Loblolly Pine Restoration Planting
Seventy five loblolly pines from the Tree Pittsburgh nursery found new homes in Schenley Park along Overlook Drive Monday, April 29. Many trees in the historic grove of existing evergreen trees, mainly Scotch pines, have either begun to senesce or have already died and been cut down.
The TreeVitalize Pittsburgh partnership facilitated this planting in an effort to replenish the population of evergreens with a new generation of trees and ensure this historic landscape remains in place. Representatives from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Tree Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works were on hand to plant the trees.
The Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society also provided valuable input, ensuring the planting would not interfere with the playability of the course. One frequent player even said that when the course was first constructed in 1988, the pines were far more dense than they are now and it was great to see the density increasing again!