TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Launches Spring Planting Season
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant more than 600 trees in the metropolitan area this spring, a move which will bring the partnership closer to its current goal of planting 20,000 trees in the region.
Under the management of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and with the help of volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant trees in 22 communities and neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh. The partnership is accepting registrations for volunteers to work at these events.
With the support of five partners, private foundations and public agencies and the work of more than 4,200 volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh has planted more than 17,000 trees since 2008. TreeVitalize is the product of work by WPC and its partners — Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which is also one of the initiative’s top funders. The Heinz Endowments through the Breathe Project, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Colcom Foundation also provide significant support to the partnership.
Other financial support was provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, Direct Energy and the Home Depot Foundation.
“The trees being planted benefit communities in a number of ways, including producing oxygen, purifying the air, sheltering wildlife, decreasing energy usage and increasing property values,” said Thomas D. Saunders, WPC’s president and chief executive officer. “All told, Pittsburgh’s street trees provide $2.4 million annually in economic and environmental benefits.”
For more information about volunteering at any TreeVitalize event, call 412–586-2386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.