TreeVitalize Resources

Prior to your community tree planting:


  • Solicit donations for food, water, trash bags and other supplies.
  • Advertise your planting day and recruit volunteers. You can use our flyer templateto help spread the word.

You must be a certified Tree Tender in order to apply to TreeVitalize for community trees. You also need one Tree Tender involved for every ten trees you wish to plant through the program. Learn more about how to become a Tree Tender or view the latest class schedule online.

The City of Pittsburgh also requires that Pittsburgh tree request forms accompany TreeVitalize applications. Additional municipalities may also require tree request forms to authorize planting. Email for more information.


Once your community’s trees have been planted:


  • Water your trees with 20 gallons of water per week.
  • Water your trees for three years during summer months.
  • Complete the match form within one week of planting and email it back to WPC.
  • Remove stakes and arbor tie one year after planting.
  • Identify additional places to plant trees and apply again to TreeVitalize.

Tree care is essential to the protection of newly planted trees. If you are within the City of Pittsburgh, our partnering organization Tree Pittsburgh can assist you with tree care including weeding, mulching, pruning and more.

Additional Helpful Links:

Pittsburgh’s Urban Forestry Master Plan
This document outlines the vision and management plan in place for the City of Pittsburgh’s tree canopy.

Tree Pittsburgh
Tree Pittsburgh provides tree education through Tree Tender courses and tree care and scheduling with Tree Care events.

Tree City USA
This national program provides the framework for community forestry management.

Pittsburgh City Forestry 
This website will provide you with more information on trees within city limits and how they are maintained.

Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission
The Commission provides policy makers, City departments, and the general public with objective information on policy issues affecting the urban forest.

TreeVitalize: Statewide Grant Opportunities 
TreeVitalize grants are now available for all counties in Pennsylvania. This link provides information if you are outside of Allegheny County.

Trees Are Good: Quality Tree Care Information 
An educational website that provides quality information on basic tree care, the benefits of trees, fun facts, and more.

Seasonal Tree Care Tips from WPC
Get basic tips for tree care during spring, summer, fall and winter.

International Society of Arboriculture
The International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture.

Arbor Day Foundation
A nonprofit organization that inspires people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

Penn State Extension
Penn State Extension delivers science-based information about Agronomy, Animal Systems, Food Safety, Home Gardening, and more.

Allegheny County Conservation District
THE ACCD protects, restores and preserves Allegheny County's Natural Resources.

iTree: Tree Benefits Calculator 
This software tool identifies and quantifies the benefits a tree can provide to you and your community.

For More Information:

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

Alicia Wehrle
Community Forestry Project Coordinator