Tree Nursery
Matthew Erb
matt@treepittsburgh.org
March 2011 -Transforming a neglected and blighted space
Infrastructure and staff
How did we decide what to grow?
Influenced by our non-profit and local
nursery partners

What species are missing from our...
Species List prior to award

Additional species added as of July
2011

Added since July 2011

Kentucky coffetree

Loblolly...
Seed
Source
Public
Education
Green
Jobs
1st planting
Spring 2012
Moving Forward
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•
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Business plan
Contract Growing
Quality over quantity
Species Diversity
Urban Forest Master
Plan ...
Urban Forest Master Plan
• Tree Diversity Goals and Recommendations
– Limit planting of Asian Longhorned Beetle host
speci...
A Community Tree Nursery Case Study
A Community Tree Nursery Case Study
A Community Tree Nursery Case Study
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A Community Tree Nursery Case Study

Matthew Erb, Tree Pittsburgh

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Tree Pittsburgh staff will share a case study of their community tree nursery where thousands of seedlings grow for restoration tree plantings across the City. Learn how species are chosen to grow and seed stock is selected and collected by volunteers and how the nursery operates. Staff will also share how education program has been adapted to capitalize on the nursery space and how volunteers are engaged in tree propagation.

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  • Started out as an experiment at the office – starting in front window and back patio
  • Site Prep – volunteer effort and professional site prep
  • Grant funds used to install infrastructure = hoop house, shed, fence
  • A Community Tree Nursery Case Study

    1. 1. Tree Nursery Matthew Erb matt@treepittsburgh.org
    2. 2. March 2011 -Transforming a neglected and blighted space
    3. 3. Infrastructure and staff
    4. 4. How did we decide what to grow? Influenced by our non-profit and local nursery partners What species are missing from our list? What are your current and future restoration planting projects? What size is ideal for you? How many trees will you need each season? Would you consider using our trees in your restoration effort?
    5. 5. Species List prior to award Additional species added as of July 2011 Added since July 2011 Kentucky coffetree Loblolly pine Pitch pine Bald Cypress Cedar (Thuja, Chamaecyparis, Juniperus) Sweet Bay Mag Big Leaf Mag Dawn Redwood White Spruce Cottonwood Pawpaw Yellow Buckeye Persimmon Hybrid Buckeye Virginia Pine Osage Orange Devils Walking Stick Black Walnut (discontinued due to new invasive disease) Cucumber Magnolia Black Gum Hickory Chinese Toon Colorado Blue Spruce Red Oak White Oak Bur Oak Swamp White Oak Chestnut Oak Swamp Chestnut Oak Chinkapin Oak Sweetgum Giant Sequoia Yellow Birch American Chestnut Redbud Carolina Silverbell Alternate leaf Dogwood Honeylocust Bristlecone pine Eastern white pine Chokecherry Black Locust Hackberry Monkey puzzle
    6. 6. Seed Source
    7. 7. Public Education
    8. 8. Green Jobs
    9. 9. 1st planting Spring 2012
    10. 10. Moving Forward • • • • • Business plan Contract Growing Quality over quantity Species Diversity Urban Forest Master Plan recommendations • Reducing carbon footprint
    11. 11. Urban Forest Master Plan • Tree Diversity Goals and Recommendations – Limit planting of Asian Longhorned Beetle host species – Restrictions/Moratorium on other species • • • • Fraxinus spp. Pyrus calleryana Quercus Sect. Lobatae (red oak family) Tsuga canadensis – Increased use of conifers, recommended at 20% of all plantings

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