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Union Avenue, Sycamore Street eyed for new trees in Harrison

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Brian C. Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
Freshly planted trees line California Avenue in Harrison on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

More trees could be coming to Harrison.

Part of Union Avenue in the Natrona Heights area and Sycamore Street in Natrona are being considered for planting, said Tom Cajka, chairman of the township’s tree committee.

A total of 50 trees are being considered. Of those, 30 would be planted along the length of Sycamore, while 20 would go on Union between Montana and Idaho avenues, Cajka said.

Cajka said they’re looking to plant trees in the Natrona section of the township because they’re running out of visible locations to put them in Natrona Heights.

“The more trees we plant, the better it is,” he said.

The locations are still open to discussion and change, he said.

Commissioners are expected to vote on Monday to apply for a “ TreeVitalize ” grant to pay for the trees. The amount of the grant, or how much the trees would cost, are not yet known, Cajka said.

The grant application is due in mid-March, and the township should know in the spring if it is successful. If so, Cajka said the trees would be planted in two separate planting sessions in late October.

If it happens, it will follow the planting of 40 trees in Natrona Heights. Of those, volunteers planted 27 in November around Highlands Golden Rams Stadium . Another 13 are slated to be planted this spring on 12th Avenue.

Those trees are part of a $125,000 grant through the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and The Pittsburgh Foundation that is also paying for a proposed rain garden on the grounds of Highlands Middle School.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.