300 trees planted in Susquehanna Township

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Just above Asylum Run in Susquehanna Township, volunteers planted several hundred trees.

“We have things such as red oak, arrowwood, persimmon,” said Brenda Sieglitz, manager of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has a mission to plant 10 million trees by 2025 through the Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership.

“To help create clean water, making sure that we have a variety of things for wildlife to survive,” Sieglitz said.

In collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, which owns the land, today they got a little closer to that goal.

“We had an underutilized piece of property,” said Mike Parker, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. “It was suitable for planting about 300 trees and shrubs and it’ll benefit the environment.”

“Trees are a solution to a lot of the problems that the world is facing today. Clean water is at the top of the list,” said Bradley Brandt, forest restoration manager for Arbor Day Foundation.

You may wonder what trees have to do with water, but it’s actually quite simple.

“The root system will act as a network to capture that runoff, to keep the dirt from entering the streams,” Parker said. “And with that, keep the dirt from entering the streams, and with it, the pollution to create a healthier environment.”

For the arbor day foundation, this new ecosystem is a welcome sight.

“The mission is to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, and what I see here today, this is our mission in action,” Brandt said.

“What we now have is a forest to meadow ecosystem, so it’s a transitional space with an open field in the middle, that then grows out naturally into a forested environment,” Parker said.

It’s just one more project closer to that goal of planting 10 million trees.

“This is the kind of thing that we as an organization have to show other organizations, other property owners, that with a little bit of effort, you can help the environment in a small way,” said Rick Kauffman, southeast region commissioner with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

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