Pittsburgh Canopy Alliance Celebrates Transformational Investment in Allegheny County

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The Pitts­burgh Canopy Alliance host­ed a kick­off cel­e­bra­tion in con­junc­tion with a com­mu­ni­ty tree plant­i­ng on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30 at Ren­ziehausen Park in McK­eesport. The group cle­brat­ed the trans­for­ma­tion­al $9 mil­lion invest­ment in West­ern Pennsylvania’s urban forests by the US For­est Ser­vice. This grant comes from the USFS Urban and Com­mu­ni­ty Forestry pro­gram through the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act.

Pitts­burgh Canopy Alliance mem­bers Alleghe­ny Coun­ty Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, Alleghe­ny Goatscape, Alleghe­ny Land Trust, Friends of the River­front, Land­force, Pitts­burgh Parks Con­ser­van­cy, Tree Pitts­burgh, UrbanKind Insti­tute, and West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Con­ser­van­cy were col­lec­tive­ly award­ed $8 mil­lion. These funds will sup­port com­mu­ni­ty-lev­el plan­ning and work­force devel­op­ment to plant and main­tain trees along streets, in parks and pub­lic green­spaces, and res­i­den­tial and insti­tu­tion­al prop­er­ty, all with­in Justice40 zones.

The City of Pitts­burgh was award­ed $1 mil­lion to sup­port the vacant lots tree plant­i­ng project designed to mit­i­gate urban heat effects in under­served City neighborhoods.

Unit­ed States Sen­a­tors Bob Casey and John Fet­ter­man and Unit­ed States Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Sum­mer Lee and Chris Deluzio under­scored the impor­tance of invest­ing in a health­i­er and more sus­tain­able urban for­est and green jobs for our region.

This $8 mil­lion grant is at the heart of why I vot­ed for the Infla­tion Reduc­tion Act: to reduce ener­gy costs for com­mu­ni­ties, strength­en our work­force, and build a health­i­er future for our chil­dren,” said U.S. Sen­a­tor Bob Casey (D‑PA). “This invest­ment will help the Pitts­burgh Canopy Alliance plant more trees and cre­ate more green­spaces that keep the region cool­er, the air clean­er, and the pub­lic health­i­er while pro­vid­ing agri­cul­ture work­ers with train­ing and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties to boost the economy.”

I applaud this fund­ing for urban forests from the Biden Admin­is­tra­tion. This $9 mil­lion will sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve Alleghe­ny County’s pub­lic health and empow­er the region through com­mu­ni­ty-lev­el plan­ning and job cre­ation,” said U.S. Sen­a­tor John Fet­ter­man (D‑PA). “This is an incred­i­ble invest­ment in work­force devel­op­ment, com­mu­ni­ty build­ing, envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice, and most of all, West­ern Pennsylvania.”

I am thrilled to help secure $8,000,000 for West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia to plant trees across our region, sup­port the agri­cul­tur­al work­force, and improve the health of West­ern PA’s tree canopy,” said Rep. Chris Deluzio (PA). “These fed­er­al invest­ments over the next five years will grow to impact a lot of peo­ple and work­ers, and I am proud that my team was able to help the Pitts­burgh Canopy Alliance secure this big-time invest­ment in our community.”

I’m so proud to have played a part in bring­ing this $8 mil­lion invest­ment to West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia through the Urban and Com­mu­ni­ty Forestry pro­gram,” said Rep. Sum­mer Lee (PA). “This isn’t just about plant­i­ng trees—it’s about plant­i­ng hope in our com­mu­ni­ties. It’s a com­mit­ment to breathe new life into our urban land­scapes, strength­en our com­mu­ni­ties with green jobs, and ensure that envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice is root­ed in the very soil of our neigh­bor­hoods. We’re not only grow­ing our urban canopy, we’re nur­tur­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of envi­ron­men­tal stew­ards right here in our back­yard. Every sin­gle tree we put into the ground is a promise for clean­er air, cool­er streets, and a brighter, health­i­er future for all our neighborhoods.”

Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­ur­al Resources Sec­re­tary Cindy Adams Dunn echoed the impor­tance of trees.

Plant­i­ng a tree is a sim­ple act with a big impact,” Sec­re­tary Dunn said. “Trees are a solu­tion to many of our envi­ron­men­tal issues, includ­ing heat and stormwa­ter from heavy rains, help­ing our com­mu­ni­ties address chal­lenges and mak­ing them bet­ter places to live and work.”

ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CANOPY ALLIANCE

The Pitts­burgh Canopy Alliance is a work­ing group of more than 20 non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies from across Alleghe­ny Coun­ty. Alliance part­ners are com­mit­ted to increas­ing equi­table access to urban tree canopy and the many human health, envi­ron­men­tal, and eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits that it brings. This col­lab­o­ra­tive aims to increase com­mu­ni­ty involve­ment in local plan­ning, lead­ing to health­i­er trees and a greater num­ber of them. Learn more, includ­ing a list of par­tic­i­pat­ing orga­ni­za­tions and agen­cies, at pittsburghcanopyalliance.org.

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