There's no doubt about it -- Carnegie is going green.
The six-member Carnegie Shade Tree Commission was established less than two years ago and the group has not lost momentum.
The organization started by planting flowers in the Main Street planters and at the Sunflower Rain Garden near the historical society building on West Mall Plaza.
Then, 25 trees were planted late last year on West Main Street and Mansfield Boulevard.
In recent months, the commission has received three more grants, including a gift of 40 trees from TreeVitalize that are scheduled to be planted April 20.
TreeVitalize is under the auspices of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
"The nice thing about TreeVitalize is they totally try to put the right-size tree in the right-sized place," said Bridget Van Dorn, a commission member.
"We have far exceeded everyone's expectations," she said.
Mayor Jack Kobistek agreed.
"I think the group is making tremendous strides in our community," he said.
Still, the commission needs volunteers to help with the plantings April 20, rain or shine.
The TreeVitalize grant will allow another 25 trees to be planted on Mansfield Boulevard and Main Street and 15 trees will find a home at Carnegie Park.
Ms. Van Dorn estimated that 50 volunteers will be needed, even though TreeVitalize experts, Carnegie's public works department and an unnamed contractor will be on hand to do the digging.
Basic training for the plantings will begin at 9 a.m. April 20 at the 3rd Street Gallery, where lunch will be served when the work is completed.
Volunteers are advised to wear boots, jeans and gloves, and may register online at www.paconserve.org/300 or by calling Ms. Van Dorn at 412-279-4262.
The other new grants will allow the commission to conduct a green scan to evaluate for future improvements and for assembling a street-by-street tree inventory.
Later this month, Mr. Kobistek will issue an Arbor Day Proclamation that will recognize the commission's work.
Ms. Van Dorn said the proclamation will be the final requirement needed for the borough to be recognized as a Tree City USA.
The Carnegie Shade Tree Commission's email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Its purpose is to preserve and enhance Carnegie's greenery and create prosperity and beauty for the community.
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: email@example.com.