City Trees

May/June 2013

City Trees is a premier publication focused on urban + community forestry. In each issue, you’ll learn how to best manage the trees in your community and more!

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The Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan: Three Collaborator Perspectives Photo by Joey Kennedy Since its release in 2012, "Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Plan: A Road Map for the Effective Management of Our Urban Forest" ( has been circulating widely among city foresters. The Plan is receiving high marks for its ambition, comprehensiveness, thoughtfulness, and motivational power. Here, we get three perspectives on the Pittsburgh Plan. First, Tree Pittsburgh's Director of Urban Forestry Matthew Erb outlines the stakeholders, goals, and components of the planning process. Next, Pittsburgh City Forester Lisa Ceoffe speaks to what the Plan will mean for her City's program. Finally, Davey Resource Group Consultant Andy Hillman elaborates on progressive benefits of the Plan in two key areas: research and environmental justice. The Process—Matthew Erb, Tree Pittsburgh In the Summer of 2010, Tree Pittsburgh hosted an Urban Forest Master Planning Symposium, convening over 50 key stakeholders from Pittsburgh, the region, and nationally, to begin the work of creating a master plan for Pittsburgh's urban forest. This initiative will align the community around a shared vision for protecting, growing, and maintaining our urban forest for future 12 generations, creating substantial returns from a singular investment. Stakeholders came up with the following needs of an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP): • To proactively address growing environmental challenges • To create a coordinated vision • To practice and model efficiency and cooperation • To create baseline metrics and clear goals for Pittsburgh's urban forest • To develop long-term advocates and increase civic participation At the end of the planning symposium, goals were outlined for the planning process which included fundraising and project partners. Tree Pittsburgh began fundraising immediately for development of the Plan and for data collection to create the baseline metrics needed. By early 2011, funding was secured from local foundations, the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, and the US Forest Service. The University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab was City Trees

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