The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 13, 2013

Conservation conference will focus on trees


The Tribune-Democrat

— The Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition has scheduled a conference about trees Oct. 29 in Mount Pleasant.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Laurelville Conference Center, 941 Laurelville Lane.

Trees create beauty, purify air, make oxygen, act as sound barriers and save energy with cooling shade in summer and wind-break in winter, the coalition said in a news release.

Those and other ecosystem benefits will be the topic of the keynote address by Bill Elmendorf of Penn State University’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Other speakers will discuss tree programs for communities and  landowners; philosophies of land management, including sustainable forestry, cash value and managing wildlife habitat; and the value of trees for a community’s image and for economic development.

The cost to register is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Those prices cover the cost of a light breakfast, lunch, coffee and room rental.

To register or for additional information, visit www.pecpa. org/Laurel Highlands or email Brad Clemenson at bclemenson@pec-pa.org.

The coalition is a broad group of organizations and individuals who advocate for conservation including watershed and trail groups; land conservancies; birding; and fishing organizations.