Trees, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0)image from sanchom’s photostream

There are almost 2,000 acres of land in Pittsburgh’s four RAD-funded parks — half of which are dense urban forests. Up to 60% of the trees in these parks may be facing significant losses in the coming years due to challenges which include emerald ash borer, oak wilt and overbrowsing by deer. Our trees are our calling card to the image of a new, green Pittsburgh (and a visual refutation¬†of our smokey past). Additionally, they help to clean and cool our air and stabilize our hillsides. Those interested in preserving our green places are invited to attend a free public presentation. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission will conduct a public meeting on Thursday, February 17th to discuss the state of our urban forest, the threats to it, and a Tree Action Plan:

Preserving Pittsburgh’s Trees:
Action and Recovery
Thursday, February 17, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Frick Fine Arts Building
University of Pittsburgh Campus
(Across from Schenley Plaza)

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Walter Carson, Associate Professor, Plant Community Ecology and Tropical and Temperate Forest Ecology, University of Pittsburgh
  • David Schmit, Forest Health Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Dr. William L. MacDonald, Professor, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University
  • Lisa Ceoffe, Urban Forester and TreeVitalize Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh
  • Phil Gruszka, Director of Park Management and Maintenance, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • David Jahn, City Forester, City of Pittsburgh

You can register to attend the tree symposium here.

More on Pittsburgh’s Tree Action Plan: