TreeVitalize ‘Root for Trees’ Rally to Celebrate 250 New Trees for Downtown Pittsburgh
Tue, May 4th 2010, 10:10. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 4, 2010 – A ‘Root for Trees’ mid-day rally on May 5 in downtown Pittsburgh will celebrate 250 new trees in the Golden Triangle, planted by TreeVitalize Pittsburgh in support of World Environment Day.
The rally, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Katz Plaza (Penn Avenue and Seventh Street), includes a seedling giveaway, music, special activities and a ceremonial tree planting. Both the rally, which is open to the general public, and 250 new trees for downtown are made possible by the Colcom Foundation.
“We are thrilled to bring a critical mass of new trees to downtown Pittsburgh that have been specially selected to thrive in an urban environment,” said TreeVitalize Director Jeff Bergman. “These trees not only help to beautify downtown, they deliver important environmental, economic and quality-of-life benefits.”
The 250 new trees downtown support TreeVitalize Pittsburgh’s larger effort to plant 20,000 trees in the Pittsburgh area by 2012. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint project of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
At the May 5 event, participants will learn how they can support TreeVitalize’s goal by planting a tree and registering it, or by serving as a volunteer Tree Tender. One thousand seedlings will be given away while supplies last.
Invited speakers include Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, DCNR Secretary John Quigley, Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. In addition, Danielle Crumrine with Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest will deliver a special message about getting involved with TreeVitalize.
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh’s work is based on the principle that urban trees help to address critical environmental and community issues:
• Trees improve quality of life by producing oxygen, capturing rainwater, reducing pollution and sheltering wildlife.
• Shaded business districts result in an 11 percent increase in business.
• Trees around a home can increase its value by 15 percent.
• Pittsburgh’s street trees provide $2.4 million annually in economic and environmental benefits.
Timothy Inglis, President of Colcom Foundation, explained the foundation’s involvement with TreeVitalize: “Trees impart a hometown quality to the streetscape while highlighting our environmental heritage. It is a privilege for Colcom Foundation to participate in this initiative to make our community even more welcoming.”
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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