January 24, 2012 |

Tree Pittsburgh public meetings concern Urban Forest Master Plan

 As part of Tree Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Planning process, the public is invited to give their input about the trees at meetings throughout the area.

Participants who come to the public meetings will learn the details of the state of Pittsburgh›s urban forest, and will have the opportunity to provide detailed input into the plan. All meetings are free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The meetings will be informative and interactive.

The community planning meetings will take place on: Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Children's Museum, 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at WYEP Community Broadcast Center, 67 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203; and, Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Banksville Park Shelter, Banksville Park.

Additionally, Tree Pittsburgh is collecting Pittsburgh's tree stories, and specifically opinions about city trees, their maintenance, and funding for the urban forest with a short online survey at www.tellusyourtreestory.org. Residents are encouraged to share the survey with their neighbors, co-workers, and friends as Tree Pittsburgh gathers more data about the city's opinion about trees.

 For more than a year, Tree Pittsburgh has been leading an extensive planning effort with a dedicated steering committee, local and regional partners, and forestry experts from around the country. The City of Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan is intended to align the Pittsburgh community around a shared vision for protecting, growing and maintaining our urban forest for future generations, creating substantial returns from a singular investment. Its core focus areas are aimed to:

•Address growing environmental challenges

• Create a coordinated vision for Pittsburgh's urban forest

• Develop baseline metrics and clear goals for the urban forest

• Cultivate long-term advocates and increase civic participation in support of the Plan

• Develop efficiency and cooperation with all Pittsburgh tree organizations and

city partners

"The plan marks an exciting time in Tree Pittsburgh›s history as it will chart a long-term course for increasing our impact across the city and county and provide our partners and the public with tangible goals to work towards," Tree Pittsburgh Executive Director Danielle Crumrine says of the planning process.

For a complete schedule of community events, meetings and planning schedule, visit the Tree Pittsburgh web site: www.treepittsburgh.org or call 412-362-6360.

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