Penn State Altoona participates in forest restoration at Flight 93 Memorial

ALTOONA, Pa. -- More than thirty faculty, staff, and students from Penn State Altoona took part in annual forest restoration efforts at the Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pa.

From April 24 to 26, volunteers from the Environmental Studies Program and the EcoAction student organization helped plant over 11,000 seedlings of native trees, including disease-resistant strains of the American chestnut and American elm.

Distinguished Penn State Altoona alumni and director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Joseph Pizarchik, joined the group for a day.

The forest restoration is part of an ongoing partnership between OSMRE and the National Park Service, among others, to help heal the strip-mined landscape that surrounds the crash site and the memorial.

Last Updated May 06, 2014