“Responding to an alarming trend of the loss of trees in Pennsylvania’s metropolitan areas, TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment, and build capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees.” This program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
“Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders® is at the forefront of the urban tree movement across the country, and is one of the oldest, most respected volunteer urban tree planting and stewardship programs in the world. The program offers hands-on tree care training, covering biology, identification, planting and proper care.
Since 1993, the training program has graduated more than 4,000 Tree Tenders® in the Greater Philadelphia area. Working in neighborhood groups, the program’s volunteers are responsible for planting more than 2,000 trees annually.
The strong growth in participating groups has proved to be not only an indication of the expanding reach of the Tree Tenders®, but also the pride and sense of purpose volunteers feel as a result of improving their neighborhoods.”
LANCASTER COUNTY CONSERVANCY
“The Lancaster County Conservancy exists because clean air, fresh water, and wild places are vital to every generation.”
The Conservancy is committed to creating a strong and lasting relationship between Lancaster’s community and the natural environment resulting in protection, conservation and education. They are dedicated to promoting a culture where the protection and good stewardship of Lancaster’s natural resources are in balance with the communities they sustain while educating and inspiring current and future generations to explore, respect, and protect nature.
Through its Urban Greening Program, the Conservancy seeks to steward Lancaster’s urban environment. For Lancaster residents, this means more education and resources managing stormwater through rain barrels, tree plantings, and development of backyard habitats. For local business owners, it means education about effective strategies to mitigate stormwater through green roofing and conservation easements to improve the quality of our waters that flow to the Conestoga River and beyond.
LANCASTER CITY ALLIANCE
“With a talented staff and a core group of community and business leaders dedicated to the City of Lancaster, the mission of this organization is improving the City’s financial stability, public safety and quality of life.
But importantly, as an alliance, we align with like-minded economic-development and community organizations—jointly identifying key initiatives, linking stakeholders, allocating resources, acting as a catalyst—to produce extraordinary outcomes for the future benefit and utility of the City.
The Lancaster City Alliance serves the people of the City, crossing residential and commercial lines to include anyone who lives, works and plays in Lancaster. In collaboration with neighbors, public, private and non-profit partners and other entities focused on the City of Lancaster, the Lancaster City Alliance ensures a clean, safe and vital environment.
We are passionate about the vitality of the City. We serve as ‘home base’, a central repository of information, resources and connections for getting things done. We also leverage resources every day to make the neighborhoods and Downtown significant contributors to the City’s and County’s dynamics.”
For more information on the Lancaster City Alliance, visit its website here.
LANCASTER TREE TENDERS
Lancaster Tree Tenders was formed to “To increase and enhance Lancaster’s urban forest by engaging and empowering neighborhoods to plant and care for trees”. A collaborative effort, Lancaster Tree Tenders is an initiative of the Lancaster County Conservancy Urban Greening program with partners Lancaster City Alliance and the City of Lancaster. Two community plantings have taken place during 2015-2016; 28 trees were planted with residents in the City’s northeast and 15 trees were planted in the City’s southwest. Efforts are underway for additional plantings in in 2017.