Announcing the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership

10 Million Trees 695x352

Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership intends to plant 10 million trees in Pennsylvania by 2025.


This morning, a coalition of national, state, and local partners announced one of Pennsylvania's most ambitious, collaborative, and challenging efforts to restore and protect its rivers and streams—the planting of 10 million trees by the end of 2025.

Pennsylvania continues to lag significantly behind the other Bay states in meeting their pollution-reduction commitments. Roughly 19,000 miles of the Keystone State's rivers and streams are impaired by polluted runoff and the legacy of coal mining.

Without drastic measures, Pennsylvania will fail to meet its clean water goals. By adding 10 million new trees alongside streams, streets, and other priority landscapes, CBF and its partners will accelerate the Keystone State toward its clean water commitments. In fact, this bold effort would help Pennsylvania achieve as much as two-thirds of its goal to plant roughly 95,000 acres of water-filtering forested buffers.

And we're off to a great start! By the end of this month, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership will have planted more than 31,000 trees at more than 50 locations across the Commonwealth. These trees are critical to the health of local Pennsylvania waters as well as the health of waters downstream, including the Chesapeake Bay.

Trees are one of the most cost-effective ways to restore and protect stream health, help keep nutrients and soils on the land, and cleanse drinking water sources. And the benefits of trees extend beyond their environmental impact. They also improve public health, are an economic driver, and improve soil quality on farms.

Planting this many trees will require many hands. We encourage organizations, businesses, schools, and anyone else concerned about restoring and protecting clean water for generations to come to join us. More trees will benefit our farmers, our communities, our health, and our welfare.

The Chesapeake Bay has the potential to be the most dramatic example of environmental recovery ever seen. By every measure, the Bay is healthier than it was even five years ago. Now it is time to finish the job. The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is doing just that. Thank you for all that you do to help us get there.

P.S. While this ambitious effort is focused on getting Pennsylvania back on track toward its pollution-reduction goals, we will continue planting many trees along waterways in the rest of the watershed, too. You can help by signing up to volunteer with us. Let us know you're interested in helping us plant more trees!

Issues in this Post

Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint   Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint   Forest Loss   Keystone Ten Million Trees Partnership   Pennsylvania Office  


The views and opinions expressed in the media or articles on this site are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by CBF and the inclusion of such information does not imply endorsement by CBF. CBF is not responsible for the contents of any linked Website, or any link contained in a linked Website, or any changes or updates to such Websites. The inclusion of any link is provided only for information purposes.

The Bay Needs You

The State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

Donate Today

Stay Up-to-Date on Bay News

Want to stay up-to-date on all news and happenings in your region and across the Chesapeake watershed? Join our digital community.

Sign Up
This website uses cookies to tailor and enhance your online experience. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, including details on how to disable cookies, please visit our Privacy Policy. Close