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Herkimer BOCES conservation students pack trees with
Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation Districts

June 27, 2017




Conservation students packing trees
From left, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation students Tyler Dietz, of Mount Markham; Patrick Reardon, of Little Falls; and Stephen Morreale, of West Canada Valley, pack trees and shrubs to help the Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District.



HERKIMER – The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES conservation program recently collaborated with Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District to help pack more than 16,500 trees and shrubs for individual orders.

“This project was done near the time of Earth Day,” Herkimer BOCES conservation instructor William Carpenter said, “and I wanted students to realize the impact they have – no matter how big or small – both for the environment and their community.”

Juniors and seniors in the Herkimer BOCES conservation program worked on the project over the course of two days. The trees were raised in a nursery in Pennsylvania and received in bulk order, so the students repacked the trees for individual orders.

This collaboration has been going on for several years, and this year was the highest order to date. The Herkimer County Soil and Water Conservation District also donated more than 300 trees that were extras from the orders back to the program. The conservation program was then able to plant several conifer species around the Herkimer BOCES property and plant an apple orchard, Carpenter said.

During the project, Carpenter also had a quote on the board from Baba Dioum that he wanted his students to keep in mind: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”





 
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