On Saturday, April 21, 2012, ACER Participated in the “Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival” at Princess Point to take benchmark measurements of the 10 species of trees planted.
Throughout the day ACER worked with young naturalist and volunteers in monitoring the mass planting using a scientifically-sound sampling process. Volunteers were trained to collect the tree measurements and helped the staff tag and map the trees in the random 10% sample. These benchmark measurements are year zero of a cumulative data set to track the success of the planted trees. This was a first for ACER, with the help of RBG Ecologist Lindsay Burtenshaw. The area was chosen to enlarge the forest at Princess Point.
ACER’s president, Alice Casselman, Program Coordinator, Ana Maria Martinez, Project Lead, Sophie Lu and Volunteer, Christina attended the festival to further demonstrate and teach ACER’s measuring protocols.