Since 2005, the Montgomery County Conservation District has worked with local organizations to complete riparian reforestation projects through TreeVitalize Watersheds, a partnership to restore tree cover in the five-county region in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The TreeVitalize Watersheds grant program and the Plant One Million campaign are managed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with funding from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program, as well as Aqua PA for projects located within its source water protection zones.
Tree Tender classes are offered to educate participants about planting and caring for trees. All applicants should have Tree Tender or equivalent training. The classes offer nine hours of classroom and field training covering: tree biology; urban stresses; tree identification; pruning; root care; fundraising; media outreach; volunteer management and working with local governments. For more information on other TreeVitalize programs, please visit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society – Tree Vitalize website.
PHS is working on reimbursement of 2016 projects and will soon announce the awards for 2017.
The National Research Council published a tree canopy report for Montgomery County, and we have a lot of work to do! See how we ranked and read more about the benefits of tree canopy- click here to read the full report.
Requests for Reimbursement
To request reimbursement on your approved TreeVitalize project, please submit the following:
- Reimbursement Request Completion Checklist
- Project expense reimbursement form
Round 1 Form
Round 2 Form
- Project invoice from your organization
- Invoices/receipts documenting all expenses and match (including staff time, mileage and services)
- Photographs of site before and after planting
- Volunteer log form showing date and times worked (Example form)
- Stream Releaf data sheet (fill out online and submit print-out)
- Updated Google map denoting planting areas in color (How to Create a Google Map)
Sources for Native Plants
Please visit the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society’s website for a listing of local suppliers.
- TreeVitalize Powerpoint: Completing a Successful Grant Project
- TreeVitalize Project Step-by-Step Handout
- TreeVitalize Website
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
- Tree Tenders
- PA Natural Heritage Website: Plant Communities of PA, County Inventories, iMapInvasive, etc.
- Proper Tree Planting Technique