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The benefits of trees cannot be underestimated. They remove carbon dioxide from the air, reduce global warming, produce oxygen and help fight runoff and erosion. Additionally, trees increase the value and desirability of a community. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a joint project of Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. They have a goal to plant 20,000 trees throughout the Pittsburgh region to improve our quality of life. TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is now accepting applications for their planting program. Community groups, non-profits, and municipal agencies are encouraged to apply.

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is seeking groups wanting between 10 and 100 trees to be planted. According to their website, preference will be given for street tree plantings  in neighborhoods that:

  • have demonstrated the capacity to organize volunteers for planting and stewardship activities;
  • have a low number of trees per resident;
  • have a predominance of residents at or below the median income;
  • are implementing other environmental improvements such as stormwater best management practices; and/or
  • are implementing other community improvements such as beautification, residential redevelopment or business district reinvestment

More information can be found on eligibility here and on selection criteria here. 

All City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods are eligible to participate and they ask you to contact them (412-586-2396 or email them at trees@paconserve.org ) to discuss your community’s goals and preparedness. You can download an application for the City of Pittsburgh from a link on their website here. City of Pittsburgh Tree Request forms are also required and can be found on that page. (Allegheny County applicants are asked to use a separate application on that page and should call Jeff Bergman, TreeVitalize Director, at 412-586-2396 before they begin the process.)

All applications are due by 4:00 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Funding is limited, so apply soon!

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