High School Student Plants Longleaf Pines at Tall Timbers for Eagle Scout Project
For his Eagle Scout project, Eagle Scout candidate Pierce Ryan planted 1,330 longleaf pine seedlings at Tall Timbers. He is a senior at Leon High School, and has been in scouting since the sixth grade.
Pierce worked with Tall Timbers’ land manager Eric Staller, who provided the location on the property to plant the pine seedlings, and who prepared the site for planting. This project will help Tall Timbers reforest its property with longleaf pines. The longleaf pine is a native to our region, and offers many advantages to wildlife as it provides the habitat needed for a number of threatened or endangered species. Longleaf is a fire dependent plant species and must be managed using frequent prescribed fire, which will be applied to the site in late winter.
Pierce successfully planned his project, recruited volunteers, purchased the materials needed, and acted as the foreman. He raised enough funds to cover his projects expenses; in addition he donated over $300 to Tall Timbers. Over 250 service hours were recorded for his project, which he completed in late February of this year.