TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Reaches Goal, Celebrates 20,000th Tree with Dedication Ceremony

Wed, Oct 30th 2013, 16:32. Filed under News Releases.

WHAT:
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will celebrate reaching its initial goal of planting 20,000 trees in the metropolitan area by hosting a ceremonial planting near Point State Park.

WHEN:
12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7
The planting of the ceremonial tree and remarks

WHERE:
The entrance of Point State Park, near the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh
600 Commonwealth Pl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

WHO:
Jeff Hanna, representing the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald; City Councilman Bill Peduto; Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission Chair Mardi Isler; and Thomas Saunders, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

WHY:
The thousands of trees planted by WPC and its partners – including Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources –benefit communities in a number of ways, including managing storm water, reducing air pollution and energy costs, increasing property values and improving human and ecosystem health. All told, Pittsburgh’s street trees alone provide $2.4 million annually in economic and environmental benefits.

Managed by WPC, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is supported by 6,700 volunteers and eight private and public funders, including the DCNR, Heinz Endowments, the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Colcom Foundation and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure and Investment Authority. To date, $8.7 million dollars has been invested in the program for tree planting, tree care and outreach efforts.


CONTACT:
Allison Schlesinger
Director of Communications
412-586-2358
412-607-1945 (cell)
aschlesinger@paconserve.org


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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 235,000 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 WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Allison Schlesinger
412-586-2358 (office)
412-607-1945 (cell)
aschlesinger@paconserve.org