Musser Forests, the Pennsylvania FFA Association and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association on Monday presented a tree to each legislator at the State Capitol.
The legislators were encouraged to plant the tree in their district to celebrate Earth Day, as well as Arbor Day on Friday.
To emphasize the importance of planting trees, state Rep. Ron Marsico, R-Dauphin, introduced House Resolution 134 declaring April 26, 2013, as Arbor Day in Pennsylvania.
In part, the resolution declares: “The tree has proved to be a valuable component of our environment by providing us with natural aesthetics for landscaping, a biological tool to control water and wind erosion, a renewable source of food, fuel and lumber for man, a habitat for birds and wildlife and a natural producer of oxygen and water through the process of transpiration.”
Musser Forests of Indiana supplied the Norway spruce saplings, and the Pennsylvania FFA placed a tree on each desk of each member of the House of Representatives, “greening” the chamber. The project was coordinated by the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association.
The Pennsylvania Senate was not in session today, but the FFA delivered a tree to each state senator’s office. They also delivered trees to the governor and lieutenant governor.
“We are pleased to work with Musser Forests, Representative Marsico and PLNA on this project to emphasize the importance of trees in our environment,” said Casey Shawver, president of Pennsylvania FFA Association.
“Trees improve water quality, clean the air we breathe and improve human health. We ask the General Assembly to join us in spreading the word in our communities about the importance of planting trees.”