WPC Seeks Public Involvement for Lower Mahoning Creek Regional Watershed Conservation Plan

Thu, Jan 22nd 2009, 15:20. Filed under News Releases.

Blairsville, Pa. – January 22, 2009 Do you enjoy outdoor recreation in the Lower Mahoning region? Are you concerned about water quality or quantity, historic preservation, tourism or community development? If so, plan to attend a Lower Mahoning Creek Regional Watershed Conservation Plan public meeting, hosted by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC). You will have the opportunity to voice your concerns about your community and its resources, and learn how you can play an active role in efforts to improve your watershed.

In cooperation with concerned citizens and local conservation partners, WPC will develop a watershed conservation plan for the Lower Mahoning region, which includes Little Mahoning Creek, lower Mahoning Creek, Pine Creek, and Hays Run watersheds in Armstrong, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. The plan will create a vision for the future of the natural and community resources of the region. It focuses on the natural resources (land, water, and wildlife), cultural resources (historical and recreational), and socioeconomic value of the project area. Recommendations are generated, based on public input, to conserve or enhance valuable assets of the area.

Area citizens are encouraged to attend one of the scheduled public meetings to learn more about this locally driven planning process, to share ideas, and to actively participate and contribute to the plan and projects that will follow. In addition, WPC will provide an update on the restoration efforts that have been ongoing in the region during the past two years. Local support and participation is critical to the success of these efforts.

The interactive public meetings, which include complimentary refreshments, will begin at 6:00 p.m. on two dates:

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the Marion Center Community Building, on Route 403 near the intersection with Route 119 in Marion Center (across from the Marion Center High School)
  • Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the Dayton United Methodist Church, at 105 East Church Avenue, in the Christian Life Center.

The goal of the Lower Mahoning Creek Regional Watershed Conservation Plan is to actively engage the public to address issues related to natural resources, socioeconomics, recreation and culture; to encourage proper stewardship of land, water, and community resources; and to improve the quality of life throughout the region.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The project steering committee is composed of local representatives from Little Mahoning Creek Watershed Association, Pine Creek Sportsmen Club, Ken Sink Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Marion Center School District, Armstrong Tourist Bureau, county conservation districts, planning departments, and municipalities of Armstrong, Indiana, and Jefferson counties, as well as Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

For more information, please contact Kylie Daisley at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Watershed Conservation Program at (724) 459-0953 ext. 115 or kdaisley@paconserve.org.

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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 77th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

WPC preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2008, WPC partnered with more than 8,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

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