STRONG TREES STRONG COMMUNITY
The Tunkhannock Tree Association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with all volunteer members. The TTA has been incorporated since 1972. Officers and members are not compensated for their contributions.
The roots of today's Tunkhannock Tree Association were planted in the early 1970's by a group of concerned Borough residents who understood the long-term impact of losing and not replacing the beautiful but aging maples that had lined the Borough streets for decades. Using money from fundraising activities, the group began planting new trees to replace the dying maples.
Today, TTA members are carrying on this legacy as we replace the dying maples planted decades earlier by the first TTA members. We understand the importance of the Borough streets forever being lined with strong, healthy, beautiful trees.
The TTA meets every third Monday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Tunkhannock Borough Building at 126 Warren St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. If interested in joining the TTA, you are cordially invited to attend a meeting. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Robert K. Robinson, President
Jenny Pitkus, Vice-President
Diane Secor, Secretary/Treasurer
TTA Legacy Rooted in Education
The legacy of today's TTA is being built upon street tree management education. We learn the best tree management practices from organizations such as the Penn State Cooperative Extension and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). We then make informed planting and pruning decisions based on what we have learned. We pass what we have learned on to the adults and children within our community.
Tunkhannock Area High School students learn about trees when helping TTA plant the fall bare root trees.
Throughout the growing season TTA members conduct sidewalk and clearance branch pruning on Tunkhannock Borough streets. This provides property owners opportunities to gather information and receive answers to questions by stopping and chatting with TTA members.
Educational Resources Used by TTA
Manage Borough's 700-Plus Street Trees
TTA's pruning activities begin with assessing the young street trees two years and older to identify any structural defects that can be corrected while the trees are still young.
Structural defects can be identified by factors such as the number of leaders, branch & leader sizes, branch attachments, foliage distributions, and branch distances & distributions. Proper structural pruning can correct these types of defects when trees are young helping promote tree health throughout the life span of the trees.
TTA's planting decisions are primarily guided by the tree lawn locations where the trees will be planted. Factors such as tree lawn size, presence of overhead triplex power lines, environmental toxin exposures (for example, winter street salt, large truck emissions, etc.) will be considered when selecting the best tree species for planting in each tree lawn location.
Educate Children and Adults About Importance of Trees
The "Tree Volunteers In-Training" is a TTA educational program involving a wide range of activities teaching children the importance of trees. TTA collaborates with organizations such as schools and preschool child development centers when planning the activities. Each program will include the children helping to plant a tree.
The "Be A Voice For Trees" is a TTA educational program where adults and children can use their hobbies, interests, and artisitic skills to send messages about the importance of trees. Their creativity will be displayed for the month of May in a lobby showcase at the Tunkhannock Dietrich Theater.
TTA to the Rescue
It was evident that a beautiful Red Maple planted in a tree lawn in the Borough was thriving until erosion began stealing the soil needed by the tree. The street-side slope of the tree lawn was steep and when the ground cover surrounding the tree died, there was nothing to prevent the soil from washing into the street. As can be seen in the photo below, many tree roots became exposed putting the tree at risk.
TTA members built an enclosure around the base of the tree using root barrier panels and cutting them to fit the slope of the tree lawn. The panels were screwed to stakes which were then driven into the ground. The enclosure was filled with soil and a layer of mulch was spread on top to help keep the roots moist.
TTA Legacy Trees of Honor
The Freedom Tree was dedicated on Nov. 7, 2009 to all past, present and future men and women of the United States Armed Forces who stand strong for our freedom. The Freedom Tree (a Persian Perrotia) is located in the front of the Wyoming County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Tunkhannock, PA.
The Volunteer Tree was dedicated on Oct. 23, 2010 to all volunteers driven by spirit and strength to make a difference in people's lives, in the world. The Volunteer Tree (a Persian Perrotia) is located in the front yard of the Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Association, 195 N. Bridge St., Tunkhannock, PA.
The Survivor Tree is a symbol of hope and survival to honor all the men, women, and children who survived the devastation of the 2011 Flood and are rebuilding their lives. On Sept. 21, 2012 the Survivor Tree was planted in Riverside Park next to the beautiful Susquehanna River. Funds for the Survivor Tree (a Tri-Color Beech) were raised by the TTA during the 2012 July River Day celebration held in Riverside Park.
The Pets Honor Tree is a symbol of honor dedicated to all pets who fulfill so many important roles such as loving companions, therapy assistants, military specialists, and so many more. On August 26, 2014 27 children from the Tunkhannock Child Development Center Summer Program planted the Pets Honor Tree in Riverside Park next to the play area. The Pets Honor Tree (a Red Oak) planting was sponsored by theTTA.
The Bird Nest Tree is a symbol of environmental respect for trees as an invaluable provider of habitats for birds and many other types of wildlife. On August 13, 2015 twenty children from the Tunkhannock Child Development Center Summer Program planted the Bird Nest Tree in Riverside Park. The planting of the Bird Nest Tree (a White Oak) was sponsored by the TTA.