Plant a Tree at Flight 93

Trees for the Future

Bare root seedling. Bare root seedling.

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A bare root white pine seedling being planted 2019.
Credit: NPS Photo

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Once a bare root seeding, this eight year old white pine towers over a park ranger.
Credit: NPS Photo


What is Plant a Tree at Flight 93?

For a decade, the National Park Service, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and National Park Foundation have partnered to continue a major reforestation project that will soon result in 150,000 newly planted trees at Flight 93 National Memorial. This conservation project is part of the memorial’s original design and meant to reclaim the former surface mine with native trees to re-establish wildlife habitats, create essential windbreaks and complete the healing of the memorial landscape.


Planting a National Memorial

The reforestation project has been a collaborative partnership that is shared by state and federal government agencies and both private and academic organizations. Nearly 3,000 volunteers over the past seven years have made this project possible. Since beginning the plantings in 2012, 167 acres have been reforested. These trees, which are a mixture of several native species, will form an essential windbreak to protect trees planted in the nearby Memorial Groves. Much of what is now the memorial is a former surface coal mine and this effort will also help re-establish woodland wildlife habitats and cultivate a living memorial.


Plant a Tree 2021

This year, the one day event will partner with forestry professionals and local businesses to help plant 7,000 tree seedlings over 10 acres of memorial ground. A limited number volunteers from local business will continue the tradition of reforestation and volunteerism during National Park Week at Flight 93 National Memorial. To date, 129,918 new tree seedlings have been planted at the memorial. If you would like to participate in Plant a Tree at Flight 93, the Memorial and its partners looks to foster volunteer involvement for the 2022 event.

The National Park Service would like to express their appreciation for the tremendous support of our partners: the Friends of Flight 93, the National Park Foundation, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI), Green Forests Work, Indiana University of Pa., Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation & Enforcement (OSMRE), Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation, The American Chestnut Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, Allegheny National Forest.

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2021 Opening Remarks

Virtual opening remarks from Flight 93 National Memorial Superintendent Stephen Clark and Friends of Flight 93 Donna Gibson.

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A Mining Landscape

Reforesting a former coal mine.

Forester holding a seedling tree.

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree

Investigate the work being done to restore the American Chestnut Tree and the plantings taking place at Flight 93 National Memorial.


Last updated: October 29, 2021

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