Jun 02 2014

Schenley Park: Subtract and Add

Published by at 7:15 am under Schenley Park

Daisies at the Bartlett meadow, 31 May 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)
There’s a lot going on in Schenley Park near the corner of Bartlett Street and Greenfield Road.  Last weekend I noticed two subtractions to make way for additions.

Making a Meadow:

If you’re familiar with the grassy hill that sweeps down from Beacon to Bartlett you’ll notice that it changed recently.  There are green grass paths, ropes to guide you along the paths, and brown grass everywhere else.  The dead grass will be “subtracted” to make a meadow!

Schenley Park, medow preparation at Beacon hill, 31 May 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)

Here’s a map of the meadow from a presentation by Erin Copeland of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in May 2013.  Click here or on the map for the complete watershed restoration plan.

Schenley Park, future meadow at Beacon (from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Panther Hollow Restoration Plan)

The daisies above are blooming now in the tiny meadow at the Bartlett Shelter, top left of the map.  Next spring they’ll have neighbors.

 

Eradicating Oak Wilt:

Across the street from the meadow, oak wilt eradication at Prospect Circle is nearing its end.  Not only are most of the trees gone but the ground is bare.  The work is so thorough that you can see the bare spot from Greenfield Road through the remaining fringe of trees (if you look for it).

Oak wilt eradication at Prospect Circle as of 31 May 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)

To tree-lovers this seems sad but wildlife filled the niche immediately.  Red-tailed hawks love open-space perches and, true to form, I found a large, pale, red-tailed hawk perched on one of the remaining trees.  The smaller birds complained about her as she watched me take her picture.

Red-tailed hawk at Prospect Circle, 31 May 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)

Though many trees were subtracted, the Parks Conservancy has already begun reforestation by adding 30 trees nearby.

New trees planted at Prospect Circle, 31 May 2014 (photo by Kate St. John)

Watch for more additions in the months ahead.

Visit the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s website for plans and information.

(photos by Kate St. John)

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  1. John Thomsonon 02 Jun 2014 at 4:35 pm

    What a Park. That Conservancy is tremendous. Great natural environment to enjoy anytime with a friend. I look forward to some walks on the trails and the pond that I heard was reclaimed after so many years. Maybe stocked with fish.

    I would like to search for some Kudzu Vine. A well known invader. It has amazing properties for wild environment. Good shade. I had heard they train volunteers to identify it as well as other outstanding invasive plants to cut down/out. As they say in the South don’t leave your windows open at night they will make themselves at home. But I would like to transplant at home as an exotic “ornamental” as the people who brought it here from some tropical area where it knows it place. Along with some other favorites, Japanese Knotweed and Wild Grape Vine to name a few. Watch out for poison Ivy though. Scott Shalaway has a nice article on “Grapevines are Aggressive, But not dangerous” In Sunday Post- Gazette back inside page of the Sports/Outdoors section. Also one of course as you know he has lots of nature information posted on his web site. He has a radio call in talk show also every Saturday between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. WVLY 1370 AM and on line also of course called “Birds and Nature”/

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