Meet PPR’s New Director of Urban Forestry Lori Hayes
Lori Hayes began her career with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) as a Penn State summer student intern, June of 1981. Due to family circumstances, Lori had to get a job immediately. As a result of her internship experience, Lori decided to take the Grounds Maintenance Worker 1 test and passed. One of Lori’s proudest moments was that she began working with PPR when she was 21 years-old. After permanent appointment, she was able to advance within PPR as a Grounds Maintenance Worker 2, and Grounds Maintenance Worker 3 (Crew Chief).
In the early 90s, Lori became a Landscape Project Technician and oversaw contracts regarding street trees. In 1996, she was promoted to a Park District…show more content… Heading the Urban Forestry Department, my unit is responsible for the pruning, planting and removal of street trees. I manage the operations tree division, supervise the street tree contract unit, oversee TreePhilly, respond to emergencies involving trees— storms, weather emergencies, accidents, or trees falling from old age. I’m pretty much involved in everything that relates to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and tree care.
PPR: How do you feel about TreePhilly’s growth?
LH: I love it, I’m proud of the program, and I’m honored to be a part of it. Their slogan/logo is “City of Arborly Love,” which I love, as a green person myself. All the support from Philly’s citizens the past five years has been great, I’m watching the initiative’s reach grow larger every year. I have volunteered at the community yard tree giveaways, assisting with handing out trees and leading tree care demos, not knowing that in my future role I would be working closely with TreePhilly’s Program Director Erica Smith and Program Assistant Katy Ament. I’m excited about TreePhilly’s future and proud to have a closer relationship with that program.
What has been the favorite aspect of your PPR career?
LH: I like emergency response. If it is a critical situation I am there! We had an incident the same day as the Philadelphia Marathon and a tree came down on a moving car on Henry Avenue in the Northwest section of the city. The woman in the vehicle was