Bare root tree planting season has begun!
TreeVitalize® is a partnership established by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natur
TreeVitalize® is a public-private partnership established by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to restore tree cover in Pennsylvania communities. The program was launched in 2004, following two influential research reports showing that urban tree canopy, particularly in the greater Philadelphia region, had decreased significantly. Partners rallied together to
fund the program, which paid for tree plantings and training of citizens and municipal officials through the Tree Tenders® program. The program has since spread to all corners of the state, and what began as a tree planting and citizen education program has grown to encompass much more than that. TreeVitalize now covers a broad range of urban and community forestry subjects thanks in part to our key statewide program partners, the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh, and Penn State Extension. TreeVitalize offers trainings, grants, and unique partnerships with municipalities and non-profit organizations.
Bare root tree planting season has begun!
Such a fun morning celebrating Greenfield Elementary School’s recognition as a TreeCampus. Thanks to amazing partners and the for working with these students to plant trees and educating them about urban and community forestry.
We followed this celebration up with a tour of the seedling nursery. Thanks for hosting us today, Pittsburgh partners!!
Volunteer opportunity in Neshaminy State Park next weekend. Check out the post for details!
Happy Arbor Day for the 150th year! State Forester Ellen Shultzabarger planted a tree in Cheltenham Township this morning with District Forester Steve Wacker and Tree Equity Specialist Kalaia Tripeaux to help celebrate Arbor Day! Thanks to all of our partners who helped to make this planting and so many others possible today.
A tree planting opportunity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day!
The City of Philadelphia is looking for a company or organization to create a lumber yard at the Organic Recycling Center to better use urban wood resources generated through tree removals in the park system.
See below for the Lumber Yard RFP and procurement info on this opportunity!
Interested in learning more about tree canopy and environmental resilience? Join the Morris Arboretum and guest speakers for this year's Tree Canopy Series: Building Environmental Resilience throughout October and November. Register online with the Morris Arboretum today! https://experience.morrisarboretum.org/Info.aspx?EventID=31
Tree Equity: Focusing Urban Forestry for Climate Action, Climate Justice and Economic Recovery
Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests
Thursday, October 15 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Critical Role of Parks in Philadelphia Communities
Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Thursday, October 22 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Examining the Future Forest: Predicting Which Trees Will Survive
Nick Fisichelli, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park
Thursday, October 29 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
What a Warming World Means for Insect Pest Outbreaks
Michael J. Raupp, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Extension Specialist, The University of Maryland
Thursday, November 5 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bring Diversity to the Stressful Urban Streetscape – 12 Great Trees to Enhance Your Palette
Paul Meyer, Retired F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum
Thursday, November 12 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Horticulture & Design Endowed Lectures Birding Birding Excursions School of Arboriculture Tree Canopy Series: Building Environmental Resilience Creative Expressions Growing Minds
By comparing very old and young ginkgos in China, scientists found an explanation for their longevity.
PA DCNR is accepting applications for young adult PA Outdoor Corps Crews around the state.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps young adult work and conservation learning program. Applications are due January 1.
More great footage from the wonderful partnership between Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
If you know anyone 18-25 years in age who is interested in gaining valuable skills in conservation, PA Outdoor Corps is looking! Message us with any questions.
The is now hiring for its 10-month crews starting in March 2020 to work on conservation projects on Pennsylvania’s public lands.
Applications are due Wednesday, January 1, 2020. Learn more ➡️ http://bit.ly/2FUPHdR
Announcing TreeVitalize Bare Root Tree Program! Visit the TreePennsylvania website to see if you are eligible.
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Spotted Lanternfly gamified!
The sons of information-technology director Brad Line challenged him to create an app all about squashing the invasive lanternfly. He was skeptical. But to his surprise, the app, which he released Saturday, took off.
TreeVitalize staff member, Shea Zwerver, will be presenting at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 21-22, 2019 being held in Cleveland, OH this year.
The Partners conference is the largest international gathering of urban forestry practitioners, advocates, researchers, and government leaders. It is an inspiring gathering of fellow people who are passionate about all things trees and how they positively impact community.
Hope you can make it! There will be a lot of great speakers sharing their interesting and inspiring work!
"As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities The Poor Often Feel It Most" By NPR
Did you know that higher urban tree canopy is frequently correlated with higher income? "Lower-income parts of the city tend to have less green cover." Tree planting efforts by non-profit and government organizations should be dispersed equitably across communities.
This is a great video, sharing the ambitions and perspective of one Urban Forester. The message around trees is applicable to all people from all walks of life.
Indiana Division of Forestry Grotto Network
Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley is the city forester for Goshen, Indiana. The city has a goal of planting 2,000 trees a year to achieve 45% canopy by 2050.
4 Questions about the Amazon fires, answered.
Thanks Conservation International
Conservation International experts explain more about the fires raging through the Amazon.
There is a Climate Stewardship Act of 2019 that proposes funding to plant 4.1 billion trees by 2030 and 16 billion trees total by 2050. This bill will be introduced when Congress reconvenes in September.
Here you can read the proposed Act section by section: https://www.scribd.com/document/420980166/CSA-Section-by-Section-8-6
You can read American Forests support announcement of the Act here: https://www.americanforests.org/af-news/american-forests-supports-the-climate-stewardship-act-of-2019/
Section by Section
Great program that TreeVitalize is involved with. Thanks to the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
On Friday, July 26th, NY Times published this beautifully written piece that will get you thinking about death and how some choose to return to the Earth via a green burial.
After helping her father have the homegrown funeral he planned, an environmentalist is designing her own.
Over the last two weeks Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources PA Outdoor Corp crew helped carry out an urban tree inventory in West Reading, Pennsylvania. The 10 person crew inventoried 1207 public trees! We are excited to help the Borough on their journey to a sustainable urban forestry program.
Look at all that tree planting opportunity in the northeastern U.S.!
Researchers have identified exactly where we can plant a certain amount of trees in order to stop the climate crisis in its tracks.
July-September is the time some of you might be seeing Spotted Lanternfly in its fourth instar, nymph phase.
To learn more about how to manage them, visit Penn State Extension's website here: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly
In a recently published research study, scientists confirm that the "restoration of trees remain among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation."
Find the full article here: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6448/76
Listen to Here & Now's Robin Young talk today with co-author of the study, Thomas Crowther here: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/07/11/planting-trees-climate-change
The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change. Bastin et al. used direct measurements of forest cover to generate a model of forest restoration potential across the globe (see the Perspective by Chazdon and Brancalion). Their spa...
Yes, let's plant more trees through Restore PA!
Trees can address flooding and issues associated with flooding, just take a look through these studies that the Vibrant Cities Lab has congregated.
Are you within one of the 14 counties in the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone? Find out below:
We can all learn from each other! A great example of how one place is restoring their urban tree canopy.
Urban canopies help our air, health, and electric, bills, but they're shrinking. Proactive cities like Baltimore are determined to bring them back.
Thanks for highlighting TreeVitalize work Chesapeake Bay Journal!
Published by Bay Journal Media, Bay Journal informs the public about issues and events affecting the Chesapeake Bay.
The TreeVitalize Summer 2019 eNewsletter went out today. You can view it here:
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Some amazing news to end the week!
"...the educational system shall be a locus for propagating ethical and sustainable use of natural resources among the young to ensure the cultivation of a socially-responsible and conscious citizenry."
New collaboration?! Pennsylvania Department of Education and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Philippines, a tropical island nation in the Pacific, will now require by law all graduating students from elementary school to college plant 10 trees each before they can graduate.
Do you know any woodworkers or artisans in the arena in PA?! We'd love to hear about them.
Webinar: Thinking Beyond the Backyard: Diversity in Urban Tree Plantings across the Northeastern USA
Happening in 10 minutes!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)
You can still join!
Tree planting efforts have increased in cities across the United States in recent years. However, information on these plantings remains siloed by city making it challenging to identify national trends or make city-by-city comparisons. Danica Doroski, Doctoral Candidate with Yale School of Forestry....
Happy happy Arbor Day friends!
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
What do we mean when we say Pennsylvania forests sequester carbon? An explanation follows.
When planting tree stock this Arbor Day think about the changing climate! Will that species adapt or should you consider another species? Check out this article published today in the NYTimes.
"That’s a thousand-dollar tree, and we’ll never cut it down,” he said, pointing to a majestic, century-old white pine.
A dark synergy of extreme weather and emboldened pests could imperil vast stretches of woodland. Foresters are only starting to wrestle with solutions.
ATTENTION: If you are interested in applying for a 2020 TreeVitalize grant you must submit a Letter of Inquiry by May 1, 2019.
The TreeVitalize grants administrator, TreePennsylvania, has also made updates to the grant process.To learn about the updates and get your questions answered, attend the webinar tomorrow, April 24, 2019 at 1:00pm.
Use the following information to log on to the webinar . There's no need to pre-register:
Log in here :
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 323-378-773
If you can't attend the webinar but have questions about TreeVitalize grants please email Jessica Cavey at [email protected].
As we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day this week, invite someone who might not experience nature that much, on a hike or a walk in your local park. Or plant a tree together!
You might even find a walking trail near your work through Pennsylvania Department of Health 's WalkWorks program: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/WalkWorks/Pages/WalkWorks.aspx
Alpine scrambles and beach-front strolls; multi-day singletrack adventures and quick urban escapes; soaring trees and rolling sand dunes—every state in the country has something to offer intrepid hikers. So we rounded up a bucket-list-worthy, best-of-the-best guide.
HAPPY EARTH DAY FRIENDS!!!
Scientists once ridiculed the idea of a living planet. Not anymore.
How can Appalachia communities build resiliency? Here is 6 of the 7 suggestions:
1. Investing in infrastructure
2. Engaging the community over the long term
3. Growing youth engagement and next generation leadership
4. Identifying and growing assets in the community
5. Building networks and forester collaboration
6. Moving multiple sectors forward for economic development and growing value chains.
One solution to address all of these - TREES!
1.Trees are part of a communities infrastructure. Communities can plant more and allocate resources to help better maintain the existing tree canopy.
2, 3, & 5 Get community groups, anchor institutions, and especially the youth, out to plant trees together. Planting trees together fosters relationships and thus networks. When people actively engage in environmental stewardship in ones place, ones' value of that place grows.
4. Trees are community assets. Trees have environmental, social and economic benefits that when monetized have been shown to: lower communities' costs associated with stormwater management, increase pedestrian traffic and time spent in business districts, increase property values, and create safer neighborhoods. Such benefits from trees are sustained over the long term.
6. Without trees we wouldn't have a wood products industry. Urban wood utilization is a value chain TreeVitalize is working on to put trees that come down in our parks and on our streets to higher value use, instead of chipping them to mulch or landfilled.
The Appalachian communities that enjoyed persistent economic growth following the 2008 Great Recession have a number of factors in common, according to researchers who analyzed all 420 counties in the Appalachian region. Their findings will help guide future economic development strategies across Ap...
Cool upcoming webinar on April 9th: "learn how the four “C”s that connect soil and human health--Climate, Critters, Cuisine and Community--and identify farm-level practices that promote health for humans and the environment."
Learn more here: http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/aligning-soil-and-human-health/?sr=wp~upcoming
Participants will join to learn how the four “C”s that connect soil and human health--Climate, Critters, Cuisine and Community--and identify farm-level practices that promote health for humans and the environment. Soil management practices can positively or negatively impact human health. In thi...
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