Restoring and protecting the urban forest      

Photo courtesy of Tree Pittsburgh

Founded in Pittsburgh in 2006, Tree Pittsburgh grows, plants, and cares for trees in areas of our city that suffer from the lack of a tree canopy. A tree canopy occurs when trees, planted in the same area, grow tall and wide. The trees form a heat barrier of leaves and branches that offer residents cooling shade and beauty.

This work, done with great intention, is one way Tree Pittsburgh contributes to the broader movement for equity and justice.

Why the focus on city trees? A study by Vibrant Cities Lab has shown that the lack of trees in an area relates to poor academic performance, more crime, serious health issues, and more deaths due to poor air quality and extreme heat. Residents of these treeless neighborhoods are more vulnerable to sickness and disease.

Tree Pittsburgh has created a master plan for protecting and improving the city’s urban forest. The plan includes community tree care neighborhood events where residents can work with Tree Pittsburgh to plant and care for trees.

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