The Plant a Tree, Preserve our Future program, established by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in 2012, is coordinated through the Franklin County Planning Department, and has several partners in reaching the programs goals. These organizations, contact information for Franklin County, and roles in Plant a Tree, Preserve our Future are outlined on this page.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
3310 Market Street Suite A
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Contact: Donna Morelli, Pennsylvania
Through funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Pennsylvania Foundation for Watersheds, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is providing technical and financial assistance to local governments, non-profit institutions, and private landowners in the Conococheague Creek watershed (a tributary of the Potomac River) to accelerate riparian buffer plantings and turf-to-trees initiatives.
The Alliance is also offering workshops and incentives to local shade tree commissions and programs for residents as well. Increasing tree canopy cover throughout the region is a long-term investment for reducing sediment and nutrients in runoff, controlling stormwater management, and improving habitat for Pennsylvania’s wildlife.
For homeowners, riparian buffers can help stop erosion and loss of their land, while planting new trees provide several economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits. If you are interested in learning more about the workshops and tree planting events organized by the Alliance, please contact Pennsylvania State Director Donna Morelli.
The Nature Conservancy
2101 North Front Street
Building #1 Suite 200
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Contact: Sara Nicholas, Watershed
Franklin County still has some of the best trout waters in the state, but like many Pennsylvania regions, habitat for Eastern brook trout has been reduced by elimination of forest along these streams. Fortunately there is something we can do about it. The Nature Conservancy has been working with multiple partners to identify high priority areas in the county where streamside forest buffers and bank stabilization projects would help protect high quality habitat for Eastern brook trout and improve stream water quality.
We use satellite imagery and geospatial information to locate primarily agricultural areas along trout streams where additional tree cover would provide shading, cooler temperatures, food for aquatic insects that trout feed on, and stable banks to limit erosion and nutrient runoff into streams. Local partners including Trout Unlimited, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Michaux State Forest and the Conservation District use this information to contact potentially interested landowners to do restoration projects. We are also using these tools to identify high priority wetland restoration areas in Franklin County, which also provide multiple benefits for wildlife and water quality.
Landowners who are interested in restoring stream corridors on their property or restoring wetlands can contact Sara Nicholas at the PA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. More information, including known trout waters in the county and fact sheets on this project are located at the bottom of this page. For more information on the status of Eastern brook trout in Pennsylvania, follow this link: http://easternbrooktrout.org/reports/eastern-brook-trout-status-and-threats/view
Bartlett Tree Experts
951 Progress Road
Chambersburg, PA 17201-3246
Contact: Brad Evans, Local Manager
Bartlett Tree Experts, the world's leading scientific tree and shrub care company, offers a variety of services to assist residential and commercial customers maintain beautiful, healthy trees and shrubs. Bartlett's local arborists are experts in diagnosing and treating problems to help protect your plants and your landscape investments. For more information about Bartlett's services follow this link: http://www.bartlett.com/index.cfm