Core Reforestation Partners

Flight 93 Reforestation Partners (2012-2022)


For over a decade, the National Park Service, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, and National Park Foundation have partnered to continue a major reforestation project. With the completion of the 2022 plantings, the milestone goal of planting 150,000 trees at Flight 93 National Memorial has been achieved. 

This conservation project is part of the memorial’s original design and is meant to reclaim the former surface mine with native trees to re-establish wildlife habitats, create essential windbreaks and establish the healing of the memorial landscape.  


The reforestation project has been a collaborative partnership that originated with the Friends of Flight 93, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and is shared by state and federal government agencies as well as private and academic organizations. More than 4,200 volunteers contributed over 17,000 volunteer hours over 10 years and made this project a success.  

Since the beginning of the plantings in 2012, 197 acres have been reforested. Now that many of the initial plantings have matured, they are 8 Feet tall and have formed essential windbreaks. Much of what is now the memorial is a former surface coal mine and this effort has also re-established woodland wildlife habitats and cultivated a living memorial. 

The planting of 41 varieties of native trees and shrubs has attracted 63 native bee species and 141 native bird species. The intermixing of pollinators has helped to create the perfect environment for birds and bees alikeVisitors coming to the memorial to pay tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members can see wildlife such as deer, geese, various native birds, bees, butterflies, and this year we had a swan join our habitat. 

This reforestation project has been truly fortunate to have partners such as Green Forests Work, The American Chestnut Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Universities of Kentucky, and Indiana University of PA and more!  

Legacy Project Partners:

Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial
Green Forests Work
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
National Park Foundation
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry
The American Chestnut Foundation
United States Forest Service, Allegany National Forest
United States Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Volunteers-In-Parks, Flight 93 National Memorial

Supporting Partners:

Alcoa Foundation
American Airways
American Bird Conservancy
American Eagle Screen Printing and Embroidery
Ameriserv Financial
Arbor Day Foundation
ArborGen Inc.
ARM Group, Inc.
Bitner Vending
BMW of North America, LLC
Carpenter Technology
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chevron North America
Columbia Gas of PA
Concurrent Technologies Corporation 

Conemaugh Residency Program
Culligan Water Service
Davey Tree Service
The EADS Group, Inc.
Eat ‘N Park Restaurants, Somerset
Emma Munson Foundation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Fairmount Minerals
FedEx Ground
First National Bank
Gaston Graphic Studio
Gateway Health Plan
GenOn Energy
Donna Gibson
Global/SFC Valve Corporation
Green Pathways
H.F. Lenz Partners
Hiking Westmoreland
Hollern Insurance
The Home Depot
Home Depot IFS Mentoring Program
International Paper
Susan Keller
Irene M. Kent
Kongsberg Protech Systems
Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau
Leonard S. Fiore, Inc.
Let’s Move Outdoors
Lowe’s (Somerset) –
Marcellus Shale Coalition
Mass Mutual
Sandra McCurdy 

MetLife Foundation
Musser Engineering
NAC Cares
NASCAR Foundation
National Environmental Education Foundation
Native American Nations, Mary Garcia
Nemacolin Gives Back
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
North American Hoganas
NRG Energy
Penelec Green Team
Pennsylvania Council of Professional Foresters
Pittsburgh CPR LLC
Pocono Raceway
Pyramid Healthcare
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Rosebud Mining Company
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
S & T Bank
Samara of Berea
SBA Communications Company
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Sheetz, Inc.
Sherwin Williams Paint Store (Louisville, KY)
Simpson & McCrady
Ed and Lin Snider
Snyder of Berlin
Somerset Community Hospital
Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program
Somerset Exchange Club
Somerset Trust Company
Starbucks (Somerset)
Subway, Central City
Terry L. Butler
The Dominion Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
The UPS Foundation
Thomas and Williamson
Three Rivers Orthopedic & Spine Products Partners
Union Concrete
US Airways
US Airways Flight Attendants
Walmart – Somerset
William Burkland Family Foundation
Windber Medical Center
WITF Radio
W.W. Friedline Trucking 

Academic Institutions:

Altoona Area High School
Bedford High School FAA
Berea College
Black Men Working Academy – Lexington, KY
Bridgewater College
Duquesne University School of Law
New Day Charter School
Penn Highland Community College 
Penn State Altoona
Penn State DuBois
Pennsylvania State University
Shade High School
Somerset Junior High School Honor Society
Tyrone Area High School
University of Kentucky
Windber Area School District

Federal, State, and Local Government:

Allegheny County Airport Authority Allegany County Forestry Board
Appalachian Regional Commission
Maryland Bureau of Mines
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, SCI Laurel Highlands
Pennsylvania Game Commission
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service:
  • Daniel Boone National Forest
  • Monongalia National Forest
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Timber and Watershed Laboratory
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Office
United States Navy Ceremonial Guard, Arlington National Cemetery
United States Transpiration Security Administration, Dulles Airport 

Service Organizations:

AmeriCorps, VISTA Appalachian Regional Commission
Berlin LEO Club
Bethel Lutheran Church
Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1313—Laurel Highlands Council
Boy Scouts of America, Troop #15 – Munhall
Boy Scouts of America Troop #20—Centre Hall, 
#66—Nicktown, #1393—Peters Township
Cambria Rotary Club
Fraternal Order of Eagles Somerset Chapter
Girl Scouts of America, Troop # 54327—Peters Township 
Johnstown Adventure Club
Johnstown Running Club
Lions Club International – Region 5, District 14M
Oakbrook Church
Pi Lambda Phi, Frostburg University Reclamation
Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department
Sierra Club  (Bluegrass Chapter)
Somerset Rotary Club
Spring Valley Community
Tau Phi Delta (Alumni)
Tuesday’s Children 

Invasive Removal:

Marcellus Shale Coalition
US Coast Guard Auxiliary VFW Post 3368
Western PA Conservancy
Southern Laurel Highlands Pest and Plant Management Partnership

Participants planting tree seedlings.



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