Old Men and Redbuds

Thanks to the generous help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the chapter planted additional trees along the east bank of our streambank restoration project on Snitz Creek in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County.

As you can see from the photographs, this time we had plastic tubes and wooden stakes to protect the plantings, which were a mix of eastern redbud, river birch, and basswood. We planted about 100 new trees, and, because we had supplies, put plastic tubes and stakes on about 50 trees (primarily dogwoods and American elms) that were planted in the spring of 2020 and the fall of 2019. These trees had somehow survived in spite of a large herd of whitetail deer that frequents the stream most nights.

We extend our thanks to chapter president Russ Collins who procured the trees and equipment; to chapter treasurer Trip McGarvey who organized the tree planting; and to Jim Rauch, Joe Connor, Gary Zelinske, George Dodson, and Stephan Vegoe who all put in about four hours to get a successful riparian buffer started. From now on, the chapter’s responsibilities for this project mostly will be maintenance and keeping debris out of the stream.