NeighborWoods over the Airwaves: Talk Trees on the Radio

College Park, MD (October 13, 2010)- This week two exemplary urban forestry organizations and ACT members demonstrated a simple outreach tactic that everyone can do: speak on public radio. Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks both spoke on their local NPR stations this week, promoting their NeighborWoods Month events and discussing the importance of urban trees.


It’s a smart move. Speaking on the radio is free, easy publicity to a huge audience. You can do it, too–just call up your local station! Take a look and listen to what Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest said on their NPR stations:
Grand Rapids, MI
On October 7 Steve Faber, executive director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, spoke with Shelley Irwin of WGVU about the organization’s October events and its plans for celebrating NeighborWoods Month.
Listen here.
Pittsburgh, PA
On Monday Danielle Crumrine, executive director of Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, was interviewed WDUQ about their Oct. 12 NeighborWoods tree planting project. Here is a news piece about the event by WDUQ:

A Memory Lane Tree Planting Event
Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest (FPUF) is kicking off their tree planting season today. More than 100 local residents, Home Depot volunteers, and FPUF members will gather to plant 30 trees along Memory Lane and Ammon Park. The event is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation and Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest.
For the second consecutive year, FPUF is one of 11 organizations nationwide to receive a $10,000 National NeighborWoods Grant-a tree planting initiative-from the Alliance for Community Trees and The Home Depot Foundation, which is helping to fund this campaign.
Executive Director Danielle Crumrine says this event will help make the Hill District a greener, cleaner and healthier community. “The idea is to partner with affordable housing providers to add green space and ultimately impact the quality of life in the neighborhood.”
Crumrine says there will be activities for all ages. She says the Legacy Arts Initiative will host a drum circle and workshop where kids can plant flower bulbs, collect leaves and have story time. The event will conclude with refreshments.
She says this is a great way for people to get involved and better their community and environment. “Trees help to make our neighborhoods better places to live. They help clean the air and reduce storm water runoff. They make our neighborhoods beautiful, impact our property values and leave a great legacy for future generations.”
The event will be held from 3-6 pm at Ammon Park and Memory Lane, near 2217 Bedford Ave.