Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PEC: Get Your Hands Dirty With Tree Plantings In Luzerne, Columbia County State Forests

Join the PA Environmental Council, DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Keep PA Beautiful to celebrate Earth Day 2017 by helping with tree plantings in Pinchot State Forest in Luzerne County and Weiser State Forest in Columbia County on April 21-22.
To ensure are enough supplies food and drinks for all volunteers attending, please register online prior to the event
Pinchot State Forest
On April 21 and 22 volunteers will plant 7,480 seedlings — including White Birch, Quaking Aspen and Chestnut Oak — across 10 acres of reclaimed mine lands in Pinchot State Forest.
Volunteers will gather at 9:00 at the intersection of Strip Mine Road and Avondale Hill Road in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County. Planting will continue until 2:00 p.m. both days.
Click Here to register.
Weiser State Forest
Another 3,559 Aspen Shrub Oak, Pitch Pine and Table Mountain Pine seedlings have been designated for planting in the Weiser State Forest on April 22.
Registration for this one-day activity begins at 8:30am at the Weiser Forestry District Building (16 Weiser Ave. Aristes, Columbia County).  After registration volunteers will be bussed to the Weiser State Forest for planting.
Click Here to register.
DCNR has already done the hard work of ripping the soil using heavy equipment in preparation for planting. This will make volunteers’ work much easier — and will also increase water infiltration and tree root expansion.
Due to the rocky, hilly terrain, please note that boots or sturdy shoes are required. We’ll take care of the rest: food, supplies, and portable toilets will be provided, and seasoned Foresters will be onsite to instruct volunteers.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Environmental Council website, visit the PEC Blog, follow PEC on Twitter or Like PEC on Facebook.  Visit PEC’s Audio Room for the latest podcasts.  Click Here to receive regular updates from PEC.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s new Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.

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