WPC, Erie Mayor to Launch Tree Planting Effort

Wed, Nov 20th 2013, 15:53. Filed under News Releases.

Erie, Pa. – Nov. 20 – The Mayor of the City of Erie will help the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy plant about a half dozen swamp white oaks in the park across the street from his downtown office as WPC and the City of Erie launch a large tree-planting effort.

Erie Mayor Joseph E. Sinnott and the Conservancy will work together on the planting at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in West Perry Square, across from the City of Erie Municipal Building.

The event kicks off a larger project in which WPC will plant a total of 32 trees in the city this fall. The Conservancy plans to return to Erie in the spring and plant as many as 100 trees.

“Adding more street trees downtown will support revitalization and beautification efforts in Erie,” said Thomas D. Saunders, president and chief executive officer of WPC. “Street trees provide shade for pedestrians, add to the aesthetic appeal of urban streetscapes and add one more visible signal of investment and revitalization. Urban street trees are good for the environment – they help with air quality and storm water management.”

The plantings are a result of an analysis of existing trees and an assessment of the best locations for new trees. In addition to the mayor’s office and WPC, the Erie Downtown Partnership has greatly supported the effort. Financial support for the tree planting came from anonymous donors from the Erie community.


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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 WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Allison Schlesinger
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
412-586-2358
412-607-1945
aschlesinger@paconserve.org