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Davey Resource Group (DRG) helped develop the City of Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Plan, released in 2012. For example, DRG recommended several hazard tree removals based on the data its team collected to improve the quality of Pittsburgh's urban forest.

Pittsburgh Bridges Urban Forestry Connections at Partners in Community Forestry Conference

November 6, 2013

Trees matter. From eliminating air pollution to protecting our sensitive ears from the noise pollution our busy, working lives create, trees benefit urban environments in several ways. But tree care providers and their communities must realize the efforts involved to sustain our invaluable forests for the benefit of future generations-now and looking ahead in the future.

That's where Davey and our fellow urban forest supporters step in.

This week, attendees, exhibitors and presenters from Davey Resource Group and the Davey Institute joined several organizations in Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Partners in Community Forestry Conference, organized by Arbor Day Foundation.

"Right now, Partners is the premiere conference within the urban forestry community," says Greg Ina, vice president and general manager of the Davey Institute.

Davey Resource Group street tree inventory
DRG used data from a street tree inventory its team conducted to determine solutions to improve the quality of the City of Pittsburgh's urban forest.

Davey, an event co-sponsor, was well-represented on the conference program, which included a presentation featuring DRG's involvement with the development of Pittsburgh's urban forest master plan. Josh Behounek, who drafted the plan proposal and assembled the project team, presented alongside Tree Pittsburgh's Matthew Erb and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Jeffrey Bergman.

"DRG was contracted by the City of Pittsburgh to complete its tree inventory in 2005," Behounek explains. "Through the data we collected, our project recommended the removal of several hazard trees."

"Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Plan: A Road Map for the Effective Management of Our Urban Forest" incorporates a tree inventory, Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessments, i-Tree Eco and i-Tree Streets. "The project involves all the great tools we have available for both public and private urban forest management," Behounek says. "This plan represents one of the best urban forest master plans in the U.S., which can serve as a model to other cities as well."

Davey Resource Group tree inventory Pittsburgh
DRG arborists collect data from trees in the City of Pittsburgh for a street tree inventory to prepare for the development of "Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Plan: A Road Map for the Effective Management of Our Urban Forest."

Ina, also chair of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), explained the connection between the community and NUCFAC during his conference presentation. The Davey Institute's Michael Leff co-presented a session about the Urban Ecology Collaborative with representatives from the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area as well.

"This conference represents the most innovative and progressive communities and nonprofits across the country," Behounek explains. "Those involved are our clients and partners, and it is crucial we continue to listen to their needs to find innovative solutions to their problems."

Pittsburgh simultaneously hosted several other events and association meetings in early November, including: The Nature Conservancy Continental Dialogue-Non-native Forest Insects and Diseases; Society of Municipal Arborists; the Alliance for Community Trees-ACT Trees Day; Tree Campus USA-Campus Trees and Sustainability Summit; and Utility Arborist Association (UAA)-Regional Meeting and Training.

On Twitter, for every original tweet including #pcf2013 and posted through Nov. 7, Davey will donate $1 to Tree Pittsburgh. Check out the conversation on Davey's Twitter page, and tell us about your passion for community trees!

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