Selecting species that are showy and attractive to pollinators is a priority as well as incorporating wildlife components. These include bat and bird boxes, bee blocks, and providing nesting habitat and water. These gardens will reduce fossil fuels used by the Forest Service in mowing and will provide habitat that pollinators sorely need. Without pollination, we can’t eat all the foods we love, including blueberries, chocolate, peaches, and vanilla, to name a few.
Currently, I’m in the process of preparing the sites for planting in the coming weeks. Three different groups of kids are coming to help with the planting at two of the Forest Service offices. When kids come help, they will spend time outside, learn about pollinators, and be encouraged to plant their own gardens. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting dirty and planting some seeds?
I’ll be planting more sites in the near future, so if you find yourself around Marlinton, White Sulphur Springs, or Richwood and want to help with planting or have a burning desire to run a rototiller around some areas, feel free to give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-799-4334 ext. 42.