A digital newsletter sharing urban forestry information across Pennsylvania.
Winter 2016

Become a Tree City USA!

T ree City USA  appl ications are due Dece mber 31, and communities with an active shade tree program are encouraged to apply.  Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation, delivered in partnership with the state's Bureau of Forestry to recognize communities that understand the value that shade trees contribute to their residents'  quality of life. Municipalities of all sizes that actively oversee the care of public trees can generally meet the program requirements. Staff and equipment expenses as well as volunteer contributions can count toward the budget requirement. For further info click here. For specific questions, contact the state coordinator, Ellen Roane, at eroane@pa.gov

A free webinar providing an overview of the Tree City program is being offered Wednesday, December 21 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. 

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine exp anded to Bethlehem, PA  now  totaling 23 municipalities in six of the southeastern counties. The following are excerpts from a November 28th DCNR news release, read the full release here .

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest and is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. It is an invasive species here in Pennsylvania. The pest had not been found in the U.S. prior to its initial detection in Berks County in the fall of 2014. In the fall, adults lay egg masses containing 30-50 young, on nearly any flat surface, which can include outdoor furniture, equipment, stone and block. 

Ways to help avoid the spreading:
The general quarantine of these infested areas restricts movement of any material or objects that can spread the pest. This includes firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock, and any outdoor household articles like lawnmowers, grills, tarps and other equipment, as well as trucks and vehicles not typically stored indoors. 

If found:
If you see eggs on trees or other surfaces, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them in the garbage, or place the eggs in alcohol or hand sanitizer to destroy them. Should you be in a quarantine zone there is no need to report your finding. 

If you live outside the quarantined zone and find a specimen, first place the sample in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container. Then, submit the specimen to your county Penn State Extension office or to the department's entomology lab for verification. Do not move live specimens.

On Wednesday, February 21 from 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm, Penn State Extension Educator Emelie Swackamer will be hosting a webinar on the biology of the Spotted Lanternfly and the quarantine order and management options. View more event details here.

Free urban forestry and green infrastructure webinars to listen to at your leisure!

The Penn State Extension Urban Forestry Program has over 50 recorded webinars on topics including selecting the right tree species, pruning young trees, assessing tree condition, establishing tree ordinances, managing insects and diseases, and many more!  Check out all the recorded webinars  hereAnd if you are interested in learning more about the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater, check out   these webinars .

Congratulations to Mackenzie Shiner, winner of the #everybodystrees campaign. Check out her winning video describing why trees are a positive impact.

Shade Tree Commission Workshop held on November 12 th 
The Bureau of Forestry and Penn State Extension partnered to host the Southwest PA Shade Tree Commission workshop in Greensburg, PA. Attendees from as far as Maryland gathered to learn about the various resources available to assist Shade Tree Commissions to perform urban forestry work within their communities.  Presenters covered the newly released PA Tree Map resource and the Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for commissioners and interested persons to connect and learn from each other. 

DCNR Urban Forester, Celine Colbert shared " Shade Tree Commissioners are typically appointed and then offered little training or insight on how to fulfill their roles, that is where workshops like this can help to inform commissioners of the resources available to them."

If you are interested in learning about Shade Tree Commissions, please reach out to your local PSU Extension Forester or DCNR Service Forester and keep an eye out for programs like this coming to your area.
Brian Wolyniak, Penn State Extension Urban Forester for the Southwest region discussing tree ordinances at the Shade Tree Commission Workshop.

Partners in Community Forestry Conference held 
November 15 to 17 
Educators, consultants, researchers, Tree Pennsylvania staff, foresters,and many more assembled for the annual  Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Indianapolis, IN . All things urban forestry were discussed, from tree risk assessment to successful communications campaigns. Staff brought back innovative ideas and are excited to follow up with people they met to continue sharing ideas and best practices.

Nate Faris, Director of Community Forestry at Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful shows the group a bioswale in a low income Indianapolis neighborhood.

Volunteer Coordinator, Shea Zwerver and Grants and Development Coordinator, Jessica Cavey enjoying the company of Mario Francis, Chairman of the U.S. Virgin Islands Urban & Community Forestry Council.

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TreeVitalize is Pennsylvania's urban forestry program. This program is a partnership between PA Urban & Community Forestry Council, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh among many other organizations. Such partnerships are essential to TreeVitalize's continued success in restoring the urban tree canopy across the state and educating citizens about trees and their benefits.