Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Opens Ligonier Office

Tue, May 26th 2009, 13:55. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 26, 2009 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has relocated its Laurel Highlands Regional Office to Ligonier, Pa. to support ongoing land- and water-conservation activities in the region.

The Conservancy, which protects and restores Western Pennsylvania’s exceptional places, has conserved more than 78,000 acres in the Laurel Highlands during the past five decades and continues to place a high priority on this picturesque region. The Laurel Highlands region not only offers recreational opportunities, it also includes extensive forestland, a rich diversity of wildlife, and beautiful and ecologically valuable rivers and streams.

The new office location on Main Street in Ligonier supports ongoing conservation work in the area and provides convenient access to WPC staff for local landowners, partners and members.

“We are excited about bringing a ‘storefront’ presence to Ligonier, which is centrally located within this important region for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy.

“The Conservancy has created a tremendous legacy in the Laurel Highlands during our first 77 years by protecting lands that became Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Ridge State Park and, more recently, Laurel Hill Creek Forest – in addition to almost 8,000 acres of farmland and open space around Ligonier that the Conservancy has protected through conservation easements,” said Saunders. “We are working in partnership with landowners every day on land and water conservation projects in the Laurel Highlands and this new, walk-in location will serve our partners well.”

The new WPC office location will be celebrated with an open house on Saturday, May 30, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please R.S.V.P. to Jean DiTullio at 412-586-2328 or jditullio@paconserve.org.

“In addition to conserving the Laurel Highlands’ remaining wild, natural areas, we are partnering with landowners to protect family farms and other properties,” said Mike Kuzemchak, Laurel Highlands project director for WPC. “This office will help us achieve even more positive conservation outcomes for this special region of Pennsylvania.”

The Laurel Highlands Regional Office is located at:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Laurel Highlands Regional Office
208 West Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: 724-238-2492



About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC was responsible for the founding of six state parks and has conserved nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that 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 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,300 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Photos are available upon request.

Media contact:
Stephanie Kraynick
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.