The section of Catfish Run where a riparian buffer was planted runs along Corrigan Drive in the vicinity of the Ice Rink. The area totals about 2 acres and was planted on two occasions with the help of volunteers. A variety of native trees, shrubs and flowering plants that attract pollinators were featured here. Some of the species include Pawpaw, Chokeberry, American Hornbeam, Serviceberry, Redbud and Milkweed. By the end of both planting sessions, 1,685 trees, shrubs and perennials were planted.
Volunteers were engaged from Peters Creek Watershed Association, Student Conservation Association, C Power Energy Management and students from Gateway Middle School.
A riparian forest buffer is an area adjacent to a stream, lake, or wetland that contains a combination of trees, shrubs, and/or other perennial plants and is managed differently from the surrounding landscape, primarily to provide conservation benefits.
– USDA Forest Service
The Allegheny County Parks Foundation raised the funds for this project. Funding was provided by: