Meet the Tree Care Crew

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Tree Pitts­burgh is hap­py to wel­come this year’s sum­mer tree care crew! We have four excep­tion­al folks work­ing with us on tree care and refor­esta­tion. Left to right, please meet Gaby Elliott, Mad­di­gan Stavenger, Erin Cur­ry, and Tyler Stevens.

Gaby Elliott is from West Chester, PA and is cur­rent­ly a stu­dent at Pitt study­ing ecol­o­gy and evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gy. She will grad­u­ate this sum­mer and plans to take a gap year before mov­ing on to grad­u­ate school. Her desire for a gap year comes from want­i­ng real-world expe­ri­ence, which is some­thing she’s look­ing for­ward to get­ting from Tree Pitts­burgh. Gaby’s favorite trees are Japan­ese maples.

Mad­di­gan Stavenger is cur­rent­ly study­ing ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion at Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege of Alleghe­ny Coun­ty, and is a native of Pitts­burgh’s East End. After high school, she vol­un­teered with Ameri­Corps Nation­al Civil­ian Com­mu­ni­ty Corps where she learned about agri­cul­ture, land restora­tion and preser­va­tion. She’s excit­ed to work with Tree Pitts­burgh to give neigh­bor­hood and park trees some love and care. Her favorite tree is a Pacif­ic madrone.

Next in the Crew is Erin Cur­ry. She’s from the Fox Chapel area and is attend­ing Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty for envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies and geog­ra­phy & urban stud­ies. Erin is ded­i­cat­ed to the preser­va­tion of urban green spaces and the urban tree canopy, and she wants to give back to the city dur­ing her time here. Her favorite tree is the white ash, and she is an avid ulti­mate fris­bee player.

Round­ing out the crew is Tyler Stevens. Tyler is work­ing to build field expe­ri­ence to become a cer­ti­fied arborist and hopes to study hor­ti­cul­ture at Bid­well Train­ing Cen­ter. He has been an urban tree stew­ard at West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ser­van­cy.

If you see these crew mem­bers work­ing out and about in your com­mu­ni­ty, please stop by and say hi! They will be lead­ing vol­un­teer events as well as tak­ing care of tree care in areas that aren’t as acces­si­ble for vol­un­teers. We could­n’t do this work with­out them! You can read about last year’s crew here.

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