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June 2013

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WPC Conserves Properties in Ligonier Valley

Farmland on the Tubmill Creek watershed Two properties in Westmoreland County are not only important pieces of the Tubmill Creek watershed – a priority stream because of its rich aquatic life – but also essential in preserving the agricultural heritage of the Ligonier Valley. And now, the Fairfield Township parcels will be permanently protected through conservation easements obtained by the Conservancy. 

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WPC Scientists Visit Elementary School

Scientist with childrenFulton Elementary School – the recent recipient of 19 trees and more than 300 shrubs and perennials – turned its enhanced school grounds green space into an outdoor laboratory last month with the help of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Scientists in Schools pilot project. Conservancy staff coordinated and participated in the pilot project, a program that introduces Pittsburgh-area school students to ecologists, botanists and other scientists and encourages children to explore science through interactive activities.

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Partners, WPC Plant Thousands of Seedlings in Elk County

Planting chestnut treesDozens of volunteers – some traveling from as far as Virginia – planted thousands of seedling trees in Bennett Branch Forest in Elk County. They worked on a project that ultimately resulted in the planting of more than 20,000 trees on 30 acres of a reclaimed surface mine site. The American Chestnut Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, Green Forests Work, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and other partners worked together on the event, which wrapped up on Saturday, May 11. The partners, workers and volunteers planted blight-resistant chestnuts and native hardwoods.

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Hundreds Participate in Fishing Tournament

Fish for Fun participantsHundreds of children ages 12 and under participated in a free fishing tournament at Indiana County’s Blue Spruce Park. Children won raffle prizes and trophies, enjoyed entertainment by Chris Higbee and received a free lunch at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and CONSOL Energy Inc.’s Fish for Fun event. Organizers stocked the lake the morning of May 25 and children fished until the afternoon.

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Shining Brow Tickets Still Available

Fallingwater OperaIt’s not too late to purchase tickets to see “Shining Brow,” the American Opera about Frank Lloyd Wright, on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, on Fallingwater’s famous exterior terraces. The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh will stage a performance about Fallingwater’s creator and arguably America’s most famous architect and will use the iconic house as its set.

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Fallingwater Museum Store Features FLW Ties

FLW tiesIn time for Father’s Day, the Fallingwater Museum Store is featuring ties that highlight Frank Lloyd Wright designs. The ceiling of the workroom in Wright’s Johnson Wax Building inspired the Lily Pad Ceiling Tie, for example. All the ties are 100 percent silk.

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