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Scouts honor promise at Arbor Day tree-planting

On May 1, 80 Girl Scouts and community members helped to plant 400 trees and shrubs of 12 species on the grounds of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood. The event was part of the college’s Arbor Day celebration and the Girl Scouts’ Tree Promise.

For Earth Day 2022, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is planting 2,022 trees. It is part of Girl Scouts USA’s mission to plant, protect or honor 5 million trees by 2026.

In addition to learning about the importance of the trees they were planting, children visited the Pennsylvania WoodMobile, took part in hands-on education stations staffed by students and faculty, received gardening gloves from Penn College and swag from the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, and earned the GSUSA Tree Promise and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Clean Water Grows on Trees patches.

The event was spearheaded by Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture. Also lending a hand were Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry; Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of diesel technology and natural resources; the men’s and women’s tennis teams (with head coach Jessica L. Bower); and landscape/plant production technology students Erin S. Carey, of Lewisburg; Faith E. Mitchell, of Sunbury; Grant Walters, of Dover; and Sophia G. Wiest, of Butler. Walters is also pursuing a degree in forest technology. Wiest is pursuing an additional degree in entrepreneurial innovation.

Penn College holds the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective campus forest management and for engaging students in conservation goals.

The group planted redbud, tulip poplar, black oak, scarlet oak, pin oak, sugar maple, silver maple, blackgum, basswood and swamp white oak trees, as well as red chokeberry, inkberry and silky dogwood shrubs.

– Photos by Jennifer A. Cline, writer/magazine editor





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