With partners at the local, state, and federal levels, PEC’s reforestation program works to restore forests on legacy coal mines across the Commonwealth.

March 20, 2017

This Earth Day, Get Your Hands Dirty

Join PEC, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful as we celebrate Earth Day weekend with a pair of tree-planting events in Eastern Pennsylvania:

Two days, 11 thousand seedlings, dozens of shovels, and 15 acres of state forest... The only thing missing is you!

Two days, 11 thousand seedlings, dozens of shovels, and 15 acres of state forest. The only thing missing is you!

  • On April 21st and April 22nd volunteers will plant 7,480 seedlings — including White Birch, Quaking Aspen and Chestnut Oak — across 10 acres of reclaimed mine lands in Pinchot State Forest. Volunteers will gather at 9:00 at the intersection of Strip Mine Road and Avondale Hill Road in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County. Planting will continue until 2:00 p.m. both days.
  • Another 3,559 Aspen Shrub Oak, Pitch Pine and Table Mountain Pine seedlings have been designated for planting in the Weiser State Forest on April 22nd. Registration for this one-day activity begins at 8:30am at the Weiser Forestry District Building (16 Weiser Ave. Aristes, Columbia County).  After registration volunteers will be bussed to the Weiser State Forest for planting.


screen-shot-2017-03-20-at-2-39-39-pmDCNR has already done the hard work of ripping the soil using heavy equipment in preparation for planting. This will make volunteers’ work much easier — and will also increase water infiltration and tree root expansion. However, due to the rocky, hilly terrain, please note that boots or sturdy shoes are required. We’ll take care of the rest: food, supplies, and portable toilets will be provided, and seasoned Foresters will be onsite to instruct volunteers.

To ensure that we have enough supplies food and drinks for all volunteers attending please register online prior to the event:

  • Register here for the Pinchot State Forest tree-planting on April 21-22.
  • Register here for the Weiser State Forest tree-planting on April 22.
May 11, 2016

DCNR Resource: Tree Planting in Weiser State Forest Underscores Pa.’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Efforts

Volunteers, including Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) staff and DCNR Bureau of Forestry personnel kicked off a large tree-planting operation throughout Weiser State Forest on April 30. More than a dozen people planted around 1,500 seedlings on the day, with 4,000 seedlings being planted before the project has been completed.

“It was really a fulfilling day,” said PEC Executive Vice President Patrick Starr. “Not only did we plant trees together, we enjoyed working together to solve one of Pennsylvania’s most intractable pollution problems. I was so gratified that more than a dozen volunteers pitched in for the cause—even our bus driver decided to plant trees!”

A four-acre segment of the state forest in Columbia County that’s been affected by the remnants of mining activity was targeted by the volunteers in an effort to improve the area’s water quality and restore lost forest habitat. Pennsylvania has more miles of streams affected by mine land drainage than any other state, with more than 15,000 degraded acres needing to be reforested…

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