Gannon University’s TreeVitalize Project Back In Action On Saturday

Posted: October 8, 2015

This fall, there will be a few more leaves to rake in the City of Erie, thanks to Gannon University's TreeVitalize project.

On Saturday, Oct. 10 approximately 100 Gannon students, faculty and staff will be planting more than 125 trees at more than a dozen sites in the city. These sites will include the boulevards in W. 10th St., Parade Street near the bayfront, the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home, Frontier Park, the Sara Reed Children's Center, three community gardens and on W. 18th Street in the Historic Little Italy neighborhood.

Many of the trees are headed for the neighborhood served by the University's Erie-GAINS (Gannon Alliances to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative. The neighborhood is comprised of about 200 city blocks bordered by Presque Isle Bay to the north, Parade St. to the east, 11th St. to the south and the Bayfront Parkway to the west.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. in Room 104 of the Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St., as volunteers will combine a light breakfast with training on proper tree-planting techniques. Trees will be planted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at which time volunteers will return to campus for a lunch at Gannon's Knight Club, 162 W. Fourth St.

Since 2012, the project has planted hundreds of trees in Erie as part of a statewide initiative with the goal of restoring tree cover.

In Erie, Gannon's TreeVitalize project is designed to promote community engagement, beautify neighborhoods and increase the number of trees in predominantly urban areas. In selecting locations for new trees in the Erie-GAINS neighborhood, those properties with few or no trees, as well as areas with trees that have died, were given particular emphasis.

Gannon also hopes to use the trees to foster a greater understanding, among children in the area, of the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability.