Volunteers plant trees in West Manchester Township conservation area

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch

More than a dozen volunteers from the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward program, master gardeners and Boy Scouts planted about 300 trees in the Little Conewago Creek Conservation Area in West Manchester Township, Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27. 

The planting is one of several organized by the Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in the past week in central Pennsylvania.

About 11,000 trees donated by the foundation have been planted since the kickoff Tuesday, April 24, in Lancaster County. The partnership's goal is to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by the end of 2025 to improve water quality.

"Clean water grows on trees" is the slogan of the partnership.

"We really believe that," Chesapeake Bay Foundation Outreach and Advocacy Manager Lane Whigham said. "The cheapest, most cost-effective way to have clean water in our streams and rivers in Pennsylvania is by planting more trees."

For more information, visit www.tenmilliontrees.org or www.cbf.org.