Catfish Run Riparian Buffer

Catfish Run Riparian Planting


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


    • Allegheny County
    • Allegheny Conservation District
    • Allegheny Watershed Alliance
    • Municipality of Bethel Park
    • Peters Creek Watershed Association
    • Tree Pittsburgh
    • Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


The Allegheny County Parks Foundation raised the funds for this project. Funding was provided by:

    • Peaceable Kingdom Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
    • Allegheny County Conservation District
    • Allegheny County
    • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources