Pau-Wa-Lu, Carson Valley Middle and Douglas High school students plant trees in burned area
At the Pau-Wa-Lu, Carson Valley and Douglas High schools performing arts students tree-a-thon last weekend, some 500 trees were planted in the Autumn Hills burned area.
About 20 students, parents and school staff members also helped to lay a drip irrigation system that will water the trees from a natural spring, according to drama teacher Don Baumann of PWLMS.
“It’s quite an involved operation,” he said.
The irrigation system is being added to ensure that the trees survive, a program sponsored by Bently Agridynamics.
“A number of trees planted (at the tree-a-thon) last year had a low survival rate. That’s why they’re going with a drip system,” Baumann said. “That’s a pretty sincere investment in all that equipment and manpower to put it together.”
The area was burned in a massive wildland fire in 1996.
Baumann said the students who worked on the tree-a-thon were dedicated to the program.
“That’s one of the neat things about it,” he said. “The students are really concerned that this area be reforested and restored, and they’re willing to work to do something about it. That speaks a lot of the kids.”
The tree-a-thon ended with a barbecue put on by CVMS Vice Principal Howard Bennett and PWLMS Principal Charlie Condron and Vice Principal Fritz Battcher. The students raised money by getting sponsors, and funds raised will go to the performing arts programs at each school.
The three-school program now in rehearsal is “Oklahoma!” The show will be performed the last week in May and the first week June at PWLMS.