PITTSBURGH, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Three City of Pittsburgh communities
are joining Duquesne Light in celebrating Arbor Day with special tree planting
events this week. Students at the Homewood Montessori School in Homewood and
the Friendship Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science in the
Bloomfield/Friendship area will hold Arbor Day celebrations on Friday,
April 27. Members of the Fairhaven Greenway Task Force in the Overbrook
section of the City, along with local Cub Scouts, will be planting trees in
honor of Arbor Day on Saturday, April 28. In the tradition of Arbor Day's
origins as a national holiday to plant trees and teach children about the
value of trees to the community, activities will include the planting of trees
donated by Duquesne Light, and demonstrations by Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree
arborists of responsible tree care and proper tree-pruning techniques.
Homewood Montessori School
Students and teachers at the Homewood Montessori School on Hamilton Avenue
in Homewood will convene on school grounds at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27,
to plant an Eastern Redbud tree to honor Patricia deGroot, a teacher at the
school who is retiring at the end of the school year following a 30-year
career. DeGroot has spend more than 21 of those years teaching at the
Homewood Montessori School.
Friendship Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science
Several trees and shrubs will enhance the grounds of the Friendship
Academy of Mathematics and Natural Science along South Graham Avenue in the
Bloomfield/Friendship area thanks to the efforts of about 50 students. In
addition to celebrating Arbor Day, the planting will mark the first step in
developing a nature walk around the school. Beginning at 1:15 p.m. on Friday,
April 27, students will be planting a Cherry Dogwood tree, a Pioneer Elm tree
and an Autumn Purple Ash tree, along with pink Rhododendron and Bayberry
bushes. As part of the Arbor Day celebration, Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree
arborists will provide a complimentary pruning of deadwood on the landscaped
trees around the school along with proper tree-pruning demonstrations.
Overbrook Fairhaven Greenway
A new Thundercloud Plum tree and a Sugar Tyme Crabapple tree will join the
landscape of the Fairhaven Greenway located along Homehurst Avenue in
Overbrook. The planting is part of the on-going efforts of local residents to
transform an abandoned 40-acre city lot into a neighborhood green space. This
Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., the Fairhaven Greenway Task Force will be
joined by Boy Scout Cub packs 601 and 614, and Duquesne Light and Lewis Tree
arborists in planting the trees and continuing to cleanup the vacant property.
Friday, April 27, is the 128th anniversary of Arbor Day, a national "tree-
planting holiday." It was Nebraska journalist and newspaper editor J.
Sterling Morton who first proposed Arbor Day in 1872, stating: "Each
generation takes the Earth as trustees. We ought to bequeath to posterity as
many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed."
Participation in annual Arbor Day activities reinforces Duquesne Light's
commitment to enhancing the environment, particularly caring for our urban
forest. Duquesne Light has been an annual recipient of the Tree Line U.S.A.
award since 1999. This national award is presented by the National Arbor Day
Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters to
recognize public and private utilities across the nation that demonstrate
practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The Tree Line
U.S.A. program is designed to promote the dual goals of dependable utility
service and abundant, healthy trees in America's communities.
Duquesne Light conducts an extensive tree management program using
qualified arborists to properly care for and prune trees. The company's goal
is to manage the urban forest to maintain healthy, beautiful trees in harmony
with safe, reliable electric service. The utility's skilled professionals
work in cooperation with each borough, township and community where vegetation
management activities are implemented.
For more information on Duquesne Light's management of the urban forest,
visit the Customer Services section of the Duquesne Light website at
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