The history of this site is tied to mining, pasturing and agricultural crop production. In 2011-2012 students led an effort to clean up the forest to make it a more accessible and usable learning space. The forest was cleaned up of both debris and fallen timber, birdhouses were installed and attempts began to remove invasive species with the help of WSGN Field educators and Highland staff. Our woods became a registered school forest in 2012.
In recent years, projects have continued to help revitalize our forest. Through a WEEB grant, a fire ring learning station, storage shed, Aldo Leopold benches, a split rail fence, and a trail have all been created by the students and with support from local businesses. Students have also planted over 300 native trees and continue to work towards removing invasive species.
For a more in depth view of the forest's history and current plans for improvements, check out our Forest Education Plan.