Planting Location: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a heavy regional focus on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Riparian, suburban, and mine land properties. Our priority focus region is the bottom 8 counties of PA: Franklin, Adams, Lebanon, Lancaster, Centre, Cumberland, Bedford and York counties.
Project Description/Objective: This project addresses agricultural, forestry, and stormwater goals within the PA Chesapeake Bay PA WIP3 and would help make progress toward the PA WIP3 goal of 83,000 acres of buffers within the Susquehanna and Potomac watersheds. While many projects are directed to farmland, it may not exclusively be agricultural lands depending on the priorities and demand within the counties. Priority counties mentioned below, while each unique, have a significant agricultural production presence. Depending what commodity selected, these counties account for more than half of agricultural production in PA. Crop yields and livestock units combine to increase nutrient loading. Seven of the eight counties are in southern Pennsylvania with a high nutrient and sediment delivery load to the Chesapeake Bay.
Ecological Benefits: Adding 10 million native trees to the Pennsylvania landscape will improve the Bay’s water quality by stabilizing stream and river banks, filtering water flow from agricultural, urban, and abandoned mine land environments. Unprecedented resources* and streamlined access to diverse species of high-quality trees and supplies to encourage healthy forest buffer implementation. Our goal is more than just planting trees. Our proposal insists on services and products that favor thriving forest buffers that result in significant nutrient and sediment reductions for years. We believe the quality offered within this proposal will encourage others to offer similar practices netting accelerated buffer implementation throughout PA.
Community Benefits: Adding 10 million native trees to the Pennsylvania landscape will boost the economy through trees’ ability to reduce public health costs, crime, and engaging local industry such as nurseries, garden centers and like-minded industries. The Partnership contracts annually with growers in the mid-Atlantic to purchase trees and supplies in advance of production, generally 16-24 months prior to delivery. Contracts include a specified price, quantity, species list, quantity, delivery date, and include preferences for local contractors, job creation, and socially and ecologically beneficial production practices. Forward contracting addresses a shortage and diversity of trees available for purchase in the region by increasing the predictability of the market for suppliers. Forward contracts have an extensive track record in stabilizing supply, price, and quality in the agricultural and energy markets. The partnership’s forward contract request for proposals give preference to growers in Pennsylvania in order to support economic and workforce development in the region. Communities benefit through workforce development, economic resilience, and ecological benefits.
Types of Trees:American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), Alder, Am. plum, American Beech (Fagus grandifolia), American Crabapple (Malus coronaria), American Crabapple (Malus coronaria), American Elm (Ulmus Americana), American Hazelnut (Corylus Americana), American Plum (Prunus Americana), Arrowwood (Vibernum Dentatum), Balsam Fir (Abies Balsamea), Basswood (Tilia Americana), Bigtooth Aspen (Populus Grandidentata), Bitternut Hickory (Carya Cordiformis), Black Cherry (Prunus Serotina), Black Chokeberry (Aronia Melanocarpa), Black Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra), Black Gum (Nyssa Sylvatica), Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia), Black Oak (Quercus Velutina), Black Walnut (Juglans Nigra), Black Willow (Salix Nigra), Blackhaw Viburnum (Viburnum Prunifolium), Box elder, Buttonbush (Cephalanthus Occidentalis), Chestnut Oak (Quercus Prinus), Easter Red Cedar (Juniperus Virginiana), Eastern (Canadian) Hemlock (Tsuga Canadensis), Eastern Redbud (Cercis Canadensis), Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus), Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus Florida), Grey Birch (Betula Populifolia), Grey Dogwood (Cornus Racemosa) or 1600?, Hackberry (Celtis Occidentalis), Hawthorn (Crataegus Phaenopyrum), Hazel nut, Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium Corymbosum), Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum), Honey Locust (Gleditsia Triancanthos), Hop-Hornbeam (Ostrya Virginiana), Inkberry Holly (Ilex Glabra), Mapleleaf Viburnum (Viburnum Acerifolium), Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago), Ninebark (Physocarpus Opulifolius), Paw Paw (Asiminia Triloba), Persimmon (Diosptros Virginiana), Pin Oak (Quercus Palustris), Pussy Willow (Salix Discolor), Quaking Aspen (Populus Tremuloides), Raspberry (Rubus Occidentalis), Red Chokeberry (Aronia Arbutifolia), Red Maple (Acer Rubrum), Red Mulberry (Morus Rubera), Red Oak (Quercus Rubra), Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus Stolonifera), River Birch (Betula Nigra), Sandbar Willow (Salix Exigua), Sassafras (Sassafras Albidum), Scarlet Oak (Quercus Coccinea), Serviceberry (Amelanchier Canadensis), Shagbark Hickory (Carya Ovata), Silky Dogwood (Cornus Amomum), Silky Willow (Salix Sericea), Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum), Speckled Alder (Alnus Rugosa), Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin), Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum), Swamp White Oak (Quercus Bicolor), Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia Virginiana), Sweet Gum (Liquidambar Styraciflua), Sycamore (Platanus Occidentalis), Tulip Polar (Liriodendron
Number of Trees Donated by Noble Oak: 20,000