Submitted by Teddi Stark, Juniata County Conservation District Resource Conservation Technician
Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding plants a tree along Little Lost Creek at Lost Creek Community Park in McAlisterville, PA during an Arbor Day planting event hosted by the Juniata County Conservation District and Juniata Watershed Alliance. Photo provided by Juniata County Conservation District.
On April 29th, Juniata County Conservation District and the Juniata Watershed Alliance hosted a tree planting event at Lost Creek Community Park in McAlisterville. Forty trees and shrubs were planted throughout the park and on the banks of Little Lost Creek, which runs through the park property. The 40 trees planted this year were replacements for a planting done last year by the conservation district at the park via a sub-award from The Nature Conservancy, when over 400 trees and shrubs were planted at the park to replace dying ash trees and establish a streamside buffer along Little Lost Creek.
This Arbor Day, Juniata Watershed Alliance volunteers, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ foresters, local Chesapeake Bay Foundation staff, and Juniata County Conservation District employees and directors were joined by PA Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Deputy Secretary Hannah Smith-Brubaker, and Press Secretary Brandi Hunter-Davenport. The replacement trees and shrubs were planted within a couple of hours with everyone’s help. Before the event kicked off, Secretary Redding took a moment to thank everyone for the hard work they are doing to help restore the Lost Creek watershed.
Juniata County Conservation District is currently working on several restoration efforts in the Lost Creek Watershed. A buffer workshop for small landowners will be held this fall thanks to a PACD mini-grant, and a large restoration project will take place over the next few years at the Lost Creek Golf Course, which was funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Chesapeake Bay Small Watersheds Grant. This Arbor Day tree planting will help restore a public section of Little Lost Creek and raise community awareness about the benefits of riparian buffers and other best management practices.