This project benefits many species of local birds, including robins.

This project benefits many species of local birds, including robins. Credit: Ron Gindlesperger/Flickr

About the Westmoreland Cleanways ReLeaf Project:

American Forests and Alcoa Foundation are partnering with Westmoreland Cleanways to plant 50 trees across 67 acres in two Westmoreland County communities, Cook Township and Youngwood Borough. The trees are being added in parkland and along walking trails throughout the communities.

ReLeaf Location:

Westmoreland County, Pa.

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 50 trees along park pathways and trails to enhance enjoyment of the recreational facilities
  • Improving wildlife habitat with native plant material
  • Improving air quality
  • Planting native species to replace possibly “mismatched,” damaged or diseased original plantings

Why This ReLeaf Project?

The Westmoreland Cleanways project focuses on improving rural community forests, which are equally as important as their urban counterparts. Many community parks in rural communities act as shelter and habitat for wildlife, recreation for residents and landscape beautification.