Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will hold the first of two Free Tree Giveaways from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2010 on the City-County Building Portico at 414 Grant Street (between Forbes and Fourth) in downtown Pittsburgh.
Free dogwood, crab apple and sweet gum saplings will be available on a first come, first serve basis to anyone who stops by during the allocated times. The saplings come with information on care and planting. Citizens are asked to register their sapling(s) online at www.treevitalizepgh.org or by calling 412-586-2396 once the tree is in the ground to help track tree planting in Pittsburgh.
A second Free Tree Giveaway will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Frick Environmental Center at 2500 Beechwood Blvd. in Squirrel Hill, as part of the City's Earth Day Celebration.
These events are in consortium with the TreeVitalize program, an initiative to help restore tree cover in Pittsburgh. TreeVitalize aims to plant 20,000 trees by 2012 in order to help reduce energy consumption, increase property values, improve air/water qualities, and improve human health.
Both events are sponsored by the Mayor's Office and the Shade Tree Commission. The City has held two previous Free Tree Giveaways - one in October 2009 and one in April 2008.
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