Teens Conduct Survey of Trees in Greencastle

Echo-Pilot
Thursday, August 9, 2018

The tree-lined streets of Greencastle are now on OpenTreeMap.

A Student Conservation Association crew was in town Tuesday conducting an inventory of Greencastle’s street trees.

The teens worked with tree identification books and tools for measuring features like diameter, then loaded the information and photos to the OpenTreeMap app.

The data can be used by the Borough of Greencastle to make informed decisions about the urban canopy and local residents who want to know about the trees, said John J. Schwartzer, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources service forester for Cumberland and Franklin counties, who was with the group.

The SCA crew, based in Fulton County, inventoried the street trees in Mercersburg Monday and also visited New Cumberland and Lemoyne this summer. They spent several weeks working at Cowans Gap and are wrapping up their seven-week program on a trail in Fulton County.

SCA is a nationwide organization with the mission to inspire and educate young people about the environment and to guide them into leadership, said Tricia Murtha. She and Tyler Watkins are leaders of the local team of 15- to 18-year-olds.

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