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Hundreds Of New Trees Take Root On South Side Trail

SOUTH SIDE (KDKA) – There's serenity on the South Side Trail. Thousands enjoy the path each year. And on Friday, the trail was full of even more life as hundreds of new trees took root.

More than 100 volunteers received instructions Friday morning for the tree planting along 4th to 10th Street to dig new homes for 400 trees.

Through a grant program sponsored by FedEx and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Pittsburgh was chosen among 15 urban projects nationwide. FedEx created the program as a way to erase some of the pollution it creates.

"It's part of our commitment to environmental stewardship," said Jerry Swart of FedEx Environmental Services. "This is part of an earth smart outreach. We've contributed about $500,000 to urban tree planting projects across the nation."

Tree Pittsburgh helped coordinate the planting of the saplings on Friday, with the help of the green thumbs of dozens of FedEx volunteers.

While many enjoy the space just as it is, no one is complaining about seeing more green along the South Side Trail.

"They provide beauty to our city," said Danielle Crumrine of Tree Pittsburgh. "Pittsburgh is known for the beautiful green ribbon that encircles the city. So we're adding to that."

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