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Planting trees to help soil, water, wildlife

Trees and shrubs have benefits for soil, water, and wildlife.

Those interested in exploring those benefits are encouraged to attend the Streams, Trees, You, and Me presentations from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29, at the Brian Christman property — about one-half mile up Barton Run from Route 6 in Pittsfield.

Christman and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Service Forester Taylor Chamberlin “will discuss how these multifunctional plantings are beneficial to the health of soil and water resources, as well as creating and enhancing wildlife habitat,” according to a release from Warren County Conservation District Watershed Specialist Jean Gomory. “Taylor will explain how to develop a successful tree planting plan and the importance of maintenance as the seedlings are becoming established to the site. Brian will also discuss what other management practices he implemented on his property and why they work for him and his goals as a landowner.”

Gomory will talk about non-point source pollution and explain the effects of tree plantings on that pollution.

Those in attendance will be encouraged to take part in a macroinvertebrate study – looking for bugs in the stream — with Gary Kell and Gary Finger of the Cornplanter Chapter of Trout Unlimited. They will discuss the macroinvertebrates found in the stream, talk about how to identify macroinvertebrates, and how they are indicators of the health of the waterway.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by calling (814) 726-1441 by Friday, April 21.

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