Pennsylvania DCNR Lecture to Focus on Restoring Trees in Cities and Towns
07 Apr, 2011, 10:24 ET
'Wood on Glass' Photo Exhibit on Display at State Museum through May 1
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Restoring trees to Pennsylvania's cities and towns will be the focus of a lecture at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at The State Museum in Harrisburg.
The lecture, "TreeVitalize: Restoring Tree Cover in Pennsylvania Communities," will be presented by Ellen Roane, urban forestry coordinator for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, or DCNR. This is the final lecture in a three-part series associated with the museum's special exhibit, "Wood on Glass: The Lumber Industry Photographs of William T. Clarke."
"Trees in our metropolitan and suburban areas are being lost at an alarming rate," DCNR Bureau of Forestry Director Dan Devlin said. "The topic of this lecture, TreeVitalize, is an effort to plant one million trees in our metropolitan areas to help restore the canopy and to help us realize the values we get from trees, including their role in cleaning the air and water and in controlling storm water."
Launched in 2004 in southeastern Pennsylvania, TreeVitalize has spread to the state's 14 metropolitan areas and has resulted in the planting of almost 250,000 trees. Roane also will discuss how individuals can get involved with tree planting and care in their communities. Visit www.treevitalize.net for more information.
Roane has a master's degree in forest resources from Penn State University and has been a forester with DCNR's Bureau of Forestry for 21 years. She helped launch the Forest Stewardship Program, which provides assistance to private forest landowners. She also worked as an assistant district forester in Weiser Forest District for seven years. Since 2006, she has coordinated the urban forestry program and helped expand TreeVitalize into a statewide program.
"Wood on Glass" is on display at The State Museum through May 1 and consists of about 30 stunning photographs by little-known and long forgotten photographer William T. Clarke (1859-1930). Clarke was a Rochester, New York native who chronicled the lumber industry and its dramatic impact on northcentral Pennsylvania during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
"The Wood on Glass exhibit is a special glimpse back in time to an industrial era when Pennsylvania's woodlands resources were key," said David Dunn, director of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. "The lecture series by DCNR has added great insight into that era and has brought the story to the current day."
For more information about The State Museum, go to www.statemuseumpa.org.
Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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