City unveils new tree management strategy for low-income neighborhoods

Mayor William Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission announced the Equitable Street Tree Investment Strategy Tuesday, which seeks to identify 10 low-income and low-canopy neighborhoods annually for focused, proactive and cyclical tree maintenance schedules, tree plantings and urban forest educational initiatives. The organization intends to improve the quality of life for current and future residents of these neighborhoods, according to a news release…

According to census records and street tree inventory data funded by the Shade Tree Commission, visualizations by the Create Lab at Carnegie Mellon University show low-income and Black communities disproportionately have fewer city street trees and thus see fewer benefits of trees.