Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2007

Planting around 400 chestnut trees since 2004, employees at Alcoa's Lancaster facility have worked to restore the species from the devastation caused by chestnut blight in the early twentieth century.

In 2007, the employees and their families planted 55 chestnut trees in a nearby breeding orchard for the Pennsylvania chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). A pending Alcoa Foundation grant will provide funds for additional fencing to protect a future orchard of 20,000 chestnut trees from deer and other dangers. Lancaster also provided aluminum for tree-protection tubes used at a TACF research center in Virginia.

In addition to the work with chestnuts, the facility's employees planted a variety of 20 trees in the City of Lancaster as part of the area's United Way Day of Caring and in partnership with the Council of Drug and Alcohol Abuse of Lancaster County. This marks the fifth year the facility has participated, bringing the total number of trees planted to 100.



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Planting chestnut trees



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Breeding orchard with deer protection fencing



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American chestnut tree



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Planting on the Day of Caring



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