News for Immediate Release

April 7, 2011

DCNR Lecture Series at State Museum to Focus on Restoring Trees in Pennsylvania’s Cities and Towns
Topic complements stunning “Wood on Glass” photography exhibit on display through May 1

Harrisburg – Ellen Roane, urban forestry coordinator for Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will present “TreeVitalize: Restoring Tree Cover in Pennsylvania Communities,” on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. This is the final lecture in a three-part series associated with the museum’s special exhibit “Wood on Glass: The Lumber Industry Photographs of William T. Clarke.”

“One of the forestry issues we face in modern times is the alarming rate of loss of trees in our metropolitan and suburban areas,” DCNR Bureau of Forestry Director Dan Devlin said. “TreeVitalize, the topic of this lecture, is an effort to plant one million trees in our metropolitan areas to help restore the canopy and realize the values we get from trees, including their role in controlling stormwater, cleaning the air and water, and make our communities places where people want to live and work.”

Launched in 2004 in southeastern Pennsylvania, TreeVitalize has spread to the state’s 14 metropolitan areas and has resulted in the planting of almost 250,000 trees. Roane also will discuss how individuals can get involved with tree planting and care in their communities. For more information about TreeVitalize visit

Roane has a master’s degree in forest resources from Penn State University and has been a forester with DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry for 21 years.  In earlier years she helped launch the Forest Stewardship Program, which provides assistance to private forest landowners; and for seven years worked as an assistant district forester in Weiser Forest District.  Since 2006 she has coordinated the urban forestry program and helped expand TreeVitalize from a Philadelphia regional effort to a statewide program.

Wood on Glass – which is on view at The State Museum through May 1 – consists of approximately 30 stunning photographs by little known and long forgotten photographer William T. Clarke (1859-1930), a Rochester, NY native who chronicled the lumber industry and its dramatic impact on northcentral Pennsylvania during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“The Wood on Glass exhibit is a special glimpse back in time at an industrial era in Pennsylvania when our woodlands resources were key,” says David Dunn, director of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. “The lecture series by DCNR has added great insight into that era as well as bring the story to the current day.”

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