Areas of native habitat are divided in to "patches", "corridors" and "stepping stones". These areas foster greater diversity by providing habitats for aerial creatures such as birds, bats and butterflies, arboreal animals such as squirrels, snakes and snails, and terrestrial animals like frogs, lizards, possums and more.
In this stepping stone, trees are planted in abundance and close together, interspersing plants and shrubs to recreate a natural, native landscape. Once established this area will require minmal care and upkeep, and will become a "no mow" area.
November 2021 Update:
During the third annual Texas Arbor Day, volunteers worked together to create "The Stepping Stone". This is the second stepping stone garden created to help foster biodiversity in Elgin Memorial Park, the first being the Elgin Recreation Center Pollinator Gardens. The intention of "The Stepping Stone" is to re-wild an area of the park, creating a space for animals big and small to nest, hunt and grow. A wide variety of trees of all sizes were added to this area to create a thicket, and maintenance will not mow in this area allowing for native seeds to grow and reseed annually. Due to the wild nature of this area, we ask that patrons do not enter the area surrounded by cedar borders.
The following trees were planted as a part of Texas Arbor Day 2021: