HARRISBURG - PLNA and FFA transformed the floor of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives into a forest of white pine seedlings on April 22, Earth Day, to celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day.
This year PLNA members Strathmeyer Forests and Henry Molded Products donated the items for the annual Arbor Day event. Strathmeyer's seedlings were planted into Henry Molded Products recycled/recyclable pots with the help of the Pennsylvania FFA officers.
Rep. Ron Marsico (R- Dauphin County) helps to pave the way each year with Capitol security and the House administrative officials to allow this Earth Day/Arbor Day observance to occur without a hitch. Rep. Marsico is the only member of the General Assembly who was a landscape contractor before becoming a state representative.
FFA officers and PLNA staff placed the seedlings on the desk of each legislator in the House chamber. Seedlings were also taken to each Senator’s office. White pine seedlings also lined the steps in the Capitol Rotunda.
This is a tremendous activity. When I call on legislators for industry support of PLNA member positions, they or there staff almost always want to talk about the plant they receive each year. They look forward to this each spring especially after a late winter. Also, it strengthens engagement of the FFA youth in there government. A democracy works best when all are engaged. THANKS!