Camp Hill, PA –The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF), the only non-profit whose mission is Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests received a grant from the EQT Foundation, the philanthropic arm of EQT Corporation, for invasive removal and native tree and shrub plantings at Point State Park to enhance habitat and park visitor experiences.
Through the grant, Point State Park will be able to remove invasive plants and hazardous trees from the native planting beds. Additionally, new native trees and shrubs will be added to the plantings beds.
“Point State Park’s landscape plan calls for native plants that range from large specimen trees to small wildflowers”, said Jake Weiland, Park Manager, Point State Park. “EQT’s generous contribution will help promote the parks mission by providing opportunities for public use and add botanical species to the native planting beds and woodlands.”
The park will improve upon the existing native plant habitats, provide an aesthetically pleasing experience for visitors, additional places for wildlife to live and find food, and create an opportunity to educate park visitors about the benefits of native plants and the negative impacts of invasive species. By demonstrating the use of native plants in the landscape at Point State Park, they can act as leaders and show homeowners and businesses how to successfully incorporate native species into urban landscapes.
“With our corporate headquarters just blocks away from The Point, supporting this beautification effort was a natural fit,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager. “We are committed to making the green spaces where our employees live and work welcoming and ready for recreation.”
“We are pleased to be able to work with Point State Park through this generous contribution from the EQT Foundation,” said Marci Mowery, President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. “These additional plants will not only make The Point more attractive to visitors, they will be beneficial for the environment.”
About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its more than 40 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through public engagement in volunteerism, recreation and conservation. paparksandforests.org @PaPFF
About the EQT Foundation
The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the top natural gas producer in the country, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation