Tree Pittsburgh Announces Public Meetings for the 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 City’s trees at meetings beginning January 23rd.  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.

Community Planning Meeting: EAST
Monday January 23rd, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Union Project
801 N. Negley Avenue 15206
Community Planning Meeting: NORTH

Tuesday January 24th, 5:30 – 7:30PM
Children’s Museum
10 Children’s Way 15212

Community Planning Meeting: SOUTH
Wednesday January 25th, 5:30 – 7:30PM
WYEP Community Broadcast Center
67 Bedford Square 15203

Community Planning Meeting: WEST
Monday February 13th, 5:30 – 7:30PM
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.  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 over 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

For a complete schedule of community events, meetings and planning schedule, please visit the Tree Pittsburgh website or call (412) 362-6360.