Have an exciting project that is seeking funding in your watershed? The TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant Program. Completed applications are due September 19th, 2014.
The following is an excerpt from the grant announcement: 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: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, 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.
A recent project utilizing TreeVitalize funding was the Abington School District East Baeder Creek Riparian Buffer project:
Abington School District students, staff members, and representatives from community groups celebrate implementation of the riparian buffer at Abington Junior High School
Abington School District students and staff, community residents, and watershed stewards celebrated awards and recognition received for the newly blooming riparian buffer planted at this critical headwater of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Creek adjacent to Abington Junior High School. Accolades include National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat® certification, the National Audubon Society Bird Habitat Recognition, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Community Greening Award.
Rainwater carries chemicals, trash, and other materials over land and into storm drains and creeks, adversely impacting waterways, plants, and wildlife. Riparian buffers help absorb and filter rainwater before it reaches these creeks. This buffer is improving the health of the creek and providing a permanent outdoor classroom. It has already provided opportunities for students, as well as neighbors to learn how the creek impacts the health of this 30 square mile watershed and the Delaware River, one of the sources of drinking water for Philadelphia. Planted in two phases in the fall of 2012 and 2013 with over 200 volunteers from across the watershed, this buffer along the headwaters of East Baeder Creek on the playing fields at Abington Junior High School, is home to over 500 native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.
This project was led by the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. in collaboration with school clubs, the Abington Environmental Advisory Council, and Briar Bush Nature Center. This project was funded through a Treevitalize Watershed grant made possible by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) through funding from the Department of Environmental Protection and Aqua Pennsylvania and an anonymous donor.
– From the Abington School District Website
Apply for your project today! Click here for the grant announcement and visit the TreeVitalize website for more information.