What happens in the winter?
Just because it’s not tree-planting season doesn’t mean we’re not working hard! While winter does involve some tree care and pruning, a lot of our winter time is spent prepping for the Spring and Fall seasons. We have big plans for 2021, and that means big preparations in the off-season.
So much of our work involves other organizations, so we spend a lot of time doing outreach and working with those partners in the winter to set these projects up for success. For One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh, that means building networks and contacts within school districts across the county. For our Tree Adoption Events, it means doing outreach to groups in those communities to ensure that neighborhood residents know about the Tree Adoption Events and get first dibs on available trees. Of course, our Community Forestry team is always working with cities, municipalities, and other entities on tree protection policies and ordinances.
We’ve told you before about how the Heritage Nursery processes seeds and plans for the spring and fall growing seasons. After seed processing, Matt S. and Megan make propagation schedules. This is also a great time to do an inventory of our available trees and make plans for 2022!
Speaking of trees, the winter season gives us the opportunity to plan the tree plantings we have on the books so far for the spring and fall. This includes site assessments, more meetings with partners, and looking at available stock to match the right tree with the right planting location. Winter is also a great time to prune many species in our area, so our crew gets to work pruning young trees to help shape them for success.
When it comes to education, we take this time to look back at past successes (and photos) and plan a slate of offerings to keep you learning about the urban forest. We also update curriculum for use in schools, with scout groups, and for One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh.
While all this work is going on, some of us are busy gathering up all information on events, classes, and opportunities for our 2021 Spring Guide to Backyard Arboriculture. Keep your eyes peeled for that, coming soon!
Please note that the photo above was taken in 2017 — we currently use PPE and follow COVID-19 protocols!