“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – V. Lombardi
Plant Five for Life planted 1,200 trees in April; the first of 5,000 given to 1,000 newborns at birth! We did not do this work alone. This project was and always will be a collaborative effort. For this planting, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden were the property hosts; they offered the land on which the trees were planted - 2 acres of a former coal mine site under a 400+ acre reclamation by them. The gifts were given and announced through UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden brought their staff expertise using the forest reclamation approach to former coal mine sites, prepared the site and helped get the trees in the ground. The American Chestnut Foundation donated 100 chestnuts to the selection of nine species. Volunteers from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation and the surrounding community, including University students, joined us to plant the trees. In the run-up to the planting, friends of Plant Five like those from DYCLE and other colleagues around Pittsburgh offered support and helped with final details and communications. We had fun and good conversation while the sun shined; as a result, a forest sprang into action!
Stay tuned for more to come in October 2018 at this site and with these and other supporters. Contact us if you would like to join the team!