TreeVitalize Receives $500,000 to Plant Trees in Wilkinsburg

Thu, Jun 30th 2011, 15:45. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 28, 2011 – TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will receive $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVest) to plant more than 500 trees in the Borough of Wilkinsburg.

“The PennVest grant helps advance TreeVitalize Pittsburgh’s commitment to planting and maintaining trees in the greater Pittsburgh area,” said Jeffrey Bergman, TreeVitalize director. “These additional trees will be extremely positive for Wilkinsburg, including providing air and water quality improvements and encouraging pedestrian activity and new investment in the area.”

The trees will be planted by volunteers on public property throughout Wilkinsburg starting this fall. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is partnering with the Borough of Wilkinsburg, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and the Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation to plan and implement the project.

The new trees will help prevent polluted stormwater runoff from rainfall and snowmelt from entering the Nine Mile Run stream in Frick Park. Stormwater runoff has significant negative environmental impacts throughout the Pittsburgh region, including sewage overflows into our rivers and streams and non-point source pollution that impacts aquatic life and habitat. Through intercepting and absorbing precipitation through their canopy and root systems, trees are an affordable and effective way to reduce stormwater runoff.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint project of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The partnership has a current goal of planting 20,000 trees in the Pittsburgh region by 2012.

Since its inception in the spring of 2008, TreeVitalize has planted over 10,300 trees with over 3,000 volunteers.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh relies on volunteers from the community and invites the public to support the goal by planting trees at home and registering them on the partnership’s website at

For more information, please email or call 412-586-2386.

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