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The naked trees will laugh (updated with photo)

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by Diana Nelson Jones/April 26

Just back from a very long weekend during which trees were often on my mind. My dog sniffs them all so I get to study their root flares, or lack This tree was recently blazed in Mount Washington Parkthereof, while I wait for her to finish her research. In a word, the life of a sidewalk tree is tight, even with the larger planting space standards the city has adopted.

But in Grand View Scenic Byway Park, the trees get to flare and grow naturally. In my inbox this morning was news of a very tree-friendly trail-This is a view from GVBSPblazing event there on Sunday. The Mount Washington Community Development Corp. - http://www.mwcdc.org - invites you to come out to help adorn trees in its trail system with color-coded knitted sleeves.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meet at the entrance to Grandview Park, 499 Bailey Avenue. And if you want to whip up a knitted tree sleeve (in some variation ofred, blue or yellow, about 10 inches wide), you can bring it.

The park has 10 miles of trails but many people are confused about where they are. These decorative pieces, which do not strangle trees and are biodegradable, will help hikers see where the trail goes as they are on it. Each marked tree will be visible from the previous one, said Ilyssa Manspeizer, the park's manager.

The knitted pieces have arrived at the MWCDC offices from all over the region from people who sit and work knitting needles while others engage in noisy activities around them. The CDC distributed postcards to knitting stores and other places that these practitioners are known to frequent. The postcard directions were to knit markers of varying lengths; the trees to be adorned will be selected during the event.

The U-shaped GVSB park is Pittsburgh's newest major park and is still being established, especially the steep parts where invasive vegetation and trees of inappropriate heights have not yet been switched out. It is 235 acres of woodlands, trails, playgrounds, playing fields, and views.

For more information about the Knit Trail Markers Project, visit www.mwcdc.org/involved/volunteerevents.htm. Questions? Contact Ilyssa Manspeizer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 412-481-3220 x204 or Rebekah Keating at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 412-481-3220 x 200.

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