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A study in betterment, personal and planetary

On April 23, 16 Pennsylvania College of Technology physical therapist assistant students – joined by Victoria Hurwitz, program director – partnered with Trailing Pines Tree Farm to plant 170 tree seedlings for conservation. The farm is a partner of the Keystone Ten Million Tree Partnership/Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The physical therapist assistant program has helped to plant seedlings for the past three years on the farm, owned by Paul Huffman.

With shovels showing the signs of their work, the group gathers at Trailing Pines Tree Farm. Back row (from left): Emily Y. Smith and Gracie Hillegas, both of Fredericksburg; Selena A. Martinez, of Williamsport; Karley A. Steinbacher, of Montoursville; Nathan M. Wolf, of Dover; Kayleean A. Finan, of Watsontown; Kelsey L. Waring, of Montoursville; Lauren Bennett, of Bloomsburg; Matt C. Kinzinger, of Honesdale; Zachary T. Bolton, of Hawley; Sydney A. Bruno, of Williamsport; and Paul Huffman, owner of Trailing Pines Tree Farm (and a 1987 graduate of the college). Front row (from left): Nathan R. Hoyer, of Elizabethtown; Ari Hurwitz; Sarah Dietrich, of New Cumberland; Jennamarie Jones, of Mifflinburg; Ziva Hurwitz; Cassie J. Keister, of Mifflinburg; and Rose V. Gatchell, of Manchester.
With shovels showing the signs of their work, the group gathers at Trailing Pines Tree Farm. Back row (from left): Emily Y. Smith and Gracie Hillegas, both of Fredericksburg; Selena A. Martinez, of Williamsport; Karley A. Steinbacher, of Montoursville; Nathan M. Wolf, of Dover; Kayleean A. Finan, of Watsontown; Kelsey L. Waring, of Montoursville; Lauren Bennett, of Bloomsburg; Matt C. Kinzinger, of Honesdale; Zachary T. Bolton, of Hawley; Sydney A. Bruno, of Williamsport; and Paul Huffman, owner of Trailing Pines Tree Farm (and a 1987 graduate of the college). Front row (from left): Nathan R. Hoyer, of Elizabethtown; Ari Hurwitz; Sarah Dietrich, of New Cumberland; Jennamarie Jones, of Mifflinburg; Ziva Hurwitz; Cassie J. Keister, of Mifflinburg; and Rose V. Gatchell, of Manchester.

“These students give their volunteer time for conservation, air and water environmental concerns,” Huffman said. “The students are exceptional young leaders of tomorrow that are very concerned about our world and our environment. The college provides a rewarding education to the students and also shows devotion and concern for our world and our environment.”

Huffman is a Penn College alumnus, graduating in 1987 from what was then Williamsport Area Community College.

Trailing Pines Tree Farm is in Lewis Township, upper Northumberland County, in the Warrior Run watershed. The conservation-based farm is dedicated to wildlife management and improving water and air quality through reforestation and other agricultural practices.

According to the Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership, trees clean our water, reduce erosion, increase property values, bolster our economy and stabilize our environment.

Spring and fall plantings are done every year to reach the goal of 10 million trees. As of November 2021, nearly 4 million trees have been planted since 2018. The number will be updated on the partnership’s website in May, following the spring planting season.

– Photos by Victoria Hurwitz

 

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