Volunteers from Bottomline Technologies and the US Air Force planted over 90 shrubs along Hodgson Brook last week during the United Way’s annual Day of Caring. The effort was led by Candace Dolan, Coordinator of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project.
The volunteers braved sweltering temperatures & humidity all in an effort to enhance the buffer so that it will help improve the brook’s water quality and habitat. Way to go Candace & all the volunteers who moved the shrubs into place, dug big holes, planted & watered the shrubs, and shoveled mulch! Many thanks also to the Pease Development Authority for their assistance preparing the site.
Funding for the event was provided by the Gulf of Maine Association, as a 2013 Leadership Grant recipient under the Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project.
Additional funding was provided by a Watershed Assistance Grant from NH DES with Clean Water Act Section 319 funds from the US EPA.
See below for some photos of the event.
Group shot of our team. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers from Bottomline Technologies and the US Airforce!
Volunteers prepare a shadbush for planting.
Over 90 native shrubs and trees were planted along 700′ of streambank. Here’s a shot of the crew working at the buffer restoration site (in 90 degree temperatures!).
Read the Portsmouth Hearld’s article about the project: