Downtown Pittsburgh Community Forestry
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has played a significant role in the reforestation of downtown Pittsburgh. Since 2010, working with the TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Partnership and downtown stakeholders, WPC has planted more than 750 trees to make downtown a more attractive and vibrant place for residents, workers and visitors.
From 2010 and 2012, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and its partners planted 275 street trees, including 15 trees at Fifth Avenue Place using special underground soil cell technology called Silva Cells. Funded through a generous grant from Colcom Foundation, the project significantly improved the diversity of tree species in the neighborhood and enhanced overall tree canopy. With its partners, WPC developed a long-term maintenance program to ensure trees remain healthy into the future.
Point State Park Green Infrastructure Project
The bioswale and rain garden was installed in 2015 at the base of the Fort Duquesne pedestrian bridge. Educational signage is available to the park’s 2 million annual visitors and provides information on the benefits and effectiveness of natural approaches like bioswales for managing stormwater.
The GCAC Centennial Celebration project partners included GCAC members, WPC , Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County.
Pittsburgh Redbud Project – Point State Park and Gateway Islands
The Pittsburgh Redbud Project was initiated in 2015 through a grant from Colcom Foundation to plant flowering redbud and other native trees on trails, hillsides and open spaces in downtown Pittsburgh in view of the city’s riverfronts.
Frank Dawson, a local landscape architect, conceptualized seeing delicate bursts of deep pink amongst the browns and grays of early spring along Pittsburgh’s three rivers. As of fall 2017, more than 1,276 native redbud and complementary species were planted with the help of hundreds of volunteers to bring to life Frank’s original vision.
Redbuds are showy flowering trees and are among the first trees to bloom each spring. The buds appear on the bare stems before leaves. Some wildlife feed on redbud seeds and bees use the tree’s flowers for honey production. As part of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy also planted evergreen trees and other native species to provide tree species diversity and encourage good tree health. Additional sites have been identified for more plantings in the future.
Contact us for more information about our community forestry work in downtown Pittsburgh at 412-586-2396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.