The urban forest is a necessary part of a community’s infrastructure. Trees and other green infrastructure provide many important ecosystem services, including environmental benefits through stormwater management, improved air quality, and habitat for wildlife. Access to green space impacts human health, healing, and quality of life in our community. A healthy tree canopy also provides economic benefits through property values, increased business activity, and decreased energy use.

The grassy, brushy, or forested edges bordering streams and rivers are known as “riparian zones.” Riparian zones often serve as wildlife corridors for animals moving through an area. Planting trees and shrubs in these zones can help absorb and filter stormwater runoff, reduce soil erosion, provide food for people and animals, and provide critically important habitat for wildlife.

If you are a resident of McCandless, Ross, West View, Shaler, Reserve, or Millvale and interested in adding a tree or shrub to your landscape, please fill out this form. This will help us to apply for future funding for tree planting projects. Additionally, you can look out for sales and tree giveaways from Tree Pittsburgh.

Girty’s Run Watershed Association is a proud partner of the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, a collaborative effort of national, regional, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and citizens committed to improving Pennsylvania’s communities, economy, and ecology by planting 10 million trees throughout the Commonwealth by 2025.