Weathering the “Perfect Storm”
Philip Gruszka, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
In 2010, emerald ash borer was detected 11 miles north of Pittsburgh, this same year the cities most "natural" park was confirmed with oak wilt disease. Park managers saw an unprecedented convergence of destructive insects and diseases. Without the right information and resources, mitigation efforts were hopeless in an economy that has the City challenged to fund the most basic functions of government.