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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Local Couple Donates 377-Acre Conservation Easement

A local family has protected land along Bald Eagle Mountain in Centre County by donating a conservation easement to the Conservancy last month. Dennis and Joan Thomson donated 377 acres of forestland to WPC, along with a 243-acre agricultural conservation easement held by the Centre County Agricultural Lands Preservation Board. The Wisconsin natives moved to Pennsylvania in the 1970s and have been stewards of their rural land ever since. This conservation easement protects a large tract of forestland and seasonal wetlands that support several rare species. Read more about our latest land protection in Centre County or learn more about conservation easements.

Share Your Nature Story with Us
Whether you're an avid hiker, birder, angler or hunter, or anything in between, nature is the background for so many of our stories. And we want to hear yours! Tell us how an outdoor place or experience in an Western Pennsylvania state park or state forest has affected you and your story may be featured in the next issue of our magazine, Conserve!
Fall Members’ Hike at Moraine State Park on Oct. 21

There’s still time to register for our guided hike at Moraine State Park on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1-4:30 p.m. You’ll learn more about the natural history and creation of this park during a moderately strenuous three-hour hike. Registration is $5 per person for WPC members and guests. Please register online or call 412-586-2340 by Thursday, Oct. 18.
A Walk in Penn’s Woods Hikes on Oct. 7
Mark your calendar for Sunday, Oct. 7 to celebrate a Walk in Penn's Woods, a day on which Pennsylvanians can join dozens of guided hikes to celebrate Penn’s Woods! WPC will lead a hike at Wolf Creek Narrows Natural Area from 1-3 p.m. and the Helen B. Katz Natural Area from 2-4 p.m. Registration isn’t necessary. Email azadnik@paconserve.org for hike details.
Free Community Gardens Workshop and Volunteer Events
Spaces remain in our free workshop, Everyone Should Garden, this Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Homewood. The workshop is offered as part of the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s annual RADical Days events. You can also volunteer to help us prepare our community gardens for winter during dozens of upcoming volunteer days!
Volunteer Tree Plantings Begin on Oct. 20
Get your hands dirty at a volunteer tree-planting event! We need your help at dozens of tree plantings this fall through TreeVitalize Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Redbud Project beginning Oct. 20. Register for an upcoming tree planting.
Assist with Forestry Project at Bear Run Nature Reserve on Oct. 27
We need your help restoring the forest at Bear Run Nature Reserve in Fayette County. This long-term project will convert pine and spruce stands to a native deciduous forest by creating small openings in the forest, which will encourage native shrubs and trees to grow. Register for this workday online.

Frank Lloyd Wright Gift Wrap On Sale In Time For Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and we have four variations of Frank Lloyd Wright gift wrap available for all of your wrapping needs. Each gift wrap is based on a Frank Lloyd Wright design, like the reception hall skylight designed for his Oak Park Studio or a "Taliesin Line" textile designed by Wright for F. Schumacher and Company in 1955. Each 30 by 60-inch roll features a grid on the back for easy cutting. Each roll is on sale, so purchase yours online today while supplies last.

October Desktop Background

As nights become longer and temperatures cool, we will soon see a symphony of changing colors along Pennsylvania’s landscape. A particularly magical place to enjoy fall foliage is Fallingwater, located in Fayette County in the Laurel Highlands. By mid-October, the leaves around Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic house offer a new perspective of the 1936 building. To visit Fallingwater as the leaves are changing, book your tour in advance, as October is Fallingwater’s busiest time of year. Download this month’s desktop calendar today.

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