DCNR grant will allow for tree planting to protect Plum Creek and other local waterfronts

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that the Allegheny County Conservation District has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The grant has been given under the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program, which will provide for the planting of up to 25,000 trees alongside a number of Pennsylvania streams.

Plum Creek is one of five Allegheny County watersheds that will benefit from the grant to the Conservation District. The other county streams are Montour Run, Peters Creek, Turtle Creek and Streets Run.

"Planting trees along the creek banks offers a lot of local benefits," DeLuca said. "The tree roots will provide protection from erosion and control runoff, helping to control flooding, and the shade will cool the water, which is good for trout."

The grant is for a five-year program and the goal is to plant each watershed with 2 acres of trees.

Plum Creek tree planting is expected to begin later this year.