Did you know that trees provide many benefits to us every day? Trees purify our air and beautify our communities. They reduce soil erosion and improve the water quality of our local streams.
In this year which marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the benefits provided by trees cannot be overstated, as trees help fight climate change. Through the natural process of photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon from the air, store it and slowly emit pure oxygen. Scientists estimate that in just one year, a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen as ten people inhale.
For the past 45 years, the York County Conservation District has hosted an annual tree seedling sale, with over 20,000 seedlings sold each year. The varieties available at this year’s sale include native tree seedlings such a pawpaw and white pine, and fruit-bearing trees including Asian pear trees and gala apple trees.
The complete order form and descriptions of all the varieties being offered this year can be found at the Conservation District website at www.yorkccd.org. Orders will be accepted now through March 23rd. To place an order, return the completed 2020 Seedling Order Form, including a check payable to YCCD or your credit card information, to York County Conservation District 2401 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 101-139 York, PA 17402. Orders will be available for pickup at Rocky Ridge County Park on Thursday, April 16th between 10AM and 6PM. Proceeds from the sale are used for the Conservation District’s education programs including the annual Envirothon county-wide school event.
Again this year, you can stop by for a free blue spruce or white pine seedling on Thursday, April 16th at Rocky Ridge Park (off Mt. Zion Road). Simply print the coupon posted on the Conservation District website and we will give you a free tree seedling to plant in your yard (one per person).
For additional information or to request that a tree seedling sale brochure be mailed to you, call the Conservation District Office at 717-840-7430.