Recognizing the Importance of NASA’s Apollo Program

May 4, 2011

Earlier this week on the House floor, I recognized the Coudersport Moon Tree located in Potter County, PA.  The Coudersport Moon Tree was among dozens of seedlings on board Apollo 14 in 1971 as part of a joint project with NASA and the US Forest Service, known as the "Moon Trees," to see whether space flight affected seeds' ability to sprout. The resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States as a tribute to the Apollo program. The Coudersport Sycamore, among numerous others, was reported as missing by NASA. That is, until recently a local resident of Potter County became aware of NASA’s attempts to track down these remaining national treasures. This clip in from my remarks made earlier this week:


We should all recognize the importance of NASA’s Apollo program, and I want to thank my constituents in Coudersport for working to ensure the Moon Trees continue to serve as a living monument to our nation’s first visits to the Moon. I want to give a special thanks to the members of the Coudersport Area Lions Club who recenly partnered with the local government for a dedication ceremony that brought long-overdue attention to our “moon tree” and the Apollo program.