EMPORIUM – The spring tree planting season is past; however, the tree care continues on the Elk State Forest. The mountain laurel is in bloom and the Beard’s have resumed their annual volunteer tree care activities.
Charles and Aaron Beard planted Chestnut trees along Montour Run Road just like they have done for more than 17 years. The Beard’s began their volunteer work planting trees, as well as fixing the fencing and tubes since 1995.
The Beard’s buy the chestnut trees with their own money and the Bureau of Forestry supplies the fencing, ties, stakes and tree tubes. They have planted about 400 trees so far. The survival rate of the trees is about seventy five percent.
“The gas pipeline is a wonderful planting area due to the sunny open area. The green grass of the pipeline attracts wildlife and someday, wildlife will also enjoy the chestnuts from the trees,” said Jeanne Wambaugh of the Elk State Forest.
The Beard’s are from Bernville near Reading, but they have a camp in the Beaverdam area. They are a father and son volunteer planting team that has donated several hundreds, if not more than a thousand hours, to this project. The Bureau of Forestry would like to thank these volunteers and all the other volunteers who help improve the State Forest for all users.
If you would like to contact us, please call the District Office at 814-486-3353. You can visit the Bureau online at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. Also check it out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elkstateforest.