Tree Pittsburgh exchanges ideas with colleagues from Russia
Tree Pittsburgh partnered with Obvinskaya Roza to submit a grant application through the U.S.-Russia Peer to Peer Dialogue Program. Tree Pittsburgh’s application was one of 30 selected from a pool of over 320 applicants. The program began with an exchange of urban forestry experts between Perm, Russia and Pittsburgh. Both cities share an industrial past and are well-forested. While Perm is working to preserve its native ecology, Pittsburgh is working hard to restore its ecology.
In September of 2014, Danielle Crumrine and Matt Erb of Tree Pittsburgh along with Joseph Gregory of Davey Resource Group traveled to Perm. The week was full of meetings and presentations. Pittsburgh representatives shared lots of information, including how Tree Pittsburgh works with volunteers, to the Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan and its i‑Tree components. Also included in the trip were visits to local nurseries, tours of cultural history museums and a visit to the homestead of Alexandr Teploukov, an ingenious forester who planted trees throughout the area over 150 years ago.
In October of 2014, a group of 6 experts from Perm visited Pittsburgh: Elena Pleshkova of Obvinskaya Roza, Iliusa Zbrueva and Andrei Zelenin of the City of Perm, Svetlana Kulakova of Perm State University, Aleksandr Romanov of Perm Agricultural Academy and Aleksie Shaposhnikov of MyTerritory. The group shared ideas on preserving green space from development, how to integrate i‑Tree into online programing for a larger audience and more. They also toured city, state and county parks and visited historic sites in Western PA.
Discussions between Perm and Pittsburgh will continue over the next year via video conferencing.