TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Launches Spring Planting Season

Thu, Apr 4th 2013, 09:15. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh – April 4 – TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant more than 100 trees in the metropolitan area this week, launching a season that will move the partnership closer to its current goal of planting 20,000 trees in the region.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Volunteers

Under the management of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and with the help of volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant trees Saturday, April 6, in the communities of Millvale and Verona and in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville. After the dozens of trees are planted, volunteers from the communities will continue to mulch, water and care for the plants.

In April and May, the partnership plans to plant more than 600 trees in about 22 communities and neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is accepting registrations for volunteers to work at these events.

With support of five partners, private foundations and public agencies and the work of more than 4,200 volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh has planted more than 17,000 trees since 2008. TreeVitalize is the product of work by WPC and its partners – Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which is also one of the initiative’s top funders. The Heinz Endowments through the Breathe Project, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Colcom Foundation also provide significant support to the partnership.

Other financial support was provided by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, Direct Energy and the Home Depot Foundation.

“The trees being planted benefit communities in a number of ways, including producing oxygen, purifying the air, sheltering wildlife, decreasing energy usage and increasing property values,” said Thomas D. Saunders, WPC’s president and chief executive officer. “In the case of Millvale, trees will make a significant contribution to reducing stormwater in addition to all the other benefits.”

In the case of Millvale, this week’s planting will be the first of two spring events as the community continues to work toward its goal of planting 850 trees and constructing bioswales in that borough before the end of 2013 to help reduce storm water issues.

Millvale often experiences flooding from upstream communities’ runoff. Serious flood events in 2004 and 2007 and the accompanying debris damaged many Millvale properties.

A grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, also known as PENNVEST, supports the tree planting and also supports the construction of bioswales in order to control storm water runoff and its pollution of Girty’s Run.

One tree can absorb as many as 1,400 gallons of storm water runoff every year. All told, Pittsburgh’s street trees provide $2.4 million annually in economic and environmental benefits.

For more information about volunteering at any TreeVitalize event, call 412-586-2386 or email




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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 233,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 135 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit

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