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KEYS Members Beautify Highland Park

On Saturday, April 14, KEYS Service Corps continued their celebration of AmeriCorps by joining the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for a service day at Highland Park. A group of more than 100 volunteers - including all of the current KEYS members - performed a variety of beautification projects around the park. Projects included mulching and landscaping; removing invasive species; and planting more than 300 plants, flowers, and trees. 

Work was completed at the main entrance along the steps and reservoir, and also on the hillsides along the hiking and biking path further into the park. In total, the event provided the park with 404 hours worth of volunteer time.

While the volunteers’ work improved the aesthetics of the park, it also had many environmental benefits. Removing the invasive species will allow native herbaceous plants to thrive. Additionally, the newly planted trees - consisting of maples, birches, dogwoods, white pine, sassafras and larches - will improve biodiversity and habitat, control erosion, absorb and clean storm water, and improve air quality.

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