National, state and local partners gathered on a Lancaster County farm April 24 to announce a goal to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by the end of 2025.
The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership planted more than 31,000 trees at over 50 locations throughout the state in April. The partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses and individuals.
Roughly 19,000 miles of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams are impaired by polluted runoff and the legacy of coal mining, according to a news release from the CBF. Trees are the most cost-effective tools for cleaning and protecting waterways by filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing streambanks, and improving soil quality.
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The state’s Clean Water Blueprint calls for about 95,000 acres of forested buffers to be planted in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Adding 10 million new trees alongside streams, streets, and other priority landscapes would accelerate Pennsylvania toward its clean water goals, achieving as much as two-thirds of the 95,000-acre goal.
Current members of the partnership are: Adams County Watershed Alliance; Antietam Watershed Association; Arbor Day Foundation; Central Pennsylvania Conservancy; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; City of Lancaster; ClearWater Conservancy; Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association; Derry Township; Doc Fritchey Trout Unlimited; Donegal Experiential Education Program; Donegal Trout Unlimited; East Pennsboro Township; Halifax Middle School; Huntingdon County Conservation District; Juniata County Conservation District; Juniata Watershed Alliance; Lancaster Conservancy; Lebanon Rotary; Lebanon Valley Conservancy; Luzerne Conservation District; Manada Conservancy; Master Watershed Stewards; Musser Forests Inc.; North Branch Land Trust; Octoraro Native Plant Nursery; Partners for Fish and Wildlife; Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center; Penn State Cooperative Extension; Penns Valley Conservation Association; Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association; Schuylkill Trout Unlimited; Silver Mine Park/Pequea Township; Silver Spring Township; Spring Creek Trout Unlimited; Stroud Water Research Center; Tiadaghton Trout Unlimited; U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service; York County Conservation District.