MEDIA ADVISORY: NATIONAL GRANT FUNDS VOLUNTEER
PLANTING IN NORTH PARK
Allegheny County Conservation District to Plant 500 Trees to Improve Water Quality



PITTSBURGH (April 15, 2019) -- Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) and Allegheny Watershed Alliance (AWA) will plant native trees and shrubs in North Park on Saturday, April 27 to improve Pine Creek with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

WHERE: North Park, Avalon Shelter located off McKinney Road behind Administration Building (Closest address: 303 Pearce Mill Road, Alison Park, PA 15101)

DETAILS: Woods for Waters, a two-day volunteer planting in North Park with Allegheny County Parks Department will create a riparian buffer composed of more than 500 trees and shrubs of 21 different species over 2.6 acres to enrich park property and the Pine Creek Watershed.

Around 20 volunteers from FedEx Ground planted over 200 trees and shrubs from Tree Pittsburgh during an initial planting on Friday, March 29. A follow-up open volunteer day will take place on Saturday, April 27 to plant remaining trees.

Riparian buffers are essential to improving water, soil and air quality, as well as providing food and habitat for fish and wildlife. The benefits of this buffer will carry downstream and contribute to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s goal to plant over 95,000 acres of forested buffers by 2025.

The planting is made possible by project partners: Allegheny County Parks Department, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Allegheny Watershed Alliance, Friends of North Park, North Area Environmental Council, the Borough of Etna, Town of McCandless, Ohio Township, and Richland Township. The combination of county, nonprofit, and municipal support makes this a watershed effort.

Since 2017, ACCD in partnership with AWA has planted more than 1,000 native trees and shrubs over five acres of streamside property in Allegheny County. ACCD and AWA will plant 1,000 more trees in 2019 to improve regional water quality.

On-site contact: Rebecca Zeyzus, rzeyzus@accdpa.org, 412-291-8006

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About Allegheny County Conservation District: ACCD, an urban conservation district, provides specific programming aimed at improving Allegheny County’s natural resources and reducing non-point source pollution through technical assistance, resources, leadership and enforcement.

About Allegheny Watershed Alliance:The AWA, a nonprofit powered by the Allegheny County Conservation District, provides capacity-building tools and services to support watershed groups, public engagement and intermunicipal collaboration.

Please Contact: Emma Grubbs
Communications Coordinator egrubbs@accdpa.org