Bucks Beautiful’s newest initiative RePlant Bucks, was started as a direct result of the accumulated effects of over a decade of disease and invasive insects on the tree canopy in Bucks County. As this has been devastating to witness, through RePlant Bucks we are committed to lead the way in facilitating the reforestation of our local communities and working with other local organizations to restore the tree population in Bucks County.
In 2014 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reported that ash forests in Pennsylvania had been reduced by 12%. Andrew Liebhold, a research entomologist with the United States Forest Service said, “Ninety-nine percent of the ashes in North America are probably going to die.” And, it can take as little as two years for the ash borer to kill a tree. This loss of Ash trees has been most dramatic in our public parks, where ash is a major species.
The goal of RePlant Bucks for 2018 is the planting of 10,000 trees throughout Bucks County at locations hard hit by the devastation of the emerald ash borer, beginning a replacement program for the ash trees that have been killed by the emerald ash borer. Thousands of ash trees have been cut down to minimize the dangerous conditions of falling limbs on the adjacent roadways, walking paths and picnic areas. The reforestation of these areas will ultimately consist of oaks, tulips, poplars, evergreens, sugar maples, shagbark hickories, chestnuts and red maples. These trees, planted as “whips,” which are two to three-year-old trees without branches, must be planted before April 15 while they are still dormant. These young trees will be planted in groves by local nurseries participating in the initiative.
If you would like to learn more about this important project, please view the links below at: In the News – Our Tree Canopy.
If you are a local landscape firm interested in this community project, please contact us.
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We’d love to have you be a part of RePlant Bucks!
Invasive Insects Affecting our Trees
Photo – Spotted Lanternfly Adults – source: PSU
The Spotted Lanternfly is a potential threat to several important crops including grapes, peaches and timber trees. Many sites within the infested area have high populations of spotted lanternflies. Every landowner who effectively uses control measures will help to reduce the potential for this insect to spread to new territory. As of August 22, 2016 confirmed populations of the spotted lanternfly are known to exist in numerous locations in PA, including Milford Township and Trumbauersville Borough in Bucks County.
The Emerald Ash Borer has killed more than 40 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, New Jersey, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Nebraska, and Delaware. In June 2007 the first confirmed detection in PA was in Cranberry Township in Butler County and Marshall Township in Allegheny County. It has now been detected in 62 counties in PA.