On Saturday November 8, NMRWA held their final tree planting of 2014.Â Eleven volunteers, together with NMRWA staff, worked to plant six trees.Â Four of those trees were planted along Columbia Avenue in Swissvale. The other two were planted near the corner of Union Street and Lacrosse Street.Â Among the six trees were hedge maple, katsura, hybrid elm and redbud species. In the past, Columbia Avenue was lined with many large London Plane trees. Many residents looked forward to this planting as a way to start reestablishing the tree canopy along Columbia.
Annual planting and stewardship of new and existing trees is essential to sustaining a constant tree canopy in an area.Â Many tree experts abide by a 1:1 ratio of tree removals to tree replacement as a sustainable policy for maintaining canopy cover.Â A 2:1 ratio of removals to replacements is a policy adopted to increase canopy cover.Â Once all of the trees were installed, volunteers reconvened to enjoy hot soup and good conversation. Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make this event great.Â Another thank you to Swissvale councilperson Julie Grose for allowing NMRWA staff to set up materials and snacks in her front yard.