Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We'll Be Planting Trees for the Sake of Our Children

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We'll Be Planting Trees for the Sake of Our Children

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In the spirit of the International Day of Forests today, March 21, we encourage everyone to join with us and Plant Five for Life!

County data has shown the significant decline in our tree canopy (Feb. 28, "Allegheny County Tree Canopy Is Declining") is due in part to the natural aging, dying and removal of trees (3 to 5 percent). Harder to quantify is how this decline is attributed to a fundamental loss of connection to our environment and understanding that trees are life support, improving health and well-being.

Last year, we began Plant Five for Life to help nurture this connection and create more equal environmental opportunity starting at birth. Our core program begins with a mission to gift five trees to every child born in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and to then match those trees to sites nearest each child's neighborhood and in need of ecological and social services. …

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