The Ohio and Lower Allegheny Region extends to Bradys Bend, Pa. at the north and is bounded by the foothills of the Laurel Highlands to the east. From there, it extends to the west where Pennsylvania meets the West Virginia border. The Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers meet at the point in Pittsburgh and are integral to the social, cultural and economic fabric of Western Pennsylvania. Beyond their important economic and recreational value, the Ohio River and its tributaries represent one of the most diverse freshwater ecosystems on earth.

In addition to the rivers, the region contains important wetlands including wetlands with higher pH water, known as fens, high quality streams, varied lands with abundant flora and fauna and lands capable of supporting locally grown food for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. This region includes lands that provide a range of outdoor recreational opportunities within a short drive, and accessible to thousands of local residents. Pittsburghers can easily “get away from it all” and enjoy rural and rustic escapes, and be home by dinner.