2012 Western Pennsylvania Conservancy River Sojourn on the Youghiogheny River

Tue, Mar 27th 2012, 13:56. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 27, 2012 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will host its annual river sojourn on Saturday, June 9, with a canoe trip along the northern Youghiogheny River. The one-day float will include activities and presentations centered on the theme “Rock the Yough,” focusing on the geology, ecology and history of this section of the river.

Participants will start at the Yough River Park in Connellsville and travel 14 miles to Hazelbaker’s Bottom Yough Outfitters, Inc. in Layton. The cost is $65 per person, which includes meals, canoe rental, shuttle service, a 2012 sojourn t-shirt and educational programs.

Some of the Conservancy’s earliest land protection efforts, dating to the 1950s, were in the Youghiogheny River watershed. WPC played a key role in the creation of Ohiopyle State Park and the Youghiogheny River rail-trail and has helped expand the holdings of Forbes State Forest. WPC’s conservation efforts along the river protect habitat for important plants and animals, and also provide recreational opportunities and scenic protection along the Youghiogheny River corridor.

The Conservancy has hosted a river sojourn since 2004. Sponsors for the 2012 float include Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania American Water, Sheetz, WYEP radio, Immersion Research and REI.

To register for the sojourn or for more information, contact Michelle Loose at 724-471-7202 ext.5110. The registration deadline is Friday May 25, 2012.


About the Youghiogheny River:
Originating in West Virginia and western Maryland, the northward-flowing Youghiogheny River contains a unique habitat of rocky, flood-scoured flats and steep forested slopes. It provides habitat for large-flowered marshallia and sand grape, two globally-rare species. The 132 mile river flows up through the Laurel Highlands and ends as a major tributary to the Monongahela River in McKeesport, Pa. The river is the only waterway in Western Maryland that does not flow south into the Potomac drainage.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 232,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. WPC is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.