Author Archives for Carmen Bray

Donation of Oakford Park Land in Westmoreland County
Protects Acres for a New Community Greenspace

November 21, 2022 5:23 am Published by Comments Off on Donation of Oakford Park Land in Westmoreland County
Protects Acres for a New Community Greenspace

Pittsburgh, Pa. – November 21, 2022 – Land that was once home to the historic Oakford Park in Jeannette, Westmoreland County, will once again be used as a local public space, thanks to a donation of the land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy from Regis and Jamie McHugh. Oakford Park... Read More


WPC Has Grant Funding Available for Water Quality and Water Access Improvements

November 8, 2022 10:06 am Published by Comments Off on WPC Has Grant Funding Available for Water Quality and Water Access Improvements

Pittsburgh, Pa.– November 8, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is currently accepting grant applications for water quality improvement projects and for projects to improve access to local rivers and streams. Grants are available to local watershed groups and organizations located throughout Western Pennsylvania. The Conservancy has funding available through... Read More


WPC Acquires More Land to Protect the Clarion River’s
Water Quality, Adds Land to Local Nature Preserve

October 16, 2022 5:20 am Published by Comments Off on WPC Acquires More Land to Protect the Clarion River’s
Water Quality, Adds Land to Local Nature Preserve

Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 16, 2022 – More land for the public to enjoy for birding, fishing, hiking and hunting is now available, thanks to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s purchase of a 140-acre property located along the Clarion River in Heath Township, Jefferson County. Protection of the land makes it... Read More


WPC Easement Protects Forest and Wetland Communities
in the French Creek Watershed

September 16, 2022 12:30 pm Published by Comments Off on WPC Easement Protects Forest and Wetland Communities
in the French Creek Watershed

Pittsburgh, Pa. – September 16, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today the permanent protection of 348 acres of forest and wetlands in Union Township, Erie County, through a conservation easement. The conservation easement—purchased from 730 Texas Timberlands II, Ltd., a Texas limited partnership c/o GreenWood Resources, Inc.— restricts... Read More


WPC Seeks Proposals for “Untold Stories” Project

September 9, 2022 9:57 pm Published by Comments Off on WPC Seeks Proposals for “Untold Stories” Project

Pittsburgh, Pa. – September 9, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accepting proposals for a contract to provide cultural and historical research, reporting, interpretive education and training services for the “Untold Stories of Pennsylvania’s State Parks & Forests” project. The project is a collaborative effort of the Conservancy, the... Read More


WPC Acquires 110 Acres of Forestland and Wetlands,
Adds to Conservation Areas in the French Creek Watershed

July 27, 2022 4:58 pm Published by Comments Off on WPC Acquires 110 Acres of Forestland and Wetlands,
Adds to Conservation Areas in the French Creek Watershed

Pittsburgh, Pa. – July 27, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today the permanent protection of two forested properties with stream frontage in Erie County—a 40-acre property in Union Township and 70 acres in Venango Township. The lands will become new additions to two of the Conservancy’s existing nature... Read More


The Fallingwater Soirée Is Back!

June 15, 2022 3:55 pm Published by Comments Off on The Fallingwater Soirée Is Back!

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 13, 2022 – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy invites the public back to enjoy Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Fayette County during a special fundraising event, the Fallingwater Soirée, on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, from 6-9 p.m. (UPDATE:... Read More


WPC Applies for Accreditation Renewal

June 13, 2022 6:31 pm Published by Comments Off on WPC Applies for Accreditation Renewal

Pittsburgh, Pa. – June 13, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is currently applying for renewal of its accreditation through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. A public comment period is now underway through September 16. Incorporated in 2008, the land trust accreditation... Read More


Timothy R. Thyreen: In Memoriam

May 19, 2022 2:54 pm Published by Comments Off on Timothy R. Thyreen: In Memoriam

The board and staff of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime Conservancy Board Member Timothy R. Thyreen, who passed away on May 16 surrounded by his beloved family. Tim was a member of the Conservancy board since 2003 and dedicated to advancing the Conservancy’s... Read More


BHE GT&S, WPC Award 20 Grants to Local Watershed Groups

May 17, 2022 4:59 am Published by Comments Off on BHE GT&S, WPC Award 20 Grants to Local Watershed Groups

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 17, 2022 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE GT&S) recently awarded 20 grants, totaling $41,000, to 20 different local environmental organizations in 13 counties across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of their 2022 Watershed Mini Grant Program. For years, financial support... Read More