FRIENDSHIP (KDKA) – A local group wants to stop what they call a rogue tree pruner that is damaging trees in Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship.
Some of the trees have been trimmed to the point that they may die.
Danielle Crumrine showed KDKA-TV’s David Highfield what has been happening to the trees on South Aiken Avenue in Friendship.
“There’s a rogue pruner on the loose. Someone who’s very enthusiastic about trees,” Crumrine said.
Crumrine is from a group called Tree Pittsburgh, which protects trees and plants new ones. She believes the pruner may think they’re doing the right thing, but she said they’re not.
Highfield: Could some of these trees die?
Residents in the area have differing opinions on what is going on with the tree pruning.
“I think it’s very odd. I’ve never heard of pruning a tree for vandalism,” Donnell Wilson said.
“I think it’s someone trying to do something nice and not knowing just how to do it,” Gwen Harcar said.
Crumrine said many of the most recently pruned trees were planted with federal money. They’re under warranty, but it’s no good because this damages is considered to be vandalism.
Crumrine also said that no matter the intention, it is vandalism, and that people are not supposed to prune trees on city streets without a permit.
She is urging anyone who wants to learn how to prune trees correctly to contact Tree Pittsburgh.
The organization will train people and take them out on pruning missions.