WPC Permanently Conserves Parcel Along Loyalhanna Creek
Thu, Apr 11th 2013, 08:31. Filed under News Releases.
Ligonier, Pa. – April 11 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has acquired a conservation easement that will permanently protect more than 131 acres in the Laurel Highlands, the organization announced today. The parcel includes 2,800 feet that stretches along Loyalhanna Creek.
The Conservancy will permanently hold the conservation easement on the property in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County. The easement limits the type and amount of development that may take place on the property and requires that farming and forestry activities on the parcel incorporate best management practices to protect water quality and wildlife habitat.
“This acquisition will help us conserve prime agricultural soils, protect the water quality in the Loyalhanna Creek watershed and conserve scenic open space in the Ligonier Valley and Laurel Highlands,” said WPC President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas D. Saunders.
This parcel is a large open space that sits near seven farms that were already protected by easements. The Loyalhanna Creek is a stream with an improving water quality and a growing range of aquatic life.
The Richard King Mellon Foundation, Colcom Foundation, Beckwith Family Foundation, Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and individual donors provided financial support for this project.
Members of the media may use photos of the property found here: [http://goo.gl/bjBlb]
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 233,000 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 135 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. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.