Western Pennsylvania ConservancyWater, Land, Life

September 2015

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Landowners Donate Conservation Easement in Mifflin County

PropertyThanks to Rick and Miriam Williams, an additional 146 acres of forested land on Jacks Mountain in Mifflin County is now protected. The Williams first donated their 195-acre property in 2009 through a conservation easement, an agreement that keeps their property in private hands while permanently restricting future uses. After purchasing an additional 146 acres last year, the Williams amended their existing easement to include more than a mile and a half of the mountain ridge. Learn more about the Williams’ conservation easement and the wildlife it’s protecting.

Squirrel Hill Tunnel Community Garden Needs Your Help

Squirrel Hill garden

Since 2002, the Squirrel Hill Tunnel community garden has brightened the commutes of millions of City of Pittsburgh drivers, being viewed 182,777 times daily according to PennDOT. Now that the extensive renovations on the tunnel are complete, WPC plans to reestablish the Squirrel Hill Tunnel garden, which will involve replacing the irrigation system and planting new trees, shrubs and perennials. You can help us bring back this important Pittsburgh greenspace by becoming a sponsor of this garden. Contact Carey Miller at cmiller@paconserve.org or 412-586-2356, or visit our website to support the revitalization of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel community garden.
Meet the Fallingwater Landscape Interns: Hakeem and Nathan

Fallingwater amphitheatre

Fallingwater’s 2015 summer landscape architecture interns, Hakeem Wilson and Nathan Gowen, were tasked with revitalizing the amphitheatre behind the Barn at Fallingwater, which is frequently used for outdoor weddings. The space was suffering from water runoff and other issues. Find out how Hakeem and Nathan transformed this space.
Stream Bank Restoration Project Improves Elk County Stream

EQT funded watershed project

A popular trout stream in Weedville, Pa. will now see improved water quality thanks to the completion of a stream bank restoration and fish habitat project. Last month, WPC watershed conservation staff, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and with funding from the EQT Foundation, repaired a highly eroded stream bank along Kersey Run in Elk County. These improvements will reestablish a natural stream bank as well as improve fish habitat. You can view photos of this project on Facebook.
Volunteers Needed For Trail Relocation Project

Bear Run workdayWe need your help on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Bear Run Nature Reserve near Fallingwater. With the help of volunteers, WPC plans to relocate 2,300 feet of the Hemlock Trail, a 1.8-mile long trail affected by soil erosion. Relocating a portion of this trail will also better align it with the natural terrain and improve the hiking experience. Volunteer assistance is essential to the success of this project! To learn more or RSVP for the Sept. 12 workday, call 412-586-2318 or visit our website for more information.

Exclusive Bowls Feature Wood from Fallingwater

Jim Finley bowlWhen circumstances arose that made it necessary to remove a black walnut tree near Fallingwater, wood artisan Jim Finley crafted the tree into unique, handmade serving bowls. Each bowl has a non-toxic varnish finish buffed with beeswax or carnauba wax. Add a piece of Fallingwater’s natural setting to your home today.

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