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Rotary accepts challenge to plant 100 trees at Beechwood

Tawnya Panizzi
| Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area planted 36 trees on Oct. 18 at Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel.
Tawnya Panizzi | Tribune-Review
Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area planted 36 trees on Oct. 18 at Beechwood Farms in Fox Chapel.

There are 36 new trees at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve thanks to efforts by the Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area .

Members spent Oct. 18 digging holes, planting, staking and fencing the new additions to the campus along Dorseyville Road.

Beechwood Farms is a 134-acre sanctuary housing outdoor classrooms, a native plant store and walking trails.

The planting was a challenge issued by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, who asked the more than 1 million members worldwide to each plant a tree and raise awareness of environmental stewardship.

“Our club took up the call and decided to donate funds and time to plant trees for each of our 100 members,” branch Past President George Dull said. “Beechwood Farms was looking to extend its tree coverage and was looking for some help — Rotary to the rescue.”

Students from Fox Chapel Area High School’s International Club joined adults to help at the outing, and members of other school clubs, including the Rotary Interact Club, will complete the planting of 100 trees to fulfill the goal and enhance the property. Bidwell Horticulture Technology students and those from the University of Pittsburgh also helped.

Jim Bonner, Audubon Society executive director, said he is grateful for the volunteers’ commitment to the environment and the region.

“These trees will support native wildlife, mitigate climate change and add to the beauty of the reserve,” Bonner said.

The trees will support the health of the Pine Creek watershed while sequestering carbon, he added. Species planted included paw paw, serviceberry, sweetbay magnolia, alternate-leaf dogwood, Chinquapin oak, redbud, yellow buckeye and a variety of other native species from the Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery.

“It was a wonderful experience for our club,” Dull said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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