May 6, 2020
By Mary Therese Biebel
April Davies pushed her shovel into the earth along the Susquehanna riverbank and remarked with delight how easy it was to turn over.
“It’s luvisol soil, all really nice river silt,” Vinnie Cotrone said. “That’s why farmers have always liked to plant along the river.”
Davies and Cotrone, who is a Penn State Extension urban forester, weren’t planting corn or tomatoes on Wednesday, but trees.
They were among a half dozen volunteers from the Suskie Bassmasters and Riverfront Parks Committee who planted a dozen red maples and a willow near the boat launch in Wilkes-Barre’s Nesbitt Park, using funds from a Keep America Beautiful grant that the local Pennsylvania Environmental Council applied for and received.