Forestry


The Township owns approximately 733 acres of developed park lands and natural open spaces.  These parks provide for many different activities and ecosystems for folks of all ages to enjoy.  The Township takes great pride in managing its natural forests in a sustainable manner for the wildlife to thrive and native habitat to flourish.  With a diverse mix of hardwood, softwoods, shrubs, ground level forested flora, and wildflower meadows, there is always something intriguing for park users to view, such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, great blue heron, red fox, broad-winged hawk or numerous other animals.  Or if the native plants provoke your entertainment, enjoy the stands of Sugar Maple, Oak, Beech, White Pine, Hackberry and Hickory trees, or look for the lesser common American Hornbeam, Dogwood and American Holly.

Boyce Mayview Park is a great place to participate in birding, or bird watching, or take a hike along the 11 miles of natural surface trails, or take in the spectacular views.   In the spring season witness the native trilliums by the Wetlands, or find some shade relief in the forest during the hot summer months.  The fall leaf color change is always a delight to view, or enjoy the quiet scenery of a winter day at any neighborhood park.  Please visit our parks and experience what Mother Nature has provided us!

Property owners are responsible for all landscape plants located within their property, as well as the adjacent right-of-way.  Vegetation encroaching into the street or causing vehicular or pedestrian obstructions, including limited sight distance, should be avoided at all times.   These landscape issues cause damage to school bus lights, Township and private vehicles, and personal injury along sidewalks.

Trees that extend over the roadway are required to be maintained with a minimum 13 feet of vertical clearance above the edge of the road to ensure safe vehicle passage.  Evergreens should not extend over the roadway.  Sidewalks should have an 8’ overhead clearance. 

Our community has many beautiful and stately trees, unfortunately sometimes trees do become diseased, insect infested or turn into hazardous situations that lead to potential injury to personal property.  The Township, with the excellent cooperation of property owners, has initiated treatment programs that identify infected trees for removal.

Ash – White and Green Ash

Ash trees are highly susceptible to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), this insect has recently decimated many Ash trees and is continuing to attack the Ash trees in our area.  Unless these trees are treated to resist the EAB attacks, then the Ash tree will most likely become a threat and cause hazardous situations to pedestrians and property owners.  As the Ash trees succumbs to the EAB attacks, the branch unions to the trunk of the tree become very weak and have the potential to fall to the ground.  If you should have questions about your trees, please do not hesitate to contact the Township forester.

Oak – Red and White Oak family

The Oak trees are very susceptible to Oak Wilt Disease.  Oak Wilt disease is a vascular disease that …. One way the disease spreads is by cutting the wood of the tree during the active growing season (March through November).  When cutting the tree during the growing season, it is necessary to seal the tree wound with paint, such as a latex paint.  Sealing the wound reduces the chance of the nitidulid beetles from attacking the fresh sap of tree.  Trees tend to graft roots with like trees, and in this case, the disease can spread rather quickly to the roots, and possible infect other Oak trees with the disease.  Herbicides are available to help resist the spread of Oak Wilt, however, they can only help prevent the tree from becoming affected with the disease, not treat it. 

Elm Trees – American, Slippery, Rock Elm trees 

The Elm trees are very susceptible to Dutch Elms Disease (DED) and Elm Yellows.  DED symptoms are the result of a fungus infecting the vascular (water conducting) system of the tree.  Infection by the fungus results in clogging of vascular tissues, preventing water movement to the crown and causing visual symptoms as the tree wilts and dies.  Elm yellows is a bacteria-like organism, spread by tiny insects called leafhoppers, which affects the inner bark carrying nutrients to all parts of the tree, including the root cells.  An infected tree cannot receive adequate nourishment and, by the end of summer, its leaves turn yellow and it dies.  Elm yellows spreads rapidly from tree to tree and has devastated elms in localized pockets throughout the United States.

Contact

Information

The Department of Public Works

P. 412-831-9000
(Ext. 271)
F. 412-854-5330

Monday-Friday
7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

1751 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241