TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Launches Spring Planting Season

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant more than 600 trees in the
metropolitan area this spring, a move which will bring the partnership closer
to its current goal of planting 20,000 trees in the region.

Under the management of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and
with the help of volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh will plant trees in 22
communities and neighborhoods in and around Pittsburgh. The partnership is
accepting registrations for volunteeres to work at these events.

With the support of five partners, private foundations and public
agencies and the work of more than 4,200 volunteers, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh
has planted more than 17,000 trees since 2008. TreeVitalize is the product of
work by WPC and its partners - Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree
Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources (DCNR), which is also one of the initiative’s top funders. The Heinz
Endowments through the Breathe Project, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and
the Colcom Foundation also provide significant support to the partnership.

Other financial support was provided by the Pittsburgh
Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, Direct Energy and the Home Depot Foundation.

“The trees being planted benefit communities in a number of ways,
including producing oxygen, purifying the air, sheltering wildlife, decreasing
energy usage and increasing property values,” said Thomas D. Saunders, WPC’s
president and chief executive officer. “All told, Pittsburgh’s street trees
provide $2.4 million annually in economic and environmental benefits.”

For more information about volunteering at any TreeVitalize
event, call 412-586-2386 or email trees@paconserv.org.

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