Since 2005, TreeVitalize Watersheds, led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in the five-county southeastern PA region, has focused on tree planting along stream corridors, adjacent upland areas, headwaters, and “naturalized” stormwater basins. Through this program, dozens of such watershed restoration projects are conducted throughout the region every year, resulting in thousands of trees planted in those sensitive water protection zones. The program receives funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and corporate sponsor Aqua PA, as well as substantial in-kind contributions from various partners.
TreeVitalize Watersheds depends on collaboration with six organizations that funnel, guide, and help implement watershed restoration projects in their service areas: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Conservation District offices in each of the four surrounding SEPA counties, and the Stroud Water Research Center in Chester County. These six organizations provide technical assistance to a variety of smaller organizations and local watershed groups in their areas.
How to apply:
Contact your County Conservation District watershed specialist or, within Philadelphia, the Parks & Recreation Department. (Contact information included below.) This contact will guide you through the steps involved in planning a riparian restoration or related project, including plant material selection, site preparation, landowner agreements, matching funds, and other required documents including 1) Project Bid Sheet 2) an Operation, Maintenance and Repair Plan, 3) a Site Location map 4) A letter stating a brief description of the project 5) a Land Owner Agreement form or letter submittal of the necessary grant application materials.
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