The event was organized to plant a riparian buffer in an open area that’s adjacent to the Conestoga Creek, near the wastewater treatment plant off of New Danville Pike. The planting was part of a Lancaster City grant called “Buffering the Conestoga” that was awarded from DCNR (PA Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources). Also partnering in the event was the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who donated the 250 tree saplings and shrubs along with shovels and gloves for those who needed them. Planting buffers along our waterways provide better filtration of water runoff before it enters the stream (and eventually the Chesapeake Bay) and add new tree root systems that provide better stream bank protection from erosion, as well as numerous other benefits. It’s a vital effort in our area, and as you drive around the county, recent buffer plantings are easy to spot – just look for the protective tree tubes that you see in some of the event photos.