TreeVitalize Pennsylvania

TreeVitalize Pennsylvania TreeVitalize® is a partnership established by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to restore tree cover in PA communities.

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.

Interested in learning more about tree canopy and environmental resilience? Join the Morris Arboretum and guest speakers...
09/22/2020
Morris Arboretum - Online Classes

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
Fee: $25

The Critical Role of Parks in Philadelphia Communities
Maura McCarthy, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Thursday, October 22 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fee: $25

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
Fee: $25

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
Fee: $25

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
Fee: $25

Horticulture & Design Endowed Lectures Birding Birding Excursions School of Arboriculture Tree Canopy Series: Building Environmental Resilience Creative Expressions Growing Minds

PA DCNR is accepting applications for young adult PA Outdoor Corps Crews around the state. https://www.northcentralpa.co...
12/11/2019
DCNR accepting applications for young adult PA Outdoor Corps Crews Around PA through December

PA DCNR is accepting applications for young adult PA Outdoor Corps Crews around the state.

https://www.northcentralpa.com/life/outdoors/dcnr-accepting-applications-for-young-adult-pa-outdoor-corps-crews/article_151add6c-1ac1-11ea-95e4-f3581d381f2b.html

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.

12/05/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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

Meet Thomas, an inmate at SCI Huntingdon who participated in the inaugural Riparian Forest Buffer Vocational program offered by the DOC, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Thomas said someday he hopes to bring his daughter to this field to show her the trees he and his class planted.

If you know anyone 18-25 years in age who is interested in gaining valuable skills in conservation, PA Outdoor Corps is ...
11/24/2019

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 #PAOutdoorCorps 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. https://t...
11/12/2019
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Announcing TreeVitalize Bare Root Tree Program! Visit the TreePennsylvania website to see if you are eligible.

https://treepennsylvania.org

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TreeVitalize staff member, Shea Zwerver, will be presenting at the Partners in Community Forestry Conference November 21...
09/12/2019

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 freq...
09/04/2019
As Rising Heat Bakes U.S. Cities, The Poor Often Feel It Most

"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.

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/754044732/as-rising-heat-bakes-u-s-cities-the-poor-often-feel-it-most?sc=tw

This is a great video, sharing the ambitions and perspective of one Urban Forester. The message around trees is applicab...
08/24/2019
This Man is Planting Trees to Make a Difference | Grotto Network

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

https://grottonetwork.com/make-an-impact/transform/restoring-urban-forest-by-planting-trees/?fbclid=IwAR2vwY9FRLyHo3bG-uz80Q9A_e1BkmNpgR559K2XuYqGkAmZU7RcsaVQdh8

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.

There is a Climate Stewardship Act of 2019 that proposes funding to plant 4.1 billion trees by 2030 and 16 billion trees...
08/16/2019
CSA Section by Section 8.6

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...
08/14/2019

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

In a joint project with Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, inmates at SCI Huntingdon are participating in Riparian Buffer Vocational Training. Through the program, inmates will learn the important roles riparian buffers play in mitigating water pollution, how to plant riparian buffers—and what exactly riparian buffers are! Following the program the inmates will have new experience and skills for in-demand jobs.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2N6hGKm

(Pictures by Shea Zwerver, DCNR)

On Friday, July 26th, NY Times published this beautifully written piece that will get you thinking about death and how s...
07/31/2019
Rest Me in a Pine Box and Let the Fiddle Play

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/well/family/rest-me-in-a-pine-box-and-let-the-fiddle-play.html?fbclid=IwAR1ptBtj1gXTh0ogOyU2tFi0ZCZH1ozdaABATpoN36cSmuevE4Cv-3V1NqM

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 ...
07/29/2019

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.

In a recently published research study, scientists confirm that the "restoration of trees remain among the most effectiv...
07/11/2019
The global tree restoration potential

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...

06/27/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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.

Pennsylvania has seen a 10 percent increase in precipitation over the last 50 years and by 2050, precipitation will be 8 percent higher than it is now. For many parts of the commonwealth, 2018 was the wettest year on record.

Restore Pennsylvania will assist PA’s residents, businesses, and communities in adapting to the impacts of extreme precipitation events.

Learn more here ➡️ https://www.governor.pa.gov/restore-pennsylvania/#StormPreparednessandDisasterRecovery

06/04/2019
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

From now through late June, this is what #SpottedLanternfly nymphs look like. They're tiny now, but can have a big, bad impact later. If you see them, squash them.

And, if you’re outside the quarantine zone (find out here: https://bit.ly/2Fwqbaa) REPORT them!

Some amazing news to end the week! "...the educational system shall be a locus for propagating ethical and sustainable u...
05/31/2019
New Filipino Law Requires Every Student To Plant 10 Trees If They Want To Graduate

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

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2019/05/29/new-filipino-law-requires-every-student-to-plant-10-trees-if-they-want-to-graduate/?fbclid=IwAR3_JhbPJBCK0Wgxu4SywgUco83qejrdrvK-NZcD1tR9LnGygGknWy3Ln20#78574cd95aeb

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.

05/29/2019
Urban Wood Goods

Do you know any woodworkers or artisans in the #urbanwood arena in PA?! We'd love to hear about them.

From Chicago to Santa Monica.
Salvaged timber transforms our client's space.

Webinar: Thinking Beyond the Backyard: Diversity in Urban Tree Plantings across the Northeastern USAHappening in 10 minu...
05/21/2019
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Thinking Beyond the Backyard: Diversity in Urban Tree Plantings across the Northeastern USA - Community Forestry Management Webinar Series. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

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!

Register at
https://psu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nyDMKDAQQdSkj4LZZw-fhg

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....

When planting tree stock this Arbor Day think about the changing climate! Will that species adapt or should you consider...
04/25/2019
Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/25/climate/trees-climate-change.html?fbclid=IwAR1RsR_LzNeKZhhn1I1syVDKhAIQNm9FYI_n68628b3v6vQXefV7rYreBYA

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,...
04/23/2019
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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.

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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 o...
04/23/2019
The Absolute Best Hike in Every State

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.

How can Appalachia communities build resiliency? Here is 6 of the 7 suggestions:1. Investing in infrastructure 2. Engagi...
03/25/2019
Promoting economic resilience in Appalachia: Lessons from successful communities | Penn State University

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.

https://news.psu.edu/story/565042/2019/03/22/research/promoting-economic-resilience-appalachia-lessons-successful

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...

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GALLERYD.ORG MUSSER'S park, Sunday, June 2 I had the pleasure of meeting some of the staff "LANCASTER TREE TENDERS PROJECT". Thanks, Kristen and Sandy, ladies... STEVENS AVE. LANCASTER, PA. DD
Just an FYI -- we love our tree but the retention ropes were tied very tightly and we've had to cut them off. The tree is now girded. If we had known to check for this, it would have helped a lot.
**People and their Plants in 19th Century Port Richmond (Philadelphia)** - A FREE Archaeology Day talk on Sat. Oct 6th. at 10:43am at the National Constitution Center's Kirby Auditorium. Archaeologists recently excavating in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia discovered 150+ year old seeds. These seeds help us better understand how people used plants during the 19th century. Just as today, plants were eaten as food, taken as medicine, used for decoration, or simply reflect the natural environment of a location. Archaeologists Danial King and Alexandra Crowder (from AECOM-Cultural Resources) will talk about discovering these seeds while working on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s I-95 highway improvement project and will share what the seeds tell us today about plants and people living in mid-19th century Philadelphia. This is one of many new archaeological discoveries being shared with the public when local archaeology researchers come together to highlight the cutting edge archaeological discoveries from our area at "Archaeology Day 2018! -Explore Philly's Buried Past!" a FREE day-long event hosted by the National Constitution Center. Program schedule, directions, and parking at https://www.phillyarchaeology.net/celebrate-archaeology-day-explore-phillys-buried-past-2018/ This event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and Independence National Historical Park.