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Seeding the future

Students take tree planting to new heights

 

May 7, 2021

Jana Peterson

Cloquet High School students and teacher Matt Winbigler prepare to plant new tree seedlings in part of the school forest between the middle school parking lot and Washington Avenue on Friday, April 30. Students planted almost 500 trees Thursday and Friday.

Students have been planting trees on Arbor Day since 1872, when more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska for the first official celebration of trees.

Now add research, science and satellite imagery to the mix. That's what Cloquet students and staff did in advance of this year's Arbor Day plantings last Friday, with the goal of maximizing the chances the tiny seedlings will grow to big strong trees over the upcoming decades.

Cloquet High School teacher Matt Winbigler explained that they first sent students out into the school forest, 15 acres spread across the high school and middl...



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