Bethlehem Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017
PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONPPL Electric Utilities launched its Community Roots tree giveaway program Sept. 13 with a tree planting event at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus. ABOVE: Patrick Renshaw, environmental project manager for PPL Electric Utilities, prepares a hole for a tree in the urban forest section of the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary within the Wildlands PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONPPL Electric Utilities launched its Community Roots tree giveaway program Sept. 13 with a tree planting event at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus. ABOVE: Patrick Renshaw, environmental project manager for PPL Electric Utilities, prepares a hole for a tree in the urban forest section of the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary within the Wildlands
Trees wait to be planted at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus. The trees are native to the area to encourage environmental health and include three species: the sugar maple, the serviceberry and the Eastern redbud. Trees wait to be planted at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus. The trees are native to the area to encourage environmental health and include three species: the sugar maple, the serviceberry and the Eastern redbud.
Megan Sciarrino, director of the annual fun and communications for Wildlands Conservancy, plants an Eastern redbud tree during the event Sept. 13. Megan Sciarrino, director of the annual fun and communications for Wildlands Conservancy, plants an Eastern redbud tree during the event Sept. 13.
Chris Kocher, president of the Wildlands Conservancy, addresses staff, volunteers and the media at the launch of the Community Roots tree giveaway program Sept. 13. Chris Kocher, president of the Wildlands Conservancy, addresses staff, volunteers and the media at the launch of the Community Roots tree giveaway program Sept. 13.
Patrick Renshaw, environmental project manager for PPL Electric Utilities, addresses the media and others at the Community Roots tree giveaway kickoff event held Sept. 13 at the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus. Patrick Renshaw, environmental project manager for PPL Electric Utilities, addresses the media and others at the Community Roots tree giveaway kickoff event held Sept. 13 at the Wildlands Conservancy, Emmaus.
Representatives from PPL Electric Utilities, and staff members and volunteers at the Wildlands Conservancy plant trees to mark the launch of the power company’s Community Roots tree giveaway program. Tress will be available to county and municipal governments, elementary schools and environmental groups through the program. Orders can be placed through the website www.pplcommunityroots,com. Representatives from PPL Electric Utilities, and staff members and volunteers at the Wildlands Conservancy plant trees to mark the launch of the power company’s Community Roots tree giveaway program. Tress will be available to county and municipal governments, elementary schools and environmental groups through the program. Orders can be placed through the website www.pplcommunityroots,com.

PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by APRIL PETERSON apeterson@tnonline.com in Local News

Power company gives away trees in new program

PPL Electric Utilities is giving away trees.

The utility company is donating trees to local and municipal governments, schools and organizations with an environmental focus through its new Community Roots program.

On Sept. 13 representatives from the company along with staff members of the Wildlands Conservancy planted trees at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, one of the Wildlands Conservancy sites, to open the program.

Chris Kocher, president of the Wildlands Conservancy, described the program as an effort to “create the next generation of environmental stewards” in a brief interview at the site.

The program donated 150 trees to the Wildlands Conservancy. More than three dozen of the trees were planted Sept. 13 in the urban/suburban forest section of the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary and along the sensory trail there. The trail provides a safe place for those who are blind or otherwise visually impaired to experience nature. The trail includes interactive stations written in large print and braille.

Three native tree species are offered through the program; sugar maple, serviceberry and Eastern redbud. The program will accept orders for spring 2018 and fall 2018 planting through the website www.pplcommunityroots.com.

Patrick Renshaw, environmental project manager for PPL Electric Utilities, described the program as a way to “help beautify the community.”

The program is open to communities, schools and organizations within the PPL service territory.

Trees will be available as seedlings in bare root, gallon container and ball root formats.

Elementary schools are encouraged to apply to the program as are county and local municipalities.

PPL Electric Utilities is working with several nurseries in central and eastern Pennsylvania to supply the trees, according to Joe Nixon, strategic communications manager for the utility company. Quantities of the trees are limited.