Students at Meadowview Middle School sowed seeds native to Monroe County forests and savannas and transplanted several hundred native plant sets as part of the ongoing forest restoration efforts behind the school.
Mark Pfost of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife program guided the activity with two groups of middle schoolers Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Pfost has worked closely with the school to develop a management plan to enhance and renew the natural scape. Efforts have included a controlled burn, removal of invasive species, planting of natural prairie plants and the installation of a marked trail with benches and tables.
“This is a great hands-on educational opportunity for our students as they work with Mr. Pfost in our continued improvement and care of our school prairie and forest,” Principal Jeffery Krull said.
Pfost added “it is important to get kids outside so they begin developing an interest in natural resources.”
The project included 120 middle school students. A class this summer allowed students to work on the trails and learn more about the savanna and forest.
In addition to support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife, the project has received support from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Monroe County.