Discovering Chestnut Hill

Tour & Lecture Series

All photos are courtesy of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

“Philly Tree Plan” Lecture with Erica Smith Fichman
Date: Thursday, February 22, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Virtual, via Zoom
Click HERE to register. Conservancy Member Admission $15.00 and Non-Member Admission $25.00

This talk will introduce you to the Philly Tree Plan, a ten-year strategic plan for the equitable planting and care of Philadelphia’s urban forest.  Learn about the state of Philadelphia’s urban forest and how it has changed over the past ten years, how the Philly Tree Plan was created and what residents had to say about their urban forest, what the Plan recommends, and the progress that has been made since its release in 2023.

During the lecture, we’re excited to share that the “Philly Tree Plan” program will also address the preservation of heritage trees on private land, a topic of importance to many in our community

Erica has spent her career connecting people with plants.  As the Acting Manager of the Urban Forestry Unit at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, she oversees many projects, including the TreePhilly Community Forestry program, street and park tree planting and maintenance, and emergency tree work.  She was 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, released in 2023.  She is an ISA-certified arborist and the Arbor Day Foundation’s 2018 Trailblazer Award recipient.  Erica received a B.S. in biology from Haverford College and an M.S. in environmental horticulture from the University of California, Davis.

Following Erica’s presentation will be a Q&A. If you would like to submit any questions in advance, please email Conservancy Programs and Communications Manager Chrissy Clawson at

In addition to our generous sponsors and supportive businesses, the Discovering Chestnut Hill Tour and Lecture Series is sponsored by John B. Ward & Co. Arborists.

Tickets: Conservancy Member Admission $15.00, and Non-Member Admission $25.00