Lock Haven University students from Dr. James Bean’s interpersonal and leadership skills classes, and their friends, recently helped plant 5,000 trees in Sproul Forest above Renovo.
The planting took place on April 28 — the day after Arbor Day — as a part of the annual “Penn Releaf Tree Planting.” Butch Davey, retired forester, was their mentor and they were accompanied by Dr. Ed Bowman and Dr. Ruben Berrios.
In addition to LHU students, the planting was aided by volunteers from Harrisburg’s PENN RELEAF club under the direction of their founder, Norm Lacasse. The trees were white pine and were provided by the Bureau of Forestry (DCNR) and Penn Nursery. Their DCNR instructor, Doug D’Amore, taught the LHU planters how best to plant the conifers, but also about reforestation.
In more than 10 years of planting trees in Sproul Forest, LHU students have helped plant more than 50,000 trees to help replenish areas where trees were killed by storms, fires, and disease.
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