Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Continues Erie Greening Effort

WHAT: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and dozens of students from Gannon University will plant more than 50 trees around Downtown Erie as WPC continues its tree-planting effort in the city.

WHEN: Saturday, April 26
8:15 a.m. – Pep rally for students
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Tree planting

WHERE: Gannon Hammermill Center
109 University Square
Erie, PA 16541

WHO: Conservancy Staff, led by Art DeMeo, director of WPC’s Community Greenspace Services
Gannon University Students
Representatives from the Erie Downtown Partnership

WHY: The Conservancy, with the help of university students and other volunteers, will continue last fall’s effort to plant dozens of trees in Downtown Erie. The plantings are a result of an analysis of existing trees and an assessment of the best locations for new trees.

Adding more street trees downtown will support revitalization and beautification efforts in Erie. 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 also good for the environment – they help with air quality and storm water management.


Allison Schlesinger
Director of Communications