DPW Forestry and Shade Tree Commission Introduce Citywide Significant Tree Registry

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 26, 2021) The Department of Public Works and the Shade Tree Commission have proposed launching a Significant Tree Registry in the City of Pittsburgh in partnership with Tree Pittsburgh in order to formally recognize significant trees on public or private property and encourage the proper maintenance, care and protection of them.  

Tree Pittsburgh will be responsible for developing, promoting and managing the registry. Residents will be able to nominate significant trees based on several traits such as: 

  • Size  
  • Species   
  • Age  
  • Historic significance   
  • Ecological value  
  • Visibility  
  • Health  
  • Space  
  • Exceptionality  
  • Collection   
  • Grove 

The program will include community outreach, markers for trees and an online interactive map to inform the public about significant trees, local tree resources and the environmental benefits of trees in general.  

The partnership with Tree Pittsburgh for the registry was presented to City Council this week. If confirmed, the registry should be expected to launch in the winter. 

Additional information about City tree initiatives are available from the Forestry Division and the Shade Tree Commission. More information about Tree Pittsburgh programming can be found here.  


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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office