33 minutes | Oct 18, 2021

A Tree Grows in Pittsburgh

Park trees are vital to Pittsburgh. They offer immense benefits for all — from reducing peak temperatures in the summer, cleaning the air, providing a habitat for native wildlife, and so much. On average, Pittsburgh loses dozens of trees each day and continues to see acres of tree canopy disappear annually. According to the U.S. Forest Service, 100 mature trees will remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants while catching about 139,000 gallons of rainwater every year! Unfortunately, many of our park trees are under attack. Thousands are beset by pests, diseases, and storm damage. Devastating insects like the Spotted Lanternfly and fungal diseases such as oak wilt threaten more than 60% of our native tree population. In this episode, you'll learn more about Pittsburgh's tree population and the work the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy continues to do to support and protect our urban forest.
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