This talk will introduce you to the recently-released Philly Tree Plan, Philadelphia’s 10 year strategic plan for the equitable growth and care of our urban forest. Come learn about the current state of Philadelphia’s urban forest, how the Philly Tree Plan was created, and the progress that has been made since it was released in February 2023.
Suggested donation: $15
Presenter: Erica Smith Fichman
Erica has spent her career connecting people with plants. As the Acting Manager of the Urban Forestry Unit at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, she oversees the TreePhilly community forestry program, street and park tree planting and maintenance, and emergency tree work. She wass also the project lead for the Philly Tree Plan, a 10 year strategic plan for the equitable growth and care of Philadelphia’s urban forest, which was released in February 2023. She is an ISA certified arborist and the recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2018 Trailblazer Award. Erica received a B.S. in biology from Haverford College and an M.S. in environmental horticulture from the University of California, Davis.
What is the Philly Tree Plan?
This document is a 10-year strategic plan for the planting and care of Philadelphia’s urban forest. It was created by a Project Team of City, state, federal, and non-profit partners, along with multiple subcommittees, a Community Voices Steering Committee, and a consultant team, all guided by values of environmental justice, community engagement, and sustainability.
Text and image collage from the 2023 Philly Tree Plan