The Lancaster Tree Tenders are excited to share our newly launched website. Our goal is to increase and enhance Lancaster’s urban forest by engaging and empowering neighborhoods to plant and care for trees. A collaborative effort, Lancaster Tree Tenders is an initiative of the Lancaster Conservancy Urban Greening program, with partners including Lancaster City Alliance and the City of Lancaster.
Please visit our new site to learn about trees and register for our newsletter so you can keep up on upcoming events, plantings, and volunteer days.
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AREA-WIDE DISCONNECTION STUDY
Lancaster, August 17 – The City of Lancaster, in partnership with Manheim Township, has hired C.S.Davdison, Inc. to prepare a study to assess the feasibility of area-wide disconnection of public stormwater facilities from public sanitary sewer facilities in and around the area known as Grandview Heights. The study area includes portions of Manheim Township, Lancaster City, and Amtrak right-of way, highlighted in pink, yellow, and green, respectively, in Figure 1 below. To view PDF’s click here
Homeowners Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance Booklet – BCW has been working with Penn State to finalize a Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Maintenance Booklet funded by an EPA Chesapeake Bay Grant. This booklet aims to provide homeowners … Continue reading →
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.
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.
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.
Douglas Smith, the city’s sustainability coordinator and Philip Johnson a city geographic information systems staffer
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.