UD students plant trees to sequester carbon in Milford Neck

April 21, 2011 under CANR News

UD students plant trees in carbon sequestration project at Milford NeckUniversity of Delaware Professor Kent Messer and his students went to the state’s Milford Neck region on Saturday, April 16, to start a project that aims to plant more than 55,000 trees over a 60-acre plot of land — work that will result in the sequestration of an estimated 17,500 tons of carbon.

The team planted 5,000 trees in the initial weekend and, in addition to carbon sequestration, Messer said the trees will provide direct benefits for biodiversity and water quality in the region.

Messer, assistant professor of food and resource economics in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, jumped at the opportunity to have his students gain valuable hands-on sustainable development experience while also providing a beneficial service to the environment.

“I want my students to not only learn in the classroom, but also to get involved with environmental projects in the local community and region,” he said.

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