"Protecting our Rural Environment"

Are you creating or updating your will?

Providing for your family and favorite causes (and, perhaps, ensuring that less goes to “Uncle Sam” in taxes) are important personal considerations when making your legacy plans. We hope that caring for nature is on your list too. By including the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in your estate plans, you can help people enjoy nature — whether in a stream or forest, in passing a community garden on a drive, or by experiencing Fallingwater — as a part of your legacy.

Flowers from a community garden.

That is why Richard and Marie Ulsh of Johnstown, longtime WPC members and volunteer land stewards, added the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to their estate plans.

The Ulshes “trust the Conservancy’s leadership to achieve the greatest impact possible” with their unrestricted support. You may, like the Ulshes, choose to leave your bequest unrestricted or designate it for a program of particular interest. We will be pleased to talk through ideas with you now to ensure your ultimate legacy matches what is most important to you.

A variety of gift planning tools can be found on our website at For more information, please contact Carey Scheide Miller, director of development, at 412-586-2356 or

If you have already included the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in your estate plans, thank you! Please take a moment to let us know by contacting us directly.