Adams County Planting Partnership

Adams County Planting Partnership


The Adams County Planting Partnership (ACPP) is a partnership of the Adams County Conservation District, the Watershed Alliance of Adams County—and you! Our mission is to get native trees and shrubs into the hands of Adams County residents who have some land (even just a backyard) and the ability to plant them. 

The ACPP is made possible by the resources of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Keystone 10-Million Trees Partnership, which aims to plant 10 million native trees and shrubs in Pennsylvania by 2025. Since we joined forces in 2018, we’ve grown from just 500 trees distributed in 2018 to a projected 22,000 trees planted in Adams County by the end of 2022!

Our priority planting areas are along streams, ponds, and waterways because of trees’ abilities to stabilize the soils, utilize the nutrients before they run-off, shade and cool the water, and provide food and shelter to our aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.  But we also know the benefits that trees can provide to lessen the impacts of stormwater runoff in urban areas and provide community benefits for our ecosystem and economy.


How It Works

You can participate in the Planting Partnership (formerly the ACCD Annual Tree Sale) by ordering free tree or shrub seedlings for planting on your property within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

ACPP reserves trees and shrubs through the Chesapeake Bay Foundations's K10 Partnership to make available to landowners who wish to become our planting partners. Partners agree to share where the trees are planted and provide a picture of their planted trees and shrubs. Each tree and shrub will come with a plastic shelter tube, stake, zip-ties, and bird-netting.  Partners may request up to 200 plants on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests cannot be guaranteed, order confirmations will be emailed.  

Next Planting

Thankfully we had nearly 500 local partners helping us plant over 13,000 native trees and shrubs in Adams County Fall 2022! 

The program will be hosted again in the Spring of 2023 and future Spring and Fall planting seasons.  In order to be added to our distribution list for our future, free tree programs, please contact the Conservation District.  

The Spring request form is anticipated to go live in February. Due to the program's popularity, we recommend that as soon as you receive the link, submit your request for Spring 2023 trees and shrubs. Thank you for your interest and willingness to help us build a healthier ecosystem for our families, communities, and future generations! 

Want To Help?

ACPP relies on volunteers to coordinate this program.  

Please consider joining our committee or signing up to help with the tree and shrub labeling, sorting, distribution, and volunteer planting events. 



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