Trail Stewardship

FOR Trail Stewardship

Friends of the Riverfront’s stewardship program helps to restore and revitalize the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Three Rivers Water Trail by engaging individual and group volunteers in community service. About 95 percent of the maintenance work for these trail systems is performed by volunteers!


Friends of the Riverfront works to restore ecological integrity to formerly industrial areas in two ways: by planting native species to provide habitat and a balanced ecosystem, and by removing invasive species that harm the ecosystem. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Planting native species such as trees, shrubs, and bulbs
  • Removal of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species
  • Litter removal
  • Graffiti removal
  • Restoration of riparian buffers

Stewardship brochure

How to Get Involved

Individual volunteers are always welcome to attend FOR stewardship events, and most of the time there is no pre-registration required! Just visit the Calendar of Events for a full list of upcoming events and attend one that fits your schedule! A small number of events are listed as “At Capacity,” which indicates that these events are full and we cannot accommodate any additional volunteers. If you have questions about volunteering, or about a specific event, please contact our Director of Stewardship,

We are happy to plan custom events for groups of 10 or more, and can cater to specific areas of interests and programming needs. We’ve planned projects for a variety of organizations, including community groups, corporate days of service, universities, and scout troops. If your group is interested in planning an event, please contact Director of Stewardship, at


Trail Steward
Our Trail Stewards are the eyes and ears of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and the Three Rivers Water Trail. Trail Stewards are volunteers who monitor a specific segment of trail two or more times a month, addressing minor issues such as litter or invasive species, and report larger issues to the Stewardship Coordinator. Trail Stewards also provide maps and information to trail users as needed.

Learn more about our Trail Steward Program

The Tireless Project
Friends of the Riverfront is a partner organization of The Tireless Project, a program of Allegheny CleanWays. The Tireless Project is a collaboration of local organizations and groups committed to the stewardship of Pittsburgh’s waterways. For more information or to volunteer, please contact SamWeaver the Tireless Project & Education Coordinator call at 412.381.1301. or

For more information, please contact:

Valerie Beichner
Executive Director


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Tell us How You’d Like to Help

As we steward the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and our region’s riverfronts, we could really use your help. Take a look at our TRHT Events to see what upcoming events you might want to participate in. Check out the Trail Steward Program, it might be a perfect fit for you. Then let us know how you’d like to help by submitting the form below and we’ll contact you.