Musser Forests, Pennsylvania FFA and PLNA Green the Capitol
Monday, April 22, 2013
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
HARRISBURG, PA – Musser Forests, the Pennsylvania FFA Association and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association 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 (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 26).
To emphasize the importance of planting trees, state Representative 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, Inc. of Indiana, Pennsylvania supplied the Norway spruce saplings and the Pennsylvania FFA set 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 working with Rep. Marsico’s office.
The Pennsylvania Senate was not in session, 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.”
Norway spruce (Picea abies) is native to northern Europe, but very comfortable in Pennsylvania where it is a popular landscape tree because of its color, pyramidal shape and fast growth habit. The tree can grow to 110 to 185 feet. It’s a popular Christmas tree, especially for large outdoor displays. Norway spruce prefer moist, well-drained, acidic soils, but can tolerate a range of soil types. It does best in full sunlight, but can tolerate some light shade.