ST. JAMES - Aided by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust/FishAmerica Foundation, Saint James School will complete the final phase of its ecological land enhancement project.
It provides a "valuable outdoor learning environment for the school's students," the school said in a press release.
"This grant allows us to plant mature trees and other vegetation to benefit the wildlife immediately," said Geordie Newman, project leader and a 1993 graduate of the school south of Hagerstown.
"The objective of the stream buffer restoration and wetland creation project is to preserve critical freshwater fish habitat and to reduce stream bank sediment and nutrient inputs into the Chesapeake Bay watershed," he said.
"It will also serve as an educational project and a model for future projects," he said.
Last spring, Newman coordinated tree planting on 30 acres of what is considered ecologically sensitive land along the stream near the railroad tracks on College Road.