FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2008
WHAT: Dansko Co. employees, directed by Eagle Scout candidate Nick Parrotta, will join the Stroud Water Research Center in planting 500 trees on the White Clay Creek, as part of an on-going scientific research project and a TreeVitalize program to restore trees to Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Friday, April 18, 2008
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Stroud Water Research Center
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311
Avondale, Pa. – On Thursday, April 18th, 2008, the Stroud Water Research Center, with the help of Eagle Scout candidate Nick Parrotta of Atglen, Pennsylvania’s Boy Scout Troop 20, and local Dansko Co. employees, will plant 500 trees on the White Clay Creek. The tree planting is part of an on-going research project to understand how to maximize the survivorship and growth of small seedlings used to reforest the riparian areas of local streams to improve water quality. Funded by the state’s Growing Greener program, this event is part of an overall effort to plant hundreds of acres of forested riparian buffer in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
“Every tree we plant helps to restore and protect the watershed that serves the community in which we work and live,” said Bern Sweeney, Executive Director of the Stroud Water Research Center. “Involving children and adults in this activity is a great way to underscore how simple and fun steps like this can make a positive difference that affects the quality of the water we all drink.”
In addition to protecting the local watershed, the new riparian buffer will serve several other purposes. Stroud Water Research Center scientists will use these trees to test the efficacy of new types of tree shelters and several different types of fenced exclosures, designed to protect the seedlings from predation by deer and competition by invasive plants.