Originating in West Virginia and western Maryland, the northward-flowing Youghiogheny River contains a unique habitat of rocky, flood-scoured flats and steep forested slopes.
It provides habitat for Large-flowered Marshallia and Sand Grape, two globally-rare species. WPC’s conservation efforts along the river will not only protect habitat for important plants and animals, but will augment recreational opportunities in the Youghiogheny River corridor.
Some of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s earliest land protection efforts, dating to the 1950s, were in the Youghiogheny River watershed. WPC played a key role in the creation of Ohiopyle State Park and the Youghiogheny River rail-trail and has helped expand the holdings of Forbes State Forest. Today, WPC continues its land protection efforts in this spectacular landscape.
WPC played a key role in the creation of Ohiopyle State Park and the Youghiogheny River rail-trail