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The BiodiversiTree Project

Scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are planting a massive experimental forest for a long-term research project called BiodiversiTree.
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Prior to the massive BiodiversiTree project, this field was used to grow corn for 35 years. (SERC)
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Prior to the massive BiodiversiTree project, this field was used to grow corn for 35 years. (SERC)

When the experimental forest is fully planted it will add some 35,000 trees to the landscape divided among 125 study plots.
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When the experimental forest is fully planted it will add some 35,000 trees to the landscape divided among 125 study plots.

BiodiversiTree includes 16 tree species native to North America, including this White Dogwood. (SERC)
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BiodiversiTree includes 16 tree species native to North America, including this White Dogwood. (SERC)

 Senior scientist John Parker dug 24,000 holes in the first phase of forest planting. Parker says it took about 30 seconds a hole, then another minute or so to fill in the dirt. (SERC)
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Senior scientist John Parker dug 24,000 holes in the first phase of forest planting. Parker says it took about 30 seconds a hole, then another minute or so to fill in the dirt. (SERC)

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