Presented by Alicia Wehrle and Brian Crooks, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; Frank Dawson, J. Frank Studios; and Jeff Bergman, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh
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The City of Pittsburgh rests along the banks of three major rivers and its shorelines encompass a vibrant network of riparian greenspaces. From Point State Park to the summit of Mt. Washington, residents and visitors alike are drawn to the allure of these urban waterways. An industrial legacy, exotic plant species, and economic development provide unique opportunities for riparian buffer restoration. The Pittsburgh Redbud Project is a community forestry initiative to increase urban riparian tree canopy while highlighting the ancillary cultural and aesthetic benefits. Since 2016, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has planted thousands of trees and complementary plant material within the viewshed of downtown Pittsburgh. Exotic plant species have been removed and replaced with native flowering trees. Swaths of sod have been transformed into planting beds and rain gardens. Tree seedlings have been rappelled down c liffs and others planted by boat. By cultivating partnerships with key property owners and engaging the public through numerous planting and maintenance events, the Redbud Project has created an attractive reminder to celebrate the beauty of urban riparian buffers.