Recorded Webinar Available:<br>Pittsburgh Redbud Project Turns Five

April 23, 2021 to May 5, 2021


Recorded Webinar Available: Pittsburgh Redbud Project: Celebrating Five Years on Earth Day

Since 2016, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has planted thousands of flowering native Eastern redbuds and other complementary native trees and shrubs so that each spring Pittsburgh’s riverfront trails and open spaces burst forth with vibrant pink blooms. Five years ago, this community forestry initiative known as the Pittsburgh Redbud Project was launched to increase urban tree canopy and reforest the riverfronts while highlighting the aesthetic benefits of spring.

With the help of several partners and volunteers this Colcom Foundation-funded initiative is creating an attractive reminder about the natural benefits and beauty of Pittsburgh’s riverfronts and greenspaces.

Brian Crooks, community forester at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Frank Dawson, the Pittsburgh-based landscape architect who conceptualized the Pittsburgh Redbud Project, gave a free webinar on Earth Day celebrating the project’s fifth anniversary, and discussed how you can help restore our riverfronts with native trees.

Pittsburgh Redbud Project: Celebrating Five Years on Earth Day was held on April 22, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. and was free to the public.

About the Presenters:

Brian Crooks graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Forest Science. He has been a community forester at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy since 2015. Brian is an ISA certified arborist and a Pennsylvania pesticide applicator. He serves as chairperson for the shade tree commission in Oakmont, Pa.

Frank Dawson is a native of Pittsburgh and has a 28-year career as a landscape architect. Frank has his own practice, with a portfolio of design projects that span the United States, Bahamas, India and the United Arab Emirates. His work has involved campus master planning, healthcare, mixed use development, education, plazas, parks, cemeteries, exclusive homes, public art and community greening projects. He has been heavily engaged in the Pittsburgh design community for 18 years. He has served on the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Advisory Board P2P initiative, Riverlife Task Force’s Design Review Committee, Scenic Pittsburgh’s Advisory Board and the Josh Gibson Heritage Park’s Board of Directors. Frank remains an active member with the American Society of Landscape Architects and is currently the vice president of the PA/DEL Executive Committee.