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For Immediate Release:

Brandywine Conservancy Plants 25,000th Tree Saturday, April 19 - East Brandywine Township Planting starts at 9 a.m. Brief ceremony at 11 a.m.
With planting help from a small army of young and old community volunteers, the Conservancy celebrates reaching significant reforestation goal nearly a year ahead of schedule.

WHAT:
The Brandywine Conservancy will plant 600 native trees along the East Branch of the Brandywine at a property owned by East Brandywine Township. The sights and sounds of volunteers digging holes, planting trees and installing protective tubing will resound through the day. During this planting, the Conservancy will plant the 25,000th tree in its five years reforestation campaign. The Conservancy has other plantings taking place this spring, with 2,760 trees to be planted this April and May.

Brief celebratory remarks will be made at 11 a.m.

WHO:
A small army of young and old volunteers fromGuardians of the Brandywine,Victory Brewing Company, West Chester University, and East Brandywine Township.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 19

WHERE:
SE corner of PA 282 Creek Road and Dowlin Forge Road,East Brandywine Township, Chester County

WHY:
The Conservancy's focus on preserving our land and water fits naturally with our ambitious reforestation campaign. Reforesting the watershed is an excellent way to restore water quality. In particular, reforesting steep slopes and riparian areas (strips of land immediately adjacent to a stream) are targeted in the Conservancy's campaign because these specific areas are especially vulnerable to erosion and, when reforested, prevent sedimentation and can filter out pollutants from entering waterways. The Conservancy's Reforestation Campaign allows forests to carry out tasks that are vital to the ecosystem and to the health of our waters. For details, please click here.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Holland 610.388.8336, hholland@brandywine.org or 610.306.8267 (day of)
Lora Englehart 610-388-8337 lenglehart@brandywine.org or 302.598.6180 (day of)

About the Brandywine Conservancy
Water resource protection and management have been the vital work of the Brandywine Conservancy since its founding in 1967. The Conservancy currently holds 449 conservation easements and has permanently protected and facilitated the preservation of more than 59,000 acres in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. In Pennsylvania, the Brandywine Conservancy's easement holdings represent more than 17% of the total acres of land under conservation easement in the Commonwealth. The Conservancy also provides innovative municipal planning assistance and is leading the Brandywine Creek Greenway, a regional planning initiative involving 24 municipalities that seeks to create a 30 mile conservation corridor from the Delaware State border at Chadds Ford to Honey Brook. The Conservancy is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information about the Conservancy see: www.brandywine.org.






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