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City kicking off fall planting season with free tree seedling give-a-way


October 20, 2009

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that this week, the city will be providing 1,500 free tree seedlings to city residents, kicking off the fall planting season by encouraging residents to register their planted tree as part of TreeVitalize's "Trees Count" program.

Residents can receive the seedlings at one of four Citiparks Farmers' Market locations: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 3:30-7:30 p.m., South Side, 18th and E. Carson Streets; Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Carrick, Carrick Shopping Center, Brownsville Road and Parkfield Street; Thursday, Oct. 22, Bloomfield, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception School Parking Lot, Cedarville Street and Friendship Avenue; and, Friday, Oct. 23, North Side, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Allegheny Commons Park (East Commons), East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue.

"We're encouraging residents to pick up a free tree seedling and do their part to make Pittsburgh an even more greener, livable city," Mr. Ravenstahl said. "Planting a tree in your yard is the easiest and best thing to do to improve the environment through enhanced air quality and the mitigation of storm water run off."

The free seedlings are appropriately sized for a yard and will be given away on a "first come, first served" basis, one per resident. The donation is supported by the Shade Tree Commission, Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, and Eilser's Nursery.

The mayor encourages residents to register their planted tree to help the Treevitalize Tree Count Program register 20,000 newly planted trees in Allegheny County by 2012. All residents have to do is go to the www.treevitalize website to register.

"Through partnership and collaboration with non-profit organizations and tremendous volunteer support, there are more than 3,000 new trees in our region," Mr. Ravenstahl said. "Reaching our ambitious goal will greatly improve Pittsburgh's tree cover and pay off dividends for future generations."


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