Adams County Planting Partnership
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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 22,000 trees planted in Adams County by the end of 2022!

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.

Next Planting
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 has reserved 12,000 trees and shrubs through the CBF K10 Trees 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 in August.  

Our friends at the Watershed Alliance of Adams County will be volunteering to distribute the thousands of native trees and shrubs to our local partners here at the Ag Center in Gettysburg.  Therefore, we ask that you bring the appropriate help to load the trees and supplies into your own vehicle.  We hope to connect volunteer groups to help with planting projects, but at this time cannot guarantee volunteer planting assistance, so please plan accordingly when you place your order, or contact us prior to ordering to inquire if help can be provided.

Supplies will be distributed at the Adams County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center September 8-10, 2022, and your trees should be planted immediately, no later than November 1st.

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.