Recently volunteers with the Northern Neck Master Naturalist and staff from the Dept. of Forestry, Dept. of Corrections, and Belle Isle State Park planted 8,000 trees on previously cultivated land. The land was taken out of cultivation and planted in trees as part of the parks Resource Management plan. Four types of oaks (willow, pin, northern red, & black), red maple, green ash, walnut, yellow popular, cypress, plum, river birch, and red osier dogwood were randomly planted in the fields along the Neck Fields Trail.
DOF provided a 1 row transplanter that enhance the planting. The transplanter enable the operator to plant about 5 trees a minute.The combined efforts of the transplanter and the Master Naturalistresulted in all the treesbeing planted in 2 days.
Come out to Belle Isle and see the results!
Reservations for camping and cabins may be made through our reservation center by calling 800.933.7275. The center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but is closed all state holidays. You can also make reservations on line any time day or night. Reservations may be made up to eleven months in advance. Same day camping and cabin reservations, when sites are available, must be made through the reservation center.