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Adams County Planting Partnership

Adams County Planting Partnership


The Adams County Planting Partnership (ACPP) is a partnership of the Adams County Conservation District, the Watershed Alliance of Adams County—and you! Our mission is to get native trees and shrubs into the hands of Adams County residents who have some land (even just a backyard) and the ability to plant them. 

The ACPP is made possible by the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10-Million Trees Partnership, which aims to plant 10 million native trees and shrubs in Pennsylvania by 2025. Since we joined forces in 2018, we’ve grown from just 500 trees distributed in 2018 to a projected 53,000 trees planted in Adams County by the end of 2023!

Our priority planting areas are along streams, ponds, and waterways because of trees’ abilities to stabilize the soils, utilize the nutrients before they run-off, shade and cool the water, and provide food and shelter to our aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.  But we also know the benefits that trees can provide to lessen the impacts of stormwater runoff in urban areas and provide community benefits for our ecosystem and economy.

Click on the button below to fill out a form to join the distribution list to be notified next planting season or sign-up to be a volunteer to help distribute the trees. 


How It Works

You can participate in the Planting Partnership (formerly the ACCD Annual Tree Sale) by ordering free tree or shrub seedlings for planting on your property within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

ACPP reserves trees and shrubs through the Chesapeake Bay Foundations's K10 Partnership to make available to landowners who wish to become our planting partners. Partners agree to share where the trees are planted and provide a picture of their planted trees and shrubs. Each tree and shrub will come with a plastic shelter tube, stake, zip-ties, and bird-netting.  Partners may request up to 200 plants on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests cannot be guaranteed, order confirmations will be emailed.  

Next Planting

The program will be hosted again in the Spring and Fall planting seasons.  In order to be added to the distribution list for future, free tree programs, please fill out the form through the link button at the top or contact the Conservation District. Thank you for your interest and willingness to help us build a healthier ecosystem for our families, communities, and future generations! 

Want To Help?

ACPP relies on volunteers to coordinate this program.  Please consider joining our committee or signing up to help with the tree and shrub labeling, sorting, distribution, and volunteer planting events. 

Where are Trees Planted?

The Seedling Distribution Map depicts the locations of seedlings planted in Adams County during the 2023 distributions.




Land Owner Guide

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