Tree roots stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.
Lawrenceville Urban Forest Initiative
The 2014 Tree Pittsburgh Lawrenceville Urban Forest Initiative
Many of the recommendations in the Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan focus to increase tree canopy cover in low-canopy neighborhoods through connecting and engaging with the community. To better work with the unique challenges that exist in Pittsburgh’s diverse neighborhoods, Tree Pittsburgh is focusing on Lawrenceville in 2014. From working with the community residents and local organizations, Tree Pittsburgh created a plan and program called ReLeaf Lawrenceville. ReLeaf Lawrenceville is comprised of different programs to target many land owners including residential homeowners, industrial property owners, commercial property owners, cemeteries, and community spaces.
- April 29th and 30th - ArBrew Days (5:00pm-11:00pm)
- April 29th - Fruit tree orchard planting at Duncan Playground (1:00-4:00pm)
- 2nd Monday of every month - Tree Park Maintenance (5:00pm-7:00pm). Meet at the Lawrenceville Tree Park
- Last Tuesday of June, July, and August (5:30-7:30pm) - Mulching parties throughout Lawrenceville
- ReLeaf Lawrenceville Plan
- Lawrenceville’s State of the Urban Forest Report
- Community Meeting #1: State of Lawrenceville’s Urban Forest
- Community Meeting #2: Survey Results
- Community Meeting #3: Recommendations and Implementation
Thank you to our Neighborhood Ambassador Molly-Dimond Stephany!
As the Neighborhood Ambassador, Molly provided her neighbors with information, resources and opportunities to create a better living environment in Lawrenceville. Molly is the liaison between the trees, neighborhood residents and Tree Pittsburgh in order to enhance communication, collaboration, buy-in and problem-solving.
Molly is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with a major in business. She worked in the insurance industry for over 21 years as an insurance broker/agent and has her real estate license with Northwood Realty Services. Her true passion is trees. When Molly moved to Lawrenceville over 15 years ago, she had a deep desire to green her neighborhood. She and some of her tree-loving neighbors and their local community groups began the Lawrenceville Tree Tenders, now called the Tree Pittsburgh Lawrenceville Tree Tenders (LVTT). Over the years LVTT has built a tree park, planted over 800 trees, held numerous tree care days and pruning events, and is planning to have an orchard in 2014.
Molly received a Pittsburgh City Council Proclamation in 2007 for making a significant contribution to the health and beauty of Pittsburgh's Urban Forest. In 2008, she was appointed to the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. She also received a Community Forestry Award from the Pennsylvania Urban Forestry Council in 2010 for her volunteer work with trees in Pittsburgh. Along with other passionate neighbors, Molly helped to form the Lawrenceville Greenscapes Initiative with Lawrenceville United in 2011.
When she's not thinking about trees and greening her neighborhood, she is having fun with her husband, Rob, and her three children, Oliver, Eliott, and Max.