Pittsburgh, Pa. – August 13, 2020 – One of the unsung heroes of a region’s vitality is the community tree canopy. Trees not only act as the world’s lungs, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, but they provide shade to cool our cities, increase property values and even deter crime in public areas. Trees also play one of the most important roles in the fight against climate change.

In a free member webinar on August 13, Jeff Bergman, director of community forestry for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, shared how community engagement and investment in maintenance and monitoring efforts are ensuring that Pittsburgh and the surrounding region sustain a vibrant community forest.

Watch and enjoy an encore presentation of this webinar to learn more about the Conservancy’s community forestry program through which we’ve planted, with the help of hundreds of volunteers and several partners, more than 37,000 trees across the region since 2008. To support this work and other Conservancy projects and efforts, become a WPC member today!




About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers. The work of WPC is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.