Plant a Tree at Flight 93 scheduled for late April
This year’s Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is scheduled to take place April 26-27 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township.
The annual event is part of a massive reforestation effort that will see approximately 13,600 seedlings and native shrubs planted over 20 acres, according to the Friends of Flight 93. The goal is to plant 150,000 seedlings. To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 116,318 native tree seedlings over 167 acres. The Friends expect the project to be completed over the next two to three years.
In addition to the tree planting, the reforestation area will be seeded with a native pollinator seed mix to increase the diversity of native plants and improve the wildlife habitat. This year’s event will also feature the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, a mobile classroom that uses interactive activities and displays to promote the responsible use of forest resources and an understanding of the forest industry.
“The WoodMobile helps showcase the importance of reforestation mining landscapes, and how integral trees are as a part of the original architect’s design for Flight 93 National Memorial,” the organization said in a press release.
No planting expertise is needed; however, no walk-on volunteers will be accepted. Those interested must preregister online at http://flight93friends.org. Registration opens March 27 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must wear boots and be at least 14 to participate in this rain-or-shine event. No water bottles will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles to the memorial, which is a trash-free site. Tools and seedlings will be provided.