WASHINGTON – Today, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Park Service and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) were awarded one of the U.S. Department of the Interior ‘s prestigious Partners in Conservation Awards for the Flight 93 Reforestation Project. This project is also known as Plant a Tree at Flight 93.
Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is a comprehensive tree planting and environmental stewardship initiative at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. This memorial stands as the only unit of the National Park System dedicated to the events of 9/11, honoring the 40 brave heroes of United Flight 93 and offering a place of learning and understanding about the events of September 11, 2001.
Receiving technical assistance through OSM’s Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), OSM partnered with the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service and other groups to engage nearly 1,200 volunteers in planting more than 35,000 tree seedlings in 2012 and 2013 to provide an essential windbreak to protect trees planted in nearby memorial groves. Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial, a reclaimed coal mining site.
Many sponsors joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible including Alcoa Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, NASCAR, NRG Energy, Pocono Raceway, Roy A. Hunt Foundation and The UPS Foundation.
Additional National Park Service partners include the American Chestnut Foundation; Appalachian Regional Commission; Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative; Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment; W.W. Friedline Trucking; Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial; Green Forests Work; Home Depot; Lowe’s, Somerset; National Environmental Education Foundation; Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Rosebud Mining Company; Starbucks, Somerset; WITF Public Radio.
For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni.
ABOUT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL
On September 24, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act. The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit www.nps.gov/flni.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places.