Plantings in North Park aim to bolster water, soil quality

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 11:31 AM


Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) and Allegheny Watershed Alliance (AWA) organized an event to plant native trees and shrubs in North Park on April 27 to improve Pine Creek with funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The event took place at the Avalon Shelter off McKinney Road behind the North Park Administration Building.

The project was aimed at establishing a riparian buffer composed of more than 500 trees and shrubs of 21 species over 2.6 acres to enrich park property and the Pine Creek Watershed. Riparian buffers are essential for improving water, soil and air quality, and they provide food and habitat for fish and other wildlife. The benefits of this buffer will carry downstream and contribute to Pennsylvania’s goal of planting more than 95,000 acres of forested buffers by 2025.

The planting was made possible by project partners including Allegheny County Parks Department, Allegheny County Parks Foundation, Allegheny Watershed Alliance, Friends of North Park, North Area Environmental Council, the Borough of Etna, the Town of McCandless, Ohio Township and Richland Township.