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: PHS (for Philadelphia projects), 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 (in Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery county) 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 and grant application materials, as listed under 'Resources' on the right of this page.
|Bucks County Conservation District
Chester County Conservation District
Delaware County Conservation District
|Montgomery County Conservation District
Bob Adams, PHS
All grantees need to graduate from a PHS Tree Tenders® training or document equivalent education on proper tree selection, planting and establishment.
About PHS Tree Tenders®
In support of TreeVitalize and in partnership with Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society offers comprehensive hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. For more information, contact Barley Van Clief, Regional Tree Tenders Program Manager, at 215-988-8793 or email@example.com. Information about Tree Tenders training opportunities can be found here.