Micro Intervention: TreeVitalize

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The TreeVitalize Philadelphia Tree Planting Program supports neighborhood volunteer tree planting by supplying trees and limited services to help prepare planting locations. Organizations and groups in Philadelphia that are willing and able to organize a neighborhood volunteer tree planting event of at least 10 trees are provided those trees free of charge.

TreeVitalize is a program launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 2005 to increase tree canopy in urbanized areas.  The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is the lead partner for TreeVitalize in southeastern Pennsylvania. PHS is a private non-profit organization that motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture. Tree Tenders is a PHS training program offering free classes on tree biology, identification, planting, and proper care. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff oversees street tree planting and care within Philadelphia.

(a)biotic has found PHS to be a wonderful source for all things herbaceous and/or woody.  The link below is a wonderful resource for the amature and professional alike:


They are gearing up for the 2011 tree planting and are seeking volunteers and applications.  If approved a group can expect to be provided with:
  • Between 10 and 100 trees to plant in your neighborhood, based on your group’s request, capacity, and level of experience. The number, species, and type of nursery stock (balled & burlap, container, or bare root) of trees approved will be determined by PHS and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Bare-root trees will be used wherever possible. 
  • Cutting and removal of pavement, as needed and as funding allows. However, please note that if the property owner cancels the tree request after submitting the request form and the sidewalk has already been cut, the owner will be held responsible for the cost of replacing the pavement. (Property owners are also responsible for removing any stumps.) 
  • Tree stakes and ties. 
  • Priority enrollment for free PHS Tree Tenders training as well as other specialized trainings

For an application or information contact:
Mindy Maslin                                     Casey Combs                                  Liz Haegele
215-988-8844                                   215-988-8874                                  215-988-1618
mmaslin@pennhort.org                    ccombs@pennhort.org                    ehaegele@pennhort.org

Applications are due March 25, 2011

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