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February 2016

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Fench Creek Watershed

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$59 Million Raised In WPC’s Our Shared Legacy Campaign

Our Share LegacyOver the course of five years, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy conducted its first-ever comprehensive campaign, Our Shared Legacy, Western Pennsylvania’s Water, Land, Life. On December 31, 2015, WPC successfully completed the campaign, thanks to the support of 24,477 donors who shared our vision for the future. Because of you, we raised $59 million – that’s more than 47 percent over our $40 million goal! The impact of Our Shared Legacy will be experienced now and for generations to come, and for that we thank you. Our work is not done yet – we continue to strive toward our ten-year goals of protecting our region’s water, land and life. Learn more about what your donation helped to achieve during the Our Shared Legacy campaign and view WPC’s 10-year goals.

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Donate 32 Acres in Fayette County

Sisters of Charity of Nazareth donated conservation easementThanks to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, 32 acres in Dunbar Township, Fayette County are permanently protected under a conservation easement. The property, which has been part of the organization for more than 60 years, is located in the Dunbar Creek watershed and is surrounded by Pennsylvania State Game Lands #51. Watch this video to learn more about this property and why the sisters decided to protect it in perpetuity.

Conservation Easement Tax Incentive Made Permanent by Congress

Conservation easementsIn December, Congress passed an important bill that makes enhanced tax incentives permanent for landowners who donate conservation easements, deed-restriction agreements that permanently limit certain types of land development. The passing of this legislation is a significant milestone for land conservation. And for landowners, this legislation allows donors to receive greater tax returns for donating a conservation easement on property they own. You can learn more about this tax incentive on the Land Trust Alliance website.

Colcom Revolving Fund Loan Helps Purchase Natural Land

Land protected in Allegheny County A 168-acre property in Allegheny County located in the Big Sewickley Creek watershed, which includes rare plants and animals, is now permanently protected thanks, in part, to a loan to the Allegheny Land Trust from WPC’s Colcom Revolving Fund for Land Trusts. Read more about how loans from this fund help land trusts protect green spaces.

Fall TreeVitalize Applications Available Until March 18

TreeVitalize Pittsburgh tree planting with elementary school studentsSince 2008, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh has planted more than 25,000 trees along city streets, parks and riverfronts of Allegheny County. Now you can join TreeVitalize by applying for trees to be planted in your neighborhood during our fall planting season. Every Pittsburgh neighborhood and many Allegheny County municipalities are eligible to participate in TreeVitalize. Visit our website to view the requirements and fill out the application, which is due March 18 at 4 p.m.

Stay Warm With a Handmade Fallingwater Mug

Fallingwater mugHeat up some cocoa, tea or coffee in this deep-red mug featuring Fallingwater’s logo. Made in St. Paul, Minn., this hand-thrown pottery mug is microwaveable, dishwasher and oven-safe. Find this mug and more Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired houseware items on the Fallingwater Museum Store website.

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