Pennsylvania is the only state named for trees: Penn’s Woods … Penn’s Sylvania
Penn’s Woods have had a history of destruction and recovery—from the timbering in the late 1800s to tree plantings through the efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps to the slow rebirth of our tree canopy. Yet forces are again working against our trees, only this time it is nature wreaking havoc.
Invasive insects—such as the hemlock wooly adelgid and the emerald ash borer—are changing the tree canopy, and thereby altering food chains, increasing water temperatures due to loss of shade, and reshaping the natural and built landscape. Add to this storm damage and drought resulting from climage change and soil compression from human and vehicular traffic, and we are left with a growing need for imperative action—to replant trees in our parks and forests.
How large is the need? Pennsylvania has a $600,000 need for new trees in our state parks and forests to replace those lost to storm damage and invasive pests - and a new Volunteer Tree Army to help plant and care for them.
Neither the amount nor the effort is out of reach with your help!