Friday, April 28, 2017

DCNR, PA Outdoor Corps Plant Trees Along Creek In Laurel Hill State Park For Arbor Day

To celebrate Arbor Day-- April 28-- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn Friday joined young adults participating in the PA Outdoor Corps planting trees along Laurel Hill Creek in Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset County, to protect and improve water quality.
“On Arbor Day we celebrate trees, and all they do to help clean our air, protect our water quality, and make our landscapes and communities beautiful,” Dunn said. “Trees are even more beneficial growing along our waterways, because they buffer them from runoff from the land, and cool the water for fish and other wildlife in the stream.”
About 500 trees are being planted on 3-acres of the Countryman parcel acquired for Laurel Hill State Park in 2012. Laurel Hill Creek is a 37-mile tributary to the Youghiogheny River, and is a prime destination for trout fishing.
National Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care.
“Critical to the future of conservation work is connecting young people to the outdoors, and that’s why I’m excited to pitch in and work alongside members of the PA Outdoor Corps, who have a 10-month opportunity to learn about jobs involving the stewardship of our land and water resources,” Dunn said. “Planting trees – anywhere – is something that anyone can do to make a difference.”
The PA Outdoor Corps offers young people ages 15-25 job training, work experience and educational opportunities on Pennsylvania’s public lands. A 10-member crew of 18-25 year olds based in Greensburg has been working on projects at Laurel Hill for several weeks.
DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry is leading an effort to work with numerous agencies, partners, and landowners to expand forest buffers along waterways in the Commonwealth.
“One of the original purposes for establishing the state forest system and the various bureaus including state parks that today make up DCNR was to protect forested watersheds that provide clean water,” Dunn said.
Dunn noted that DCNR Bureau of Forestry service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting buffers.
Forest buffers along stream banks provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways.
Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of sediments and the fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops; control erosion; improve water quality; reduce flooding; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish habitat.
For more information, visit DCNR’s Stream Buffers and the PA Outdoors Corps webpages.
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