The Rich Mountain Conservation District (RMCD) held a tree planting day on March 16th, 2021 at the Cossatot River School Outdoor Classroom. Personnel from the RMCD, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Arkansas Forestry Division discussed the importance of trees and forestry in Arkansas and demonstrated how to properly plant a tree seedling.

Approximately 70 students from the Cossatot River High School agriculture classes planted approximately 1,000 pine seedlings on about 2 acres of land at the Outdoor Classroom. Both Loblolly Pine and Shortleaf pine were planted.

The Cossatot River School Outdoor Classroom is a collaborative effort between the school, Rich Mountain Conservation District, and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission to develop an area for students to learn about nature, conservation, and agriculture. The outdoor classroom includes a forestry demonstration area to show different forest management systems and allow students hands on experiences in forestry.

RMCD are grateful to USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Arkansas Forestry Division, Scott Morgan and Monte Fain of Cossatot River High School, and especially Danny Powell and the US Forest Service for providing the pine seedlings.

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