First Conservation Innovation Grant Planting

TACF Regional Science Coordinator Sara Fitzsimmons explains proper planting techniques to volunteers at the first CIG project in eastern PA.

The first planting supported by TACF’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) got underway the last week in April in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania (north of Harrisburg).  Led by TACF Forester Michael French and Regional Science Coordinator Sara Fitzsimmons, dozens of volunteers once again did the heavy lifting.  There will be 12, 30-acre plantings in 5 states during the 3-year life of the CIG.  All of the plantings will occur on previously reclaimed minelands that are currently grass or on minelands being actively reclaimed.  The trees used in planting the 30 acres include hundreds of potentially blight-resistant (B3F3) chestnuts and an assortment of quality hardwoods.  The Office of Surface Mining – Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, is a major partner in this effort.  CIG grants are administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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