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Plenty of tree planting opportunities in the next few weeks!

Maya and Eliza are happy volunteeers

Planting trees is fun!

Herb Peddicord, the WV Chesapeake Bay Forester, is inviting all interested volunteers of all ages to help plant trees in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties on several following dates.  Here is the tentative schedule:
Saturday, October 15th: 9:00 am until Noon – Near Tuscarora Pike, west of Martinsburg.  Take exit 13 from I-81,  Turn west toward Poor House Farm on Tuscarora Pike.  Go approximately 1.7 miles, loor for mailbox #8055 on the right.  Turn right into the driveway.  The holes are already dug for 140 trees.
Saturday October 29th – To be determined depending on tree order arrival.
Saturday, November 5th – Planting at the “Crossing on the Potomac: HOA in north Berkeley County.
Saturday, November 12th – “Tree 4 Bees” planting at Sacred Roots on Persimmon Lane in Jefferson County.
Saturday, November 19th – Riparian buffer planting on Back Creek of Ganotown Road.
Herb will also have two other Tree 4 Bee planting he will schedule for weekdays or on October 2th.
If you would like to help out with any of these tree plantings please contact Herb Peddicord at (304) 229-2665 or for more information.
Participants at all of these planting should bring water to drink, gardening or work goloves, sunscreen, pub spray, and a spade or shovel. Work clothes and boots are also appropriate clothing.


Free trees available to honor Carla Hardy

Carla Hardy (1971-2016), founder of the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree program, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  Cacapon Institute is offering memorial trees to be planted in her honor in fall 2016. By planting a memorial tree this fall, you are expanding upon Carla’s legacy and upholding the motto of the program she began back in 2008 by “Building Communities from the Roots Up!”


Community organizations and private homeowners are encouraged to apply to plant memorial trees throughout their communities and in their backyards.


Trees will be available for pickup between October 1st and November 30th at either:

  • Inwood – WV Division of Forestry office (145 Pilgrim Street, Inwood, WV 25428)
  • Moorefield – WV Conservation Agency office (60 Moorefield Industrial Park Rd, Moorefield, WV 26836)


On your order form, you’ll need to select where you’ll be picking up your trees from, how many trees you are requesting, and answer some basic information about where you’ll be planting the trees and how they will be maintained. Please keep in mind that we will do our best to honor all requests for species, but in certain situations, a similar species may be substituted based on nursery availability.


The deadline to apply for memorial trees is Wednesday, September 14th


We encourage successful applicants to submit their tree planting with pictures to Cacapon Institute’s “What’s Your BMP” tool on our website.


Please fill out a form at the Cacapon Institute website, and email it to or contact me with any questions.  

On behalf of Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree,

Tanner Haid, Urban Watershed Forester

ISA Certified Arborist #MA-5639A

Cacapon Institute

#10 Rock Ford Road

Great Cacapon, WV 25422

Cell: 540-335-0687

Office: 304-258-8013

Building Communities from the Roots Up!



Join us for a tree planting on October 17th!

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Upcoming SCWA events: Everyone welcome, join the fun!

Maya and Eliza are happy volunteeers

Eliza and Maya are happy volunteers!

Upcoming SCWA Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in some short term outside volunteer opportunities? We could use some help and have partnered with several state and local organization to support the following tree plantings in the Sleepy Creek Watershed.

Friday, September 25, 9 AM – 2 PM. On this day we will be planting 250 disease replacement trees at Cacapon State Park and lunch will be provided by the park to all volunteers. We will assemble at the main lodge for planting instructions and teaming. Please bring a shovel or small spade and gloves.  For more information, please call Suzy Lucas at 304-263-4376, extension 3, to volunteer.


Potomac River Keepers Float Trip

Brent Walls of the Potomac River Keepers and Frank Rogers of the Cacapon Institute invite you to participate in their Upper Potomac Float Trip on any or all of the following days: September 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, and 28. The full float trip schedule is as follows:

Sept 19 – Kick off – Cumberland to Spring Gap – 10.7 miles – Open to the public (Camping at Spring Gap)

Sept 20 – Spring Gap to Paw Paw – 19 miles

Sept 21 – Paw Paw to Great Cacapon/Cacapon Junction – 28 miles

Sept 22 – Cacapon Junction or Great Cacapon to Hancock – 9 miles – Open to public – Day Trip

Sept 23 – Hancock to McCoy’s Ferry – 14.5 miles – Open to the public – Day Trip

Sept 24 – McCoy’s Ferry to Williamsport – 14 miles

Sept 25 – Williamsport to Big Slack Water (slow 15 miles) – Open to the public (Camping at Big Slack Water)

Sept 26 – Big Slack Water to National Conservation Training Center – 2 miles

Sept 27 – World Rivers Day – Dam 4 to Shepherdstown – 11 miles – Open to the public -Day trip

Sept 28 – Shepherdstown to Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center – Open to the public (Camping at Adventure Center)

In particular, the Cacapon Institute will support your participation in the September 22nd trip tentatively scheduled from 10 AM to 3:30 PM between Great Cacapon, WV and Hancock, MD by providing kayaks and or/canoes and carpooling between Hancock and Great Cacapon as needed. Parking is available at the Cacapon Institute, 10 Rock Ford Road, Great Cacapon, WV (weather permitting). Parking is also available at the C&O Canal Park at the bottom on South Pennsylvania Street in Hancock, MD.

If you are interested in participating, please register with the Cacapon Institute at 304-258-8013, or call Frank Rodgers at 304-258-7657 or email him at Frank will provide you additional details as the time nears.



Hard work and helpful volunteers help make tree planting a success

Maya and Eliza are happy volunteeers

Eliza and Maya are happy volunteers

After much planning and a week of prep work, hundreds of trees were planted in the Old Mill Manor area along Sleepy Creek on Saturday. Tuesday was hole digging, Wednesday, unloading the trees from a semi. and delivering them to the planting sites, Friday making the deer-proof cages and distributing them to the sites, and on Saturday we were ready for 18 people to plant hundreds of trees. Some of the varieties of trees and bushes planted: Black Walnut, River Birch, Basswood, American Elm ,Red Maple, Swamp Oak, Sweet Gum, Yellow Poplar, Flowering Dogwood, Red Bud, Button Bush, Hazelnut, and Viburnum.

We got the last stakes pounded in about 3:30, and it started raining within a half hour later. Thanks to everyone for all the help, it was really a team effort.

Half of a truckload ready for planting

Half of a truckload ready for planting

Finished with the first 20!

Finished with the first 20, only 300 to go!

Come join us for a fun day of tree planting!

2015 spring tree planting

Students and Girl Scouts Planting trees at our last tree planting event.

Mark your calendars to help Sleepy Creek Watershed Association with one of our largest tree plantings to date on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  In partnership with the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District and the West Virginia Department of Forestry, we will plant over 400
trees and shrubs in the Old Mill Manor subdivision.  To get there, take 522 to Winchester grade road, go left at Autumn Acres Road (just before the big right hand turn)  and stay to the right as it turns into Johnsons Mill Road, cross over small bridge and take first right into Old Mill Manor.  Park immediately to the left as you enter the subdivision.  Since this is an ambitious project, we need as many helping hands as possible. (It’s fun for the whole family.) The planting will take place between 9 AM and 4 PM with lunch being
provided to all participants.  Wear appropriate clothes for outdoor work and bring along a
shovel, personal water bottle, and small gardening tools if you have them.  Gloves will be
provided.  Please call Suzy Lucas at 304-263-4376, extension 3, not later than May 14, 2015 to
register and reserve your lunch. We hope to see you there!

Students and Girl Scouts Planting Trees at Greenwood Elementary School

2015 spring tree planting

Students and Girl Scouts Planting trees at Greenwood Elementary School

Tanner Haid from Cacapon Institute teaches and participates with students and Girl Scouts in planting trees at Greenwood Elementary School on April 18th.  The trees were paid for by the US Forest Service through WV CommuniTree whose objective is to improve the environmental quality and ecological impact of public lands by promoting tree planting and education through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of the State of West Virginia. The weather was perfect, and with all the volunteers, the planting went very smoothly. Thanks to all the groups that planned and participated in this event!


WV CommuniTree Planting At Greenwood Elementary School

2015 spring tree planting

It’s all smiles at the CommuniTree Planting at Greenwood Elementary!

Forty adults and children from the Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, Cacapon Institute, Greenwood Parents and Teachers Association, and Girl Scout Troop 40764 planted 16 shade and flowering trees at the school last Saturday, April 18th. WV CommuniTree is funded by the US Forest Service.  Its objective is to improve the environmental quality and ecological impact of public lands by promoting tree planting and education through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of the State of West Virginia.



196 Trees and shrubs planted at Wind Dance Farm

More than 30 hearty souls showed up on a cold November morning to plant 196 trees and shrubs at and adjacent to Wind Dance Farm near Berkeley Springs. Everyone worked hard, and had fun planting the trees and installing deer-proof tubes for protection. SCWA provided a nice bag lunch and combined efforts with the WV Dept. of Forestry and the Eastern Panhandle Conservation District to make the event a success. Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers, there was a very fun atmosphere, and we got all the trees planted by mid afternoon.




Come join the fun on Nov. 15 at Wind Dance Farm

Come join the fun on Nov. 15 at Wind Dance Farm