The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s (WPC) community forestry program focuses on the participation and support of local community members in volunteer community tree plantings along streets and trails, in parks and in restoration areas where pest, disease and invasive species have impacted the tree population. Effective community forestry projects include non-profit and municipal partners working together with volunteers and residents to ensure the establishment and maintenance of a strong community forest. Healthy community forests provide a multitude of environmental, economic, aesthetic, and human health benefits and are a resource that can significantly improve the quality of life in urban areas.
Through the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh partnership, WPC has led the planting of more than 29,000 trees throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. WPC has also supported the training of 1,800 Tree Tenders through its partnership with Tree Pittsburgh, engaged over 13,000 volunteers in tree planting events and worked with numerous county municipalities to develop tree ordinances and tree commissions.
WPC and its partners have developed a highly successful model for community tree plantings that includes using the highest quality materials and plants, fostering community engagement, building productive relationships with municipal staff and officials, and ensuring the short and long-term health of the trees. This combination of experience, skills and quality has enabled WPC to meet its urban forestry project goals on a large scale with a high success rate.
For more information about WPC’s community forestry work throughout the region please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-586-2396.