Reconstructing an Appalachian Woodland for Pittsburghers
About 20 minutes west of Pittsburgh, people are hard at work transforming a former mine site – typically areas that are toxic, degraded, and off-limits to the general public – into a botanic garden featuring native habitats. They’re using green practices and processes from start to finish: recycling all of the metal waste found on the site, using solar power for irrigation, treating the acid mine drainage, and restoring native ecosystems to their former grandeur. In the coming years, Pittsburghers will be able to enjoy a beautiful botanic garden – the only one ever to be created on an abandoned mine site!
With TogetherGreen funding, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden transformed 15 acres of the site into a native woodland habitat garden. Through a partnership with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the fifty-year-old social services organization Auberle, up to 100 neglected kids had the chance to be part of the transformation, visiting the site on field trips, learning about native woodlands, and helping with the reclamation and restoration.
This is exactly what TogetherGreen aspires to do: transform lives and land at the same time.