Tuscarora High School Tree Planting
The southern fork of Big Spring Branch runs through the Tuscarora High School property. Significant planting of trees and shrubs was undertaken during school construction; however, deer pressure on the property has resulted in high mortality rates of trees in some areas.
In May 2012, students from the environmental science classes of the high school planted 100 4-6’ trees in the riparian areas of the stream. The new trees were protected with 5’ ventilated tubes and weed mats.
In the spring of 2014, an additional 175 trees were planted to augment the riparian buffer in width and density along the stream. Tree tubes were used to enhance protection from deer and buried metal mesh cylinders were placed around the root ball to protect from voles.
Tree species that were planted included:
- American Elm
- Chinkapin Oak
- Bald Cypress
- Willow Oak
- Red Maple