Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications for Spring 2017

by Duane Nichols on January 17, 2017


Join the Carla Harding Tree Planting

Carla Hardy Memorial Tree plantings have been successful

From Regional News, Morgan Messenger (Berkeley Springs), November 11, 2016

Carla Hardy, a conservationist and champion of trees, passed away on July 13. In honor of her lifetime of achievements, Cacapon Institute, through the recently renamed “Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree,” hosted a “Carla Hardy Memorial Tree Giveaway.”

This fall, 404 free trees were distributed and planted at 151 locations in 31 different cities across West Virginia, mostly in the eight counties of the Potomac Basin, where Hardy contributed to the WV Conservation Agency and conservation districts.

Cacapon Institute is honored to give away trees in Carla’s memory, explained Tanner Haid, Urban Watershed Forester. “As the founder of WV Project CommuniTree, as a valued colleague, and as a cherished friend, Carla is irreplaceable and her loss is sorely felt by all who knew her. Cacapon Institute is honored to carry on her legacy as we plant trees in her memory this fall and into the future.”

Project CommuniTree is supported by the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, USDA Forest Service, West Virginia DEP Chesapeake Bay Program, WV Division of Forestry, and Cacapon Institute. Special funding for the Memorial Tree Giveaway came from the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, Potomac Valley Conservation District, and Alliance for Community Trees, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, thanks to a partnership with CSX Transportation and their Trees for Tracks program.

The tree species selected were Hardy’s favorites, including sugar maples, pin oaks, weeping cherries and eastern redbuds.

Founded in 1985, Cacapon Institute’s mission, from the Cacapon River to the Potomac to the Chesapeake Bay, is to protect rivers and watersheds using science and education.

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Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications available

Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree planting and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, & Pendleton counties).  The program also focuses on enhancing and promoting awareness of watershed and riparian area needs such as storm water management, water quality issues, buffer zone planting, and soil erosion. The project is entirely volunteer based and engages stakeholders in the process of making priority decisions within their respective communities and offers a strong educational message along with a physical planting component. CommuniTree is a program of the WV Conservation Agency and the WV Potomac Tributary Team that is engaged in on-the-ground actions throughout the Potomac headwaters.

CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.  Twice annually groups can apply for CTree Kits for spring and fall plantings.  CTree Kits include: (a)Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for Shade, Reforestation, etc., (b) Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer; and (c) Mulch to foster good root growth.

Successful CTree applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the WV Division of Forestry.  Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees).  Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites.

CTree is designed so any volunteer group or public entities, regardless of experience, can apply for help from CTree and the WV Division of Forestry.  We want your group to apply and join the growing number of volunteers who are making their communities more beautiful and health by planting trees.  CTree applications include:  (a) Cover Letter: General information about your group, including group name & address, project leader & location, etc., (b) Proposal: More in depth information about their organization (structure, number of members, past tree planting experience), details on the proposed project including description of need, objectives, and an explanation of how the project will be evaluated, (c) Site Checklist: Checklist for evaluating a proposed planting site including hydrology, topography, current vegetation, and potential conflicts with underground or overhead utilities, (d) Tree Maintenance Form: Groups must outline a multi-year plan to maintain the health of the trees through proper watering, mulching, and care.

Application MaterialsYou prepare your application using a writeable PDF with an email button.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software on your computer to use the PDF form; if you don’t already have it, download Adobe Reader for free.   

Application: Applications for spring plantings are due February 1 and

Applications for fall plantings are due by July 1, 2017.

Useful Resources for grantees: (a)  CTree Kits (113 KB, PDF), (b) Volunteer Contribution and Material Donation Example  (38KB, PDF), (c)   Frequently Asked Questions 

It is the law, call before you dig!  (CTree representatives will help successful applicants with contacting “Miss Utility” to have the planting site inspected.  Background information on Miss Utility.)

Information Source: Watershed Resource Center Coordinator, 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Charleston, WV 25305.  (304) 558-0382, (800) 682-7866 (In W.Va.)


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