Submitted by Caitlin on November 20, 2012 - 4:36pm
At this time of year, when most leaves have fallen from trees, conifers stand out in the landscape. Historically, only 3 species of conifers are native to Allegheny County. However, due to their evergreen needles and winter beauty, people have planted dozens of different species, from the common Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens) to unusual forms of false-cypress (Chamaecyparis spp.).
In 2011, Tree Pittsburgh started the Tree Nursery, with generous funding from the Sprout Fund's Spring Grant, to address the issue of urban forest biodiversity by providing a more diverse tree stock to use in local tree planting and ecosystem restoration efforts. By growing the trees locally with volunteers, we will have access to more affordable trees strengthening our capacity to plant more trees well into the future.