Author Archives for Jennifer Kissel

Looking for Fun Family Adventures? Visit These Five WPC Preserves

June 15, 2022 2:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Looking for Fun Family Adventures? Visit These Five WPC Preserves

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 15, 2022 – Do you have a young nature enthusiast who loves to learn and explore? These five Western Pennsylvania Conservancy preserves, which feature trails that are short to moderate in length, are suited for small legs and curious minds. Andy Zadnik, director of land stewardship,... Read More


TAKE ACTION: Speak Up for Parks and Conservation!

June 10, 2022 2:46 pm Published by Comments Off on TAKE ACTION: Speak Up for Parks and Conservation!

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 10, 2022 – Pennsylvania has a tremendous opportunity to make a game-changing investment in public lands and clean water. But your help is needed to make it happen! For more than two decades, the Growing Greener Program has been one of Pennsylvania’s most important and dependable... Read More


WPC Seeks Spring Grant Applications, Provides Technical Assistance for Canoe and Kayak Access Projects

March 18, 2022 9:18 am Published by Comments Off on WPC Seeks Spring Grant Applications, Provides Technical Assistance for Canoe and Kayak Access Projects

Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 18, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has funding available to support projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. The Conservancy provides technical assistance and grants of up to $5,000 through its Canoe Access Development Fund for the construction and enhancement... Read More


WPC Studies the Impact of Invasives in 12 Counties in Northwest Pa.

February 28, 2022 4:44 pm Published by Comments Off on WPC Studies the Impact of Invasives in 12 Counties in Northwest Pa.

The Lake Erie watershed is home to many sites of ecological importance. Unfortunately, countless invasive species of plants that threaten the ecological integrity of numerous habitats have also established themselves in the region. To identify and understand what invasive weeds could find their way to Erie, Brian Daggs, invasive plant... Read More


Peregrine Falcon Removed from Threatened Species List

September 29, 2021 1:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Peregrine Falcon Removed from Threatened Species List

Conservationists and peregrine falcons received wonderful news in September 2021 when Pennsylvania removed the bird from its threatened species list! In 1989, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy staff members observed a pair of falcons hunting around Pittsburgh’s skyscrapers. Before that, it had been 33 years since peregrine falcons had been known to... Read More


Conservancy Leads Stream Improvement Project Near Ridgway’s St. Leo’s Church

September 27, 2021 12:48 pm Published by Comments Off on Conservancy Leads Stream Improvement Project Near Ridgway’s St. Leo’s Church

During recent years, visitors to the section of Gallagher Run that flows through the St. Leo Magnus Church yard in Ridgway might have noticed rusting wire baskets precariously holding rocks on a badly eroding streambank. Gallagher Run is a cold water stream that provides clean water to Elk Creek and... Read More


Streams could benefit from juvenile mussel study

July 28, 2021 2:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Streams could benefit from juvenile mussel study

Hundreds of tiny young plain pocketbook (Lampsilis cardium) mussels, each no bigger than a clump of several grains of sand, are spending the summer and fall housed in underwater concrete silos in 13 streams across Western Pennsylvania. The mussels’ survival rate and growth will help researchers assess which streams are... Read More


Funding Available for Canoe and Kayak Access Projects in Western Pennsylvania

October 12, 2020 1:13 pm Published by Comments Off on Funding Available for Canoe and Kayak Access Projects in Western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 12, 2020 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking grant applicants for its Canoe Access Development Fund, which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. Founded in 2008 by WPC donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, WPC’s... Read More


WPC’s ADA-accessible Trails Allow Everyone to Enjoy Nature

October 5, 2020 12:17 am Published by Comments Off on WPC’s ADA-accessible Trails Allow Everyone to Enjoy Nature

Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 4, 2020 – Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy nature, and so accessibility is an important part of trail development at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Our land stewardship staff and volunteers work to ensure that several trails are available for those with mobility and other... Read More


Sign Up for WPC’s Webinars Offered
as Part of RADical Days!

September 1, 2020 8:48 pm Published by Comments Off on Sign Up for WPC’s Webinars Offered
as Part of RADical Days!

Pittsburgh, Pa. – September 1, 2020 – Allegheny Regional Asset District’s RADical Days is an annual celebration that offers several days of free admission, free performances or other free events/activities as a thank you to Allegheny County taxpayers who make RAD funding possible. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s community gardens and... Read More