Community Forestry

In an effort that began in 2008, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has planted approximately 38,500 trees along streets in 73 City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods, in business districts, parks and public spaces in 57 municipalities across Allegheny County and in towns including Ligonier, Erie and Johnstown. Our work to plant more trees to increase and sustain healthy urban forests is done through our community forestry program.
As part of our forestry work with community partners, we launched the Pittsburgh redbud project in 2016, with the goal of planting native flowering Eastern redbud trees on trails, hillsides and open spaces in downtown Pittsburgh in view of the city’s riverfronts. This initiative has planted 3,800 trees and it continues to add another layer of seasonal beauty to Pittsburgh’s already stunning landscape.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh

We’re partnering with groups to enhance the tree canopy by planting trees across Pittsburgh and throughout Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh Redbud Project

Thanks to Colcom Foundation, we’re planting Eastern redbud trees along downtown Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, trails and open spaces.

Erie Downtown Greening

Since 2013, we’ve partnered with community groups and volunteers to restore the urban tree canopy in Erie.

Downtown Pittsburgh Trees

Since 2010, we've worked with TreeVitalize Pittsburgh and downtown stakeholders to plant more than 750 trees.

Trees for Johnstown

Through the Vision 2025 initiative and the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, we are helping to green downtown Johnstown.

Trees for Ligonier

A street and park tree inventory resulted in 112 new trees for this quaint borough in Westmoreland County.

Pittsburgh Street Tree Inventory

View this inventory of Pittsburgh’s street tree population and review of the state of its urban forest.

Our Impact

WPC Redbud Project - Downtown Pittsburgh Greening
WPC has planted nearly 37K trees

With the help of our partners, we work with communities, cities and towns across our region to plant trees and reforest areas. We’re pleased to work with hundreds for volunteers, community residents and organizations to accomplish our work.

We’ve developed a highly successful model for community tree plantings that includes using the highest quality materials and plants, fostering community engagement, building productive relationships with municipal staff and officials, and ensuring the short- and long-term health of the trees. We also provide tree planting event planning, and community education and outreach expertise. This combination of experience, skills and quality has enabled us to meet our urban forestry project goals on a large scale with a high success rate.

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Why It Matters

Our community forestry program focuses on the participation and support of local community members in volunteer community tree plantings where pest, disease and invasive species have impacted the tree population. Effective community forestry projects include nonprofit and municipal partners working together with volunteers and residents to ensure the establishment and maintenance of a strong community forest. Healthy community forests provide a multitude of environmental, economic, aesthetic and human health benefits, and are a resource that can significantly improve the quality of life in urban areas.

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What's New

Throughout the year, there is always something good happening within our community forestry program! From new trees being planted to a call for volunteers, we will share that news with you and keep you informed regarding our tree planting work and how you can stay involved.

Get Involved

Whether you’re new to planting a tree or have already planted several, we invite you to get involved in the variety of ways to support community tree plantings in your neighborhood or town. Anyone can volunteer, from families to seniors, to help beautify and green our region.

For more information about WPC’s community forestry work throughout the region please contact or call 412-586-2386.


For More Information:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Pittsburgh Redbud Project
800 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Alicia Wehrle
Community Forestry Project Coordinator