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ACCD's Trees Are Five Years Old

ACCD's Trees Are Five Years Old

Trees are powerful. These silent giants are nature's built-in air purifiers, water filters, bird houses and flood controls. Planting a single tree has a lasting impact. Planting entire forests can transform the region.

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Why Protecting Trees Matters and What You Can Do

Why Protecting Trees Matters and What You Can Do

Tree loss is an issue that affects many. Countless benefits to our communities are thanks to trees. To prevent tree loss from getting out of hand, residents and developers alike can perform sustainable habits to make sure the trees around them have a healthy future.

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How Green Infrastructure is Making a Difference

How Green Infrastructure is Making a Difference

Aging infrastructure and climate change have made stormwater an ongoing issue. However, green infrastructure projects implemented around Allegheny County give the area an opportunity to manage stormwater in a sustainable way.

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Spotted Lanternfly: What You Need to Know

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive species native to Asia, feeds on 70+ plants, including timber and agricultural products, causing substantial economic damage across the state and mid-Atlantic.

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Are These Invasive Plants in Your Yard?

Invasive plants are common in Allegheny County and outcompete native species, reducing diversity and harming ecosystems. Learn to spot these invasive shrubs in your own yard.

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Do Fish a Favor: Stop Salting Your Sidewalks

While rock salt reduces winter road accidents, it also has serious, negative effects on aquatic ecosystems. At high concentrations, salt can be fatal to some aquatic animals.

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Leaves Aren't Litter

The practice of collecting fallen leaves and putting them in garbage bags is a waste of resources - both on behalf of homeowners and the environment. Using leaves as a resource rather than spending energy to haul them away will benefit your wallet, your yard and the environment.

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