125 timber are to be planted on the Eliza Furnace Path in Pittsburgh

The nonprofit Pittsburgh Tree will plant 125 trees and shrubs along the Eliza Furnace Trail on Tuesday as part of the organization’s ongoing goal to replace lost canopy.

Tree Pittsburgh employees will be working with the Arbor Day Foundation and Target Corporation for the event.

Planting begins at 10 a.m. The planting site is about half a mile east of the parking lot on Second Avenue of the Path. The trees and shrubs planted, according to Tree Pittsburgh, provide shade for runners, hikers and cyclists as well as “a buffer against noise and air pollution caused by traffic on the parkway.”

Tree Pittsburgh, a nonprofit environmental organization that restores and protects urban forests, and numerous partners have been planting trees along the trail for more than a decade, according to a press release. The group has hosted several tree-planting events through numerous partnerships, including one in November 2020 that planted 50 trees along the way.

“It is very exciting to finally fill this exposed segment,” said Jake Milofsky, director of tree maintenance and reforestation at Tree Pittsburgh, in a statement. “As the vegetation matures, it will change the character of this path for generations.”

A Tree Pittsburgh PowerPoint recorded the loss of more than 10,000 acres of tree canopy in Allegheny County from 2010 to 2015. Pittsburgh lost the most acres – about 1,007 – during this period, representing a loss of about 3% in tree canopy for the city.

Teghan Simonton is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Teghan at 724-226-4680, tsimonton@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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