Conservancy Opens New Field Office in Downtown Franklin
Sat, Sep 17th 2016, 08:16. Filed under News Releases.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy hosted an open house on September 16 at its new Northwest Regional Office in downtown Franklin, Pa. WPC members and elected officials joined staff and board members at the new field office to learn more about the Conservancy’s work and volunteer opportunities in the region.
WPC’s new office is located in suite 100 of the historic Galena Building in downtown Franklin next to Bandstand Park at 1140 Liberty Street, Franklin, PA 16323. Office hours from October 1 through mid-April: the office will be staffed most weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Meadville resident and WPC’s land stewardship coordinator for the Northwest region, Tyson Johnston. The public can contact the office at 814-346-0377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This new office serves as a hub for the Conservancy’s efforts in the region, where WPC has a longstanding history of conservation, protecting more than 40,000 acres of land to date. That history includes working with partners to protect land within the French Creek watershed, one of the most ecologically significant waterways in the Northeastern U.S. that contains numerous fish species of greatest conservation need in Pennsylvania, 26 rare and federally endangered freshwater mussel species, and the eastern hellbender salamander.
WPC is furthering regional water quality efforts by conducting stream bank stabilization and in-stream habitat improvements along Tionesta Creek and the northeastern sections of the Allegheny River. Plus, several riparian tree and vegetative plantings are helping to protect and restore these waterways. And, thanks to dedicated volunteers, Franklin, Oil City, Meadville and Erie are brightened by the Conservancy’s colorful community flower gardens.
The office location supports WPC’s commitment to protecting natural and ecologically important areas in Northwestern Pennsylvania, as well as ongoing stewardship and enhancements to WPC’s local natural areas, including providing ADA-accessible docks and other improvements at Lake Pleasant Conservation Area in Erie County. The Conservancy also has an Allegheny Regional Office located in Ridgway, Pa. that has been serving northern and northwest communities since 2006.
Tyson Johnston, land stewardship coordinator for the Northwest region, greeted guests at the September 16 open house. Photo courtesy of The Derrick.