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Have a question about Plant One Million? Scan the frequently asked questions below and read the corresponding answers. Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Send an email p1m@pennhort.org.

> What is Plant One Million?

Plant One Million is a regional partnership led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to plant one million trees throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The initiative will educate and mobilize volunteers throughout the region to “plant, count and tend” trees. The goal is to restore the “tree canopy cover”—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater Philadelphia Region to 30 percent.

> What areas does Plant One Million encompass?

Plant One Million encompasses Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem counties in New Jersey; and New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties in Delaware.

> What trees are counted toward the Plant One Million goal?

Any tree planted after January 01, 2011 in the 13 counties listed above qualify as Plant One Million trees.

> How do I add my recently planted trees to the Plant One Million count?

Make your tree count by visiting the Plant One Million homepage and clicking on the ‘count’ tab at the top of the page. You will be directed to an online form where you can fill out information about the number, type, and location of your tree(s). Click ‘submit’ and your tree will be included in the official Plant One Million tally.

> How can I get involved with Plant One Million?

Help us reach our goal of planting one million trees. Here are some suggestions for how you as an individual can contribute to the campaign:

  • Plant a tree on your property and have it count toward Plant One Million
  • Volunteer at a tree planting near you
  • Sign up for PHS Tree Tenders training or find a Tree Tenders group in your neighborhood
  • Donate to the Plant One Million campaign

> How can my organization get involved with Plant One Million?

We would be delighted to have your community group or business become involved with Plant One Million. PHS can match your group with a planned tree-planting or develop a customized event for your organization to sponsor. Call the PHS Business Development Office at 215-988-8800 or email sponsorship@pennhort.org.

> How do I volunteer to help with a tree-planting project?

Planting one million trees is no easy task, but anything is possible with the help of volunteers. Check out these interactive maps to find planting events in your area or peruse the calendar of workdays. You can also fill out the volunteer registration form to stay connected to PHS.

> How can I get a tree for my property?

There are several options for planting trees in your yard:

Residents of Philadelphia should enroll in PHS’s Tree Tenders training class. Not only will you learn how to plant trees, but you will discover how to organize tree plantings to benefit your community. Click here for dates of upcoming sessions.

It is likely that a Tree Tenders group is active in your neighborhood. To learn more and get involved, view the interactive map.

Once synched up with other tree stewards, you may be eligible to apply for the TreeVitalize Tree Planting Program. This Philadelphia-focused initiative supports neighborhood volunteers by supplying trees and services. Twice a year organizations and groups that are willing and able to plant at least 10 trees are invited to apply.

Residents of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties should enroll in PHS’s Tree Tenders training class. Not only will you learn how to plant trees, but you will discover how to organize tree plantings to benefit your community. Click here for dates of upcoming sessions.

It is likely that a Tree Tenders group is active in your neighborhood. To learn more and get involved, view the interactive map.

Once you become part of a tree planting group, you can jointly apply for the TreeVitalize Municipalities subsidized bare-root tree offer. This program involves a co-pay that ranges from about $35-50 per tree (which includes the cost of two stakes and two ties). For more information, email bvanclief@pennhort.org.

> Does Plant One Million help with tree plantings along streams and other natural areas?

Since 2005, TreeVitalize Watersheds has planted trees along stream corridors, adjacent upland areas, headwaters, and “naturalized” stormwater basins in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery).

If you would like to organize a tree planting in a riparian setting and receive support (monetary or otherwise), contact the specialist in your county.

  • Bucks County Conservation District: Meghan Rogalus, 215-345-7577 x107
  • Chester County Conservation District: Chotty Sprenkle, 610-925-4920
  • Delaware County Conservation District: Brian Vadino, 610-892-9484
  • Montgomery County Conservation District: Susan Harris, 610-489-4506 x19
  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation: Sarah Low, 215-683-0214

> How can I plant a tree as a gift or memorial to someone special?

A beautiful tree is the perfect gift. Although we can’t match your gift with a specific tree, you can make a donation in honor of someone. For $100 or more, PHS will send a beautiful certificate to the recipient of the tree gift.

Click here to make a secure donation online in support of trees. Please note your intention to make a tree gift in the comments field. Plant One Million appreciates a donation of any amount to support this initiative.

> I would like to display or distribute material about Plant One Million at an upcoming event. What can you provide?

We welcome new ways to raise awareness for Plant One Million. If you would like flyers and/or buttons for your event, please contact 215-988-8800 or email p1m@pennhort.org.

> Why is tree canopy cover important and what is the region’s current tree cover percentage?

The tree canopy cover measures the area of land shaded by or covered by trees, providing an important yardstick for a healthy environment. Click here to find your region’s current tree cover percentage.

> What is a Tree Tender?

A Tree Tender is anyone who has completed the nine hours of hands-on tree care training that PHS provides throughout the year. Training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care, and working within your community. Click here to join the thousands of people who proudly identify as Tree Tenders.

> How do I select the right type of tree?

Criteria for choosing the proper species of trees include size, shape, and hardiness. Click here to read a three-part article about tree selection. Other advice can be found at PA Trees and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

> How do I learn how to plant trees?

Get involved with Tree Tenders. This nine-hour education program explains how to plant and care for trees, as well as organize tree plantings.


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