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Philly Tree Plan

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Project sponsors

Philadelphia’s urban forest strategic plan is being supported by:

  • William Penn Foundation.
  • TD Bank
  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Knight Foundation

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia is serving as the fiscal administrator.

Project team

The urban forest strategic plan process is being led by a project team composed of representatives from City agencies, local non-profit organizations, universities, and state and federal government agencies.

Name Title Organization
Lori Hayes Director of Urban Forestry Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Max Blaustein Nursery Manager, Natural Lands Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Jack Braunstein TreePhilly Program Manager Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Marisa Wilson Urban Forestry Community Organizer Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Christine Knapp Director Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Saleem Chapman Chief Resilience Officer Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
Mason Austin Senior Planner Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Stephanie Chiorean Environmental Staff Scientist and Planner Philadelphia Water Department
Elizabeth Svekla Planning Manager Philadelphia Water Department
Nagiarry Porcéna-Ménéus Program Manager Philadelphia Commerce Department
Emma Melvin Green Infrastructure Program Manager The School District of Philadelphia
Allison Schapker Director of Capital Projects Fairmount Park Conservancy
Luke Rhodes Project Manager Fairmount Park Conservancy
Dana Dentice Trees Program Manager Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Tim Ifill Associate Director of Trees Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Jason Lubar Associate Director of Urban Forestry Morris Arboretum
Rachel Reyna Section Chief PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry
Kalaia Tripeaux TreeVitalize Tree Equity Specialist PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry
Lara Roman Research Ecologist USDA Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station
Max Piana Post-doctoral Research Fellow USDA Forest Service Philadelphia Field Station
Bill Elmendorf Joseph Ibberson Professor of Community and Urban Forestry Penn State University

Project Lead:  Erica Smith Fichman, Community Forestry Manager, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (

Advisory committees

The urban forest strategic plan process has two advisory committees:

  • Community Voices Committee — composed of representatives from neighborhood-based nonprofits, CDCs, civic associations, advocacy groups, Tree Tenders groups, and Park Friends groups from across the city.
  • Steering Committee — composed of representatives from other City agencies, local and national nonprofit organizations, and state agencies.