Volunteers needed for ‘Plant a Tree at Flight 93’

SHANKSVILLE — More than 400 volunteers are needed on April 27 and 28 for “Plant a Tree at Flight 93,” a massive reforestation effort that aims to plant 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial.

As part of the memorial’s original design, the unique volunteer initiative is a joint effort between the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

The annual event aims to cultivate a living memorial landscape at Flight 93 National Memorial, once a former surface mine and now the final resting place of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

This year, volunteers will be paired with forestry professionals to help plant 14,960 native tree seedlings across 22 acres of the memorial.

To date, volunteers have assisted with planting 101,358 native tree seedlings over 145 acres at Flight 93 National Memorial during the past six years.

These trees will help to re-establish woodland wildlife habitats on the former surface coal mine land. The work places the memorial one step closer to implementing the architect’s design and re-establishing 150,000 new trees on the site.

Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to plant as a team alongside the general public. No planting expertise is needed, however no walk-on volunteers are accepted.

Those interested must pre-register online at http://flight93friends.org.