Bonny Brook Tree Planting

Volunteers at Bonny Brook Farm on October 13. Photo by Bri West/PEC

On October 13, 2022, four volunteers joined PEC staff at Bonny Brook Farm in Fauquier County to plant 55 native trees and shrubs along a riparian stream, including willow oak, shumard oak, pin oak, swamp chestnut oak, gray and silky dogwoods, elderberry, and serviceberry. 

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With proper maintenance and a little bit of luck, the vegetation should survive the coming decades and will play a valuable role in enhancing water quality and providing wildlife habitat in the Potomac watershed. Cedar Run, which flows along the back of Bonny Brook farm, is a tributary to the Potomac River. The Potomac River is a major drinking water supply for residents in the Northern Virginia region and Washington, D.C. 

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our partners at Friends of the Rappahannock, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District and Orvis.

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