As part of the city's seven-year street tree management plan, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (FPUF), a non-profit environmental organization, has partnered with the City of Pittsburgh Forestry Division.
Street trees in Mt. Washington and surrounding neighborhoods are scheduled to be pruned over the next few weeks. Signs will be posted to inform residents of scheduled maintenance. The street tree management plan is a result of the street tree inventory released in 2005 and specifies removal, pruning, and planting needs. It has been estimated that it will cost $8 million to meet these needs, and FPUF has raised funds to subsidize this effort.
Residents can do their part in caring for street trees as well. It includes watering, weeding, mulching and adjusting the support hardware as needed. Residents are not permitted to prune city-owned trees without a permit from the City Forester or proper training and certification through the FPUF Tree Tender program. The Winter 2008 Tree Tender course is schedule to begin in February.
Those interested in learning to be a tree tender should contact Ilyssa firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-481 3220. If there is enough local interest, it may be able possible to schedule a training on Mount Washington in the future.
To learn more about FPUF, city-wide tree pruning or how to register for the Tree Tender course, visit www.pittsburghforest.org or call 412-362-6360.