last spring.

All the planting and maintenance work was handled by the students, who each have a tree or plant named after them.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust supports projects that protect and enhance the environment. Using indigenous trees and shrubs at South High is important because they adapt to local temperature, rainfall and soil conditions, and have developed natural defenses against diseases and insects. They'll also provide shelter and food for native birds, and an attractive addition to an area facing the main corridor of the school.

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