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Plant One Million Celebration in Three States
by Alan Jaffe, Public Relations Manager, PHS - posted 10/31/2011
2,100 trees to be planted in Philadelphia area, Camden and Delaware
PHILADELPHIA – Plant One Million, the first multi-state tree campaign in the U.S., reached communities throughout the region on Saturday, Nov. 5, with mass plantings, celebrations, tree sales, and other activities. More than 2,100 trees will be added to the landscape of Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware in this extraordinary mobilization of organizations and individuals.
Since Plant One Million was launched last spring, more than 118,700 new trees have been planted in the region so far.
The campaign, which encompasses three states and 13 counties, is led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the TreeVitalize program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture. Together, these partners are creating a movement to educate residents and companies about the need for trees and canopy restoration – and arming them with the tools to “plant, tend and count.”
The plantings scheduled on Nov. 5 included:
FDR Park in South Philadelphia. PHS and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will lead this planting of more than 100 trees in the groves around this beautiful park. PHS President Drew Becher; Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources; State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson; and Gregory Jacovini, President of the Friends of FDR Park, will be joined by the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop, the Eagles mascot, for the celebration at 9:30 a.m. at the FDR Boathouse before the planting begins.
“The tree plantings on Nov. 5 mark an important milestone in the Plant One Million campaign,” Becher said. “This is the first time simultaneous plantings will occur in communities throughout the tri-state region, emphasizing the full scope of this effort and the impact it will have on the environmental and economic health of the region.”
Vernon Park, Philadelphia. Ten trees will be planted and a rain garden will be dedicated at 11 a.m. by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Friends of Vernon Park, PHS, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water Department, Center in the Park, and Fairmount Park Conservancy. This event is part of the citywide LOVE Your Park event involving 60 parks. LOVE Your Park emphasizes the importance of maintaining neighborhood parks and green spaces. The city’s Greenworks plan and TreePhilly initiative are designed to increase the tree canopy to 30 percent.
“We can achieve our tree-planting goals by coming together in new ways to advance this important work and a premier parks and recreation system that is safe, clean, ready to use, and green,” said Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis.
West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, Chester County, Pa. Volunteers will plant 1,530 small container trees on a hillside by a tributary to the Brandywine in Unionville (between Coatesville and Kennett Square) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This riparian planting is funded through a TreeVitalize Watersheds grant and is being coordinated by PHS and the Brandywine Conservancy.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources TreeVitalize program is pleased to partner with the Plant One Million multi-state initiative,” said Christine H. Ticehurst, TreeVitalize Program Administrator. “Since 2004, TreeVitalize has been planting trees within Southeast Pennsylvania and 12 additional Pennsylvania metro areas in an effort to increase the tree canopy. This multi-state partnership will make a larger impact on our urban canopy.”
North Camden Little League home field, Point and Eerie Streets, Camden, N.J. The New Jersey Tree Foundation will lead this planting of 10 trees with members of the North Camden Little League from 9 a.m. to noon. Partners include Concerned Citizens of North Camden, MAFCO Worldwide Corporation, and United Water Camden.
“Over 100 Camden children rely on this field for baseball and T-ball in the summer. Without a single tree in sight, games have been hot and unforgiving. We look forward to the shade and beauty these trees will bring ort community in the years to come,” said Bryan Morton, CCNC President and Little League coach.
“It’s amazing to be part of Plant One Million, something truly innovative for our region,” said Jessica Franzini, Camden Program Director for the N.J. Tree Foundation.
Old New Castle, Del. The Delaware Center for Horticulture will plant 40 trees in Old New Castle in partnership with the New Castle Tree Commission and 40 community volunteers. The project is funded in part through grants from the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, and the Alliance for Community Trees.
“The DCH is pleased to involve the Old New Castle community for the first time in Plant One Million,” said Jen Bruhler, the DCH Assistant Director of Urban Forestry. “Much of the city’s historic character can be attributed to its trees, and we are excited to help maintain that tradition. Additionally, New Castle has been identified by the Delaware Forest Service as a priority area in need of additional tree canopy.”
White Clay Creek, Newark, Del. Ten trees and 60 shrubs will be planted along the banks of the White Clay Creek near the historic Hale Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiania Rd., Newark. The planting is being coordinated by White Clay Wild & Scenic and the Delaware Society for the Preservation for Antiquities, with support from the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
The event at FDR Park in South Philadelphia will begin with registration of volunteers at 9 a.m. in the grassy clearing between the American Swedish Historical Museum and the park boathouse. The speakers program will begin at 9:30, followed by a warm-up cheer led by PHS and the Eagles Cheerleaders, and then plantings throughout the park.
The Eagles’ participation in the event is part of the organization’s continuing commitment to keep the environment green. Sponsors of the FDR Park event, who are also sending volunteers to participate in the plantings, include Benjamin Lovell and Dansko, Johnson Controls, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Chickie & Pete’s will provide lunch for the volunteers.
FDR Park is located at 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia 19145. The entrance is at the terminus of 20th Street. Parking will be available on either side of the lawn near the American Swedish Historical Museum.
For more information about the Plant One Million campaign and the Nov. 5 tree plantings, visit www.plantonemillion.org.
Alan Jaffe, PHS, 215-988-8833