To recognize National Park Week and Earth Day, CEC Pittsburgh’s Pete Staudenmeier and Kyle Filicky joined members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition at an annual tree-planting event at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Volunteers planted about 7,000 seedlings for the ongoing reforestation project at the national park, which honors the 40 passengers and crew members who died when Flight 93 crashed into an abandoned surface mine on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Marcellus Shale Coalition planted an area of about 4 acres. The project started in 2012 with the goal of planting 150,000 trees at the memorial.
The project is meant to reclaim the former surface mine with native trees to re-establish wildlife habitats, create essential windbreaks, and complete the healing of the memorial landscape, according to the National Park Service.
Watch the video below to learn more about the event (courtesy of WTAJ):