In 2014, Tree Pitts­burgh worked with res­i­dents and local stake­hold­ers to cre­ate the first neigh­bor­hood lev­el urban for­est mas­ter plan, ReLeaf Lawrenceville (see below).


Lawrenceville (com­prised of Upper, Cen­tral, and Low­er Lawrenceville) is con­sid­ered to be a low tree canopy neigh­bor­hood, with a com­bined exist­ing tree canopy cov­er of 23%. Pittsburgh’s city-wide tree canopy aver­age is 42%. Lawrenceville also has diverse land use types from an indus­tri­al river­front to a bustling com­mer­cial cor­ri­dor and dense res­i­den­tial hill­side. Lawrenceville suf­fers from ele­vat­ed sur­face tem­per­a­tures and com­pro­mised air quality.

ReLeaf Lawrenceville is a plan and pro­gram to edu­cate res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers about the ben­e­fits of trees and increase the over­all tree canopy cov­er. The plan is com­prised of dif­fer­ent pro­grams to tar­get many landown­ers includ­ing res­i­den­tial home­own­ers, indus­tri­al prop­er­ty own­ers, com­mer­cial prop­er­ty own­ers, ceme­ter­ies, and com­mu­ni­ty spaces. This pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty for a more local­ized approach to con­nect land users to the urban forest.

Get Involved

Inter­est­ed in get­ting involved? Check out the Lawrenceville Tree Ten­ders ( Face­book page or look for upcom­ing events on our events calendar.
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