The City of Lancaster and Lancaster County Conservancy in coordination with Lancaster Water Week are excited to announce the Save It Residential Grant Program. To learn more about how you can qualify please click below.
Join us for an evening of short films about the importance of trees around the world at Tellus 360 (24 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602) at 6pm on Tuesday April 4th!
Attending the screening is free but donations to the Lancaster Tree Tenders crowdfunding campaign are encouraged!
NEWS FOR RELEASE – March 20th, 2017
New Community Tree Partnership Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Plant City Trees
A new partnership has sprouted up with the goal of planting more trees in Lancaster City and engaging residents in the process. A collaborative effort, Lancaster Tree Tenders is an initiative of the Lancaster County Conservancy Urban Greening program with partners Lancaster City Alliance and the City of Lancaster. Their purpose is “To increase and enhance Lancaster’s urban forest by engaging and empowering neighborhoods to plant and care for trees”. Together, they are working to increase Lancaster City’s tree canopy cover from 28% to 40% within twenty-five years; this goal is part of the City’s Green Infrastructure Plan to help manage stormwater and create a more sustainable community.
“Have you ever planted a tree before?” asks the newly formed Lancaster Tree Tenders. And to that they respond, “We have!” In the last 18 months, the Lancaster Tree Tenders have helped plant 100 street trees and 350 saplings, identified over 500 planting locations, and mailed 1,000 letters offering free trees. In the process, they have engaged hundreds of volunteers who have received training and hands-on experience with planting trees. All of this work is being accomplished in close partnership with the City Stormwater Bureau and the City Arborist, Jim Bower.
It’s no secret that urban trees provide a multitude of benefits for people, the environment, and even businesses. Trees help reduce stormwater pollution, save on energy by reducing cooling costs, reduce air pollution, increase biodiversity, and beautify neighborhoods. The group also points to studies that have shown trees increase pedestrian traffic in shopping areas, reduce crime, and help instill a sense of community pride.
They encourage people to support their mission by donating to their crowdfunding campaign kicking off the first day of spring, March 20th. Go to www.saveitlancaster.org to find out how to donate and get involved. Another way to get involved is by coming to “A Night of Short Films” about the importance of trees around the world. Check out the event here.
They encourage other kinds of involvement too, such as sharing their information via social media, personally inviting friends to donate, joining one of their planting events, and planting a tree. Each contribution insures that more trees get planted in the City of Lancaster.
Congratulations to the City of Lancaster, PA Government and especially the Director of Public Works, Charlotte Katzenmoyer!! The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized the City with a National Environmental Achievement Award in Tampa, Florida. The City continues to be an award winning leader in the field of stormwater management.
Check out all of the city’s green infrastructure projects and initiatives here!
SaveIt! is proud to introduce the City’s Stormwater Program Manager, Ruth Hocker, who leads the City’s nationally recognized green infrastructure program.
Hocker, was recently named chair of American Society of Civil Engineers’ Municipal Water Infrastructure Council. In the position, she will oversee four committees whose research helps municipalities tackle environmental and infrastructure challenges.
Read more about what Ruth does to implement green infrastructure in Lancaster City and protect our watersheds in her feature in the Lancaster Newspaper.
The City of Lancaster has made available an online searchable database of some 9,000 trees along streets and in public parks. The database represents a huge step in our ability to manage the health and resiliency of our urban forest.
Green dots indicate individual trees. Click on one to find what species it is, its health and, if known, when it was planted. Purple and lavender squares represent existing and potential tree planting sites. Some kinks are still being worked out and more search functions will eventually be added.
To read more about how and why the new database is causing a buzz check out the article in the Lancaster Newspaper here.
Check out the searchable database here.
On Wednesday morning, F&M students, along with Lancaster County Conservancy Volunteer and Master Naturalist, Linda Ferich, helped remove invasive plant species from the riparian buffer along the Conestoga Greenway Trail.
Residents of Franklin Terrace and other community members helped plant 120 native trees along the Greenway Trail back in 2013 to create a riparian buffer that collects storm-water runoff and helps keep our Conestoga clean!
The Public Service Summer Interns with F&M’s Ware Institute for Civic Engagement were just the most recent of many volunteers that have helped create and maintain this beautiful and important installation along our precious waterway.
Work is always needed to help maintain the Franklin Terrace buffer. If you or an organization you are apart of would like to volunteer some time to this cause please contact Fritz Schroeder, Direct of Urban Greening at the Lancaster County Conservancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zero Waste Station at Celebrate Lancaster on Friday showed how we can move the city towards being waste free and empowered residents to rethink, reinvent, reduce, reuse, re-purpose and recycle trash. The station staffed by volunteers, gave instruction on what could be composted, what could be recycled, what could be re-purposed and what was trash. Through more outreach like this, the city and the SaveIt! Campaign hope to develop a network of folks who can be called on as Zero-Waste Helpers throughout the city.
Mulberry’s transformation into a completely green street is underway! Mulberry will become a two-way street (instead of a one-way), with bike lanes, permeable pavement, vegetated curb extensions / rain gardens, newly planted trees and much more.
Last week F&M interns with the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement learned about the green infrastructure installations in the city and the Save It! campaign from the city’s Department of Public Works and Solid Waste and Recycling Bureau. They spent the morning cleaning up trash in the installations and on the streets near E. Mifflin St. in the Southeast part of Lancaster City and then got to see the GI systems working in action once a big storm hit!