LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -- A partnership of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens launched a project to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by 2025.
About 100 conservationists, including three state cabinet secretaries and the Region III Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), met on the Garber Farm in Manheim, Pa. for the official launch of the Partnership and a tree-planting in a streamside buffer along Little Chiques Creek.
The project is being led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), but involves the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture(PDA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Local watershed groups will provide much of the labor to plant the trees.
PLNA member Octoraro Native Plant Nursery donated 100 trees to the April 24 kickoff.
“We are pleased that Octoraro was able to donate these 100 trees to help launch this exciting project,” said Jim MacKenzie, president of Octoraro Native Plant Nursery. “This is an ambitious effort to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. We commend CBF, DCNR and PDA for their vison and foresight in launching this program.
The Octoraro donated trees were a variety of native species. Octoraro specializes in growing mid-Atlantic native trees and shrubs from regional seed sources.
By the end of April 2018, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership had already planted more than 31,000 trees at over 50 locations throughout Pennsylvania. The Partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by the CBF, of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals. The goal is to plant 10 million trees by the end of 2025.
Photo: Parikha Mehta