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Fall tree planting in Pittsburgh a success


January 6, 2009

The City of Pittsburgh has planted more than 700 trees throughout the city during the fall planting season. More than 150 trees were planted in the business districts alone, including 40 in the downtown business district.

 Urban Forester Lisa Ceoffe, from the Department of City Planning, explained that more than 30 different species of trees were planted, including native, flowering, and evergreen trees.

 ”These newly planted trees not only add to the beauty of our City but to our quality of life,” said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. “Pittsburgh residents will benefit from the increase in shade canopy produced by these trees while our overall urban forest will benefit greatly from the diversity of species being planted.”

 Every year unhealthy city trees must be removed to prevent safety hazards; this year those trees were returned to the city streets in an innovative way. The felled trees were recycled into wooden stakes to support the new trees being planted in neighborhoods including Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Carrick, West End, Morningside, Polish Hill, Marshall-Shadeland, East Liberty, California-Kirkbride, Mexican War Streets, Point Breeze, and North Point Breeze.

 City Department of Public Works (DPW) crews completed more than 50 “pit cuts”- the openings cut into sidewalks to allow for the planting of street trees. Public Works employees also dug holes for 115 trees along East Liberty Boulevard.

 For the fall plantings, the mayor's Taking Care of Business District (TCOB) program covered the cost of the tree pit cuts and of plantings in the neighborhood business districts that needed assistance. The city anticipates planting more than 50 trees in the business districts this spring and the TCOB program will again offer the same resources.

 In addition to DPW employees, the tree plantings utilized several hundred volunteers. Individuals interested in volunteering for the planting and care of city trees should contact Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest at 412-362-6360 or

 Through the program TreeVitalize Pittsburgh, a partnership between Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, more than 1,000 trees were planted in the greater Pittsburgh area.

 ”We wouldn't be able to plant all of these trees without the help of our dedicated volunteers and tree tenders,” said the Mayor. “I want to congratulate them, as well as the Departments of City Planning and Public Works, on a job well done. I also want to commend the property owners who are pursuing and requesting that trees be planted. Together we are investing in and revitalizing our neighborhoods.”


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