Students pitched in to bring back the rare Atlantic white cedar at our April 5 event in the Nassawango Creek Preserve. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, the preserve spans 10,000 acres of land, including swamps and upland forests. A special 20-acre plot is dedicated to conservation events like this one, which help maintain and restore the natural habitat that’s home to 60 species of migratory birds and a number of rare plant species.
Unlike many other types of rare trees, the main reason for the drastic decline of Atlantic white cedars wasn’t excessive logging, though that played a role as well. These trees require low, wet land, like swamps, to thrive, and many of these wetlands have been drained after too many ditches have been put in and caused these areas to dry up.
Thanks to these kids’ efforts, the Atlantic white cedar is once again finding its place on the Eastern Shore. Check out more photos from Nassawango Creek’s conservation events and learn more about how you can get involved.
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