More than 500 trees now stand outside the Carlisle Wastewater Treatment Plant in Middlesex Township, thanks to the borough’s Treelay event on October 29.
The Borough of Carlisle has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Alliance to participate in the event, which involves several back-to-back tree plantings scheduled at various locations over a 24-hour period. The alliance is dedicated to preserving the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake Bay through collaboration, partnerships and community efforts.
Sara Crawshaw, borough environmental lab supervisor, said this year was Carlisle’s first time participating in the Treelay event.
“Events like this help us protect our immediate watershed which impacts our local community,” she said. “By creating a better environmental buffer for Conodoguinet Creek, the quality of water that is sucked in by downstream water treatment facilities is cleaner. It also lets members of our community know that there are opportunities they can participate in to make the world a better place.”
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Fifty volunteers – a mix of borough staff, residents and students – came to the event and planted 530 trees.
Crawshaw described the turnout as “fantastic” and said the Carlisle site saw the most volunteers in the tri-county area, which also includes Lancaster and Adams counties.
“My favorite part was meeting the different groups of volunteers,” she said. “Some people were here as residents wanting to be more involved in their community, some were people working in the environmental industry and some were university students who just wanted to participate in local outdoor activities. .”
The borough had originally planned to plant 1,375 trees in a space that included the backfield of the factory campus, but Crawshaw said that area had been set aside for future activities related to climate goals, so the goal was fixed and reached at 530.
Crawshaw believes events like Treelay have raised awareness of the alliance’s mission and the work they are doing locally to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
“The borough is always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact,” she said. “There may be opportunities in the future for us to do more projects like this and others.”
Recent and similar projects have included smaller tree plantings at the borough police department and composting facility.
Maddie Seiler is a reporter for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com covering Carlisle and Newville. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at: @SeilerMadalyn