Our Shared Legacy

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We are grateful for every generous gift that will help the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy achieve its goals.

Man Standing by a River

WPC’s commitment to protect the land, water and life of the region could not continue without the support of members. To find out more, email members@paconserve.org.

Dr. Eugene Myers’ Story

Some of the brightest ideas come from the most mundane tasks. Such is the case for a brilliant community greening project, inspired by Dr. Eugene Myers, chair of the Conservancy’s community gardens and greenspace campaign committee. During a dreary winter when Dr. Myers and his wife Barbara, an interior designer, traveled regularly from Oakland to the Southside for Mrs. Myers’ physical therapy appointments, they noted the bleak and neglected appearance of the Bates Street slopes. “I felt that this corridor was very important and that an upgrade was in order,” he said. He approached WPC with their observations, and generously initiated funding for a pilot project to beautify the Bates Street slopes with native plants, flowers, shrubs and trees. His enthusiasm and vision for this high-traffic corridor helped to convince UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh of the merits of this gateway project. Now this three-year greening initiative is set to begin in the spring of 2013.

Dr. Myers, Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the UPMC Eye and Ear Institute, was first introduced to the Conservancy in the 1970s — not by a local connection, but by visiting doctors from Japan. Over several decades, Dr. Myers hosted doctors from Japan through a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine program. Given Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the New Otoni Hotel in Tokyo and other landmark buildings in Japan, Fallingwater was a natural stop during their stay in Pittsburgh. It was through these tours of Fallingwater that Dr. Myers learned about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and came to appreciate the Conservancy’s significant scope. Dr. Myers sees the Community Gardens and Greenspace Program as crucial to brightening the life of individuals in Pittsburgh. He adds, “We contribute because we believe that WPC is very pure, and is a very well managed organization.”

Since his first experience with Fallingwater in the 1970s, Dr. Myers has hiked through woods, traversed muddy streams with WPC staff in search of hellbender salamanders, delved into urban landscape design, and introduced many friends and colleagues to WPC’s work. “I have spent almost my entire life in academic pursuits and think of myself as a teacher, and now a change in my academic career has given me the opportunity to become involved with outside pursuits,” he explains. “This gives me an opportunity to express, with time and money, my thanks to those who have enriched my life.”

Our success will be our collective legacy, a testament to foresight and commitment to the natural resources entrusted to us.

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