Dozens of volunteers – some traveling from as far as Virginia – planted thousands of seedling trees in Bennett Branch Forest in Elk County. They worked on a project that ultimately resulted in the planting of more than 20,000 trees on 30 acres of a reclaimed surface mine site. The American Chestnut Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, Green Forests Work, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and other partners worked together on the event, which wrapped up on Saturday, May 11. The partners, workers and volunteers planted blight-resistant chestnuts and native hardwoods.
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