- The City of Pittsburgh, formerly the capital of the American steel industry, suffered economic and social collapse in the late 1980s and 1990s. Since then, it has experienced an economic renaissance supported by the tech and medical care industries. However, despite the surprising recovery of the city, collapsed tax bases and changing public priorities have meant that some peripheral functions, such as the maintenance of parks and street trees have fallen by the wayside. Fortunately, citizen groups, partnering with independent consulting agencies and the city government have been able to band together to help drive a truly collaborative process to improve the health and benefits of the urban forest while creating local jobs. The City of Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan is part of a constellation of management tools and synergistic organizations which draw upon the expertise of a diverse set of stakeholders to create a robust and innovative forest management atmosphere that could well serve as a model for other recovering rust belt cities in the region.