Volunteer to help plant trees May 4, Arbor Day, at the Muddy Brook Wetland Preserve on Van Sicklen Road. Free barbeque to follow.

Community Tree Planting Event: Celebrate Arbor Day with Your Friends and Neighbors

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Thursday April 19, 2018

Volunteers are needed on Vermont Arbor Day, Friday, May 4, for a community tree planting event. The Rethink Runoff Stream Team, which is managed by the Chittenden County Municipal Storm Sewer designated towns and run by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District (WNRCD), needs your help to plant trees along Muddy Brook in South Burlington. The planting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Muddy Brook Wetland Preserve, 300 Van Sicklen Road, with a celebratory free barbeque from noon to 2 p.m. to follow.

According to Holly Kreiner, WNRCD conservation specialist, under natural conditions, streams and rivers are densely colonized by a biodiverse array of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous vegetation.” These riparian “buffers” improve water quality by intercepting sediment, nutrients, and chemicals from overland runoff. In addition, they stabilize stream banks, minimize erosion and re-establish connectivity between streams and their floodplains, which attenuates and prevents flood damage. Riparian habitat also provides food, shelter, water, breeding sites, and migration corridors for birds and wildlife.”

Kreiner adds, “As with many of the small tributaries in Chittenden County, Muddy Brook lacks adequate riparian habitat and is choked by invasive species. This spring WNRCD will plant native trees and shrubs along five streams. The Stream Team seeks your help with planting on May 4, Vermont Arbor Day.”

For more information about the Rethink Runoff Stream Team, visit the website at rethinkrunoff.org. To sign up as a volunteer on May 4 and for the free barbeque, email Holly Kreiner at Holly@winooskinrcd.org.