Stand Up For Trees

This class was held in 2013. There are no new classes planned at this time.

Tree Pittsburgh's newly developed citizen tree advocate program: Stand Up For Trees taught participants how to become an advocate for the trees in your community and turn knowledge into action.

By attending our two-part class, participants learned the state of Pittsburgh's urban forest including stressors and challenges that trees face, how the local government is organized, and who the key players are that help to manage our trees in public spaces. Participants were given techniques for engaging key officials and agencies in order to help protect and increase the tree canopy in their neighborhood and city. They heard testimonials from local citizens, discovered the many benefits of trees, met neighbors making a difference, and learned how to apply for trees in your community.

Invited speakers included Councilman Corey O'Connor, City Forester Lisa Ceoffe, Chair of the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission Mardi Isler, and a representative from Duquesne Light to discuss trees and utilities. The class was instructed by Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of Tree Pittsburgh, and Joe Stavish, Community Education Coordinator for Tree Pittsburgh.

This class was open to the general public for anyone interested in advocating and learning about the urban forest. While the class focused on how to become an advocate for City of Pittsburgh trees, residents from outside Pittsburgh benefited from learning about the challenges of managing an urban forest and what can be done in other boroughs or municipalities. 

This course was modeled off of the successful Casey Trees "Stand Up For Trees" and was made possible with generous support from the Pittsburgh Foundation.

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