In Memorium of Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee

Thu, Feb 24th 2011, 13:05. Filed under News Releases.

We are saddened to report that a longstanding member of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Board of Directors and a champion of conservation, Dr. Colson E. Blakeslee of DuBois, PA, passed away Thursday, February 17, 2011 at the age of 89.


Dr. Blakeslee, who was elected to the Conservancy’s board in 1979, was a force behind much of our conservation work along the Bennett Branch and Upper Allegheny River. Dr. Blakeslee was also instrumental in WPC’s efforts to acquire properties that were ultimately added to Allegheny National Forest and in launching the Conservancy’s Business Associates program.


Dr. Blakeslee played a key role in the reauthorization of the Federal Abandoned Mine Land Fund in 2006. He was also a founding member of the board of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and a member of the board of the Foundation of Pennsylvania Watersheds.


We deeply valued and relied upon Dr. Blakeslee’s extensive knowledge and passion for conservation, his willingness to advocate on its behalf throughout the region. His voice will continue to guide our thinking and work.


Following is a link to his obituary:



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