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SHADE TREE COMMISSION . . .
 
 

The Shade Tree Commission is continuing their efforts to beautify and make Carnegie a greener community.

Meetings - Second Wednesday of the month 6:00pm

 


 
 

 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Carnegie Shade Tree Commission is to preserve and enhance the greenery of the municipality while creating prosperity and beauty within our community.

Members  

Bill Moldovan
Robert Podurgiel

Pamela Prophett

Brittany Ramos

Karyn Rok
Marlene Smith-Pendleton

 

 

 

A new website!

Exciting news: Tree Pittsburgh just launched a brand-new website!

We'd love for you to take a look at www.treepittsburgh.org and tell us what you think. Some of the (many) upgrades include a new events calendar, a blog, and a brand-new shop to purchase your favorite Tree Pittsburgh merch.

Love the new site? Have a problem? Let us know by contacting Maggie at maggie@treepittsburgh.org.

 

 

The Shade Tree Commission with the help of TreeVitalize has planted over 150 trees in the borough. This spring the commission added trees that sustain pollinators in the Main Street business district, as well as Sycamores along Chartiers Creek near the West Main Street Bridge. These trees will help to absorb stormwater, and our long-term goal with this planting is to establish a Great Blue Heron Rookery in town since Great Blue Herons love to nest in Sycamores along streams and creeks. Next spring we will plant a number of conifers along the heavy traffic corridors in town to absorb particulate pollution, a persistent health problem in Allegheny County. Conifers in several studies have been shown to be the most effective trees at absorbing and neutralizing particulates that contribute to health and respiratory problems for vulnerable populations, especially young children.

The Carnegie Pollinator Project started three years ago has converted all 100 street planters in town to pollinator-friendly plants that produce pollen and nectar throughout the growing season to the help butterfly and bee species recover from pesticide-induced mortality. The Commission has also planted milkweed in the two Main Street Rain Gardens to support the endangered Monarch Butterfly population. We are seeing a substantial increase in wildlife, bird, and insect species in town as a result of these efforts.

This is all part of our movement toward Deep Positive Adaptation to make the town more resilient in the face of climate change.

Oak tree in field of oilseed rape.

 

 

Bees have been regular visitors to the sunflowers in the planters on Main Street and in the sunflower garden next to the Historical Society Building. Itís nice to know Carnegie is helping the bees that have been having a hard time surviving lately. Despite the occasional sting, they are vital to pollinating the fruits and vegetables we enjoy each summer. ~ Bob Podurgiel, Shade Tree Commission.


Water Conservation
PA Department of Environmental Protection

Water Conservation

Rivers, Lakes & Streams

Stormwater

Wastewater

Drinking Water

Sinkholes

Septic Systems


DEP Bureau of Air Quality
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Trees over parking lots or on street islands reduce heat, absorb stormwater and filter air pollution


Carnegie Beautification Day Recap
View these photos from Clean-Up Day & other community projects. Through the help of community volunteers, Carnegie was able to start fresh this summer season.
Clean - Up  ~  Planters
Sunflower Garden
(Photos of Sunflower Paintings located on East Main Street)

View Post-Gazette article for mural background story.
Thanks to all who donated their time and efforts!

 
 
 
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