PHS has teamed up with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to plant 3,400 trees in the City of Chester and Millbourne Borough in Delaware County, Norristown in Montgomery County, and New Hope Borough and Warminster Township in Bucks County. The trees were purchased with a grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest), an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that provides funding for drinking water programs, storm water management, brownfield assessments, and more.
The planting areas include street corridors, parks, schools, municipal halls, and libraries. In addition to providing shade and energy savings, improving air quality, and revitalizing neighborhoods, the trees will also manage storm water runoff and reduce sewer overflows, protect stream banks, and improve water quality.
Tree-planting ceremonies were held in each community, with local and county officials on hand to promote and support the project. PHS President Drew Becher commented that “PHS is very grateful to PennVest for the generous funding of these plantings and to DVRPC for their partnership in improving the environmental and economic well-being of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trees that are being planted in these five communities are part of a unique multistate campaign, Plant One Million, which will include a wide variety of programs, events, and mass plantings.”