Warren Wilson College’s already beautiful campus got even more beautiful this spring with the completion of a stream mitigation and restoration project on campus that included planting 2,000 trees. These “Edible” stream buffers will protect the courses of the streams, which were restored to their more natural meanders as part of the stream mitigation project.
Students from the College’s Forestry Crew and Land Stewards worked with partner, Restoration Systems, to plant the trees along conservation easements. In addition to some of the more typical species, the crews planted fruit and nut trees, such as pawpaw, red mulberry, hazelnut, persimmon and black walnut. Incorporating these species provides multi-functional stream buffers that stabilize soil, provide cover habitat, and create foraging opportunities for wildlife and humans.
Thank you, Warren Wilson College, for being such wonderful stewards of the land!