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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

Toms Runs Nature Reserve Expands in Allegheny County

Just 10 miles from downtown Pittsburgh you’ll find one of the largest remaining undeveloped forested areas in Allegheny County: Toms Run Nature Reserve. The Conservancy first protected the reserve in 1977, and expanded the reserve by an additional 52 acres last month. This addition protects a large forested slope above Toms Run, a tributary to the Ohio River, and keeps the forest intact along the road leading from Rt. 65 to the reserve’s trailhead. Located in the western part of the county near I-79 and Route 65, Toms Run Nature Reserve will offer a new 2.5-mile trail loop and expanded parking later this year. Read more about the latest addition to Toms Run Nature Reserve.

We’re Celebrating You This New Year
Because of you – our members, donors and volunteers – we worked together to protect and beautify our region in 2018. From all of us at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your support in this short video and wish you a wonderful new year!
New Lands Conserved Throughout The Region
December was a busy month for protecting forests, rivers, streams and wildlife habitats through our land conservation efforts. A 110-acre conservation easement was donated in Cameron County, and 281 acres were protected in Somerset and Fayette counties as an addition to Laurel Ridge State Park.
Garden Stewards Needed for Next Season

We’re looking for volunteer garden stewards to “adopt” a garden throughout the region this year! Stewards regularly prune, water, weed, and remove litter and debris from our gardens. We have 14 gardens in need of your help.
Summer Internships Available at Fallingwater

Fallingwater is seeking applicants for five paid internships this summer. Interns will live and work onsite at Fallingwater, located in Mill Run, Pa. Most applications are due Jan. 31. Learn more about this unique learning opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students!

Test Your Skills With 1,000-Piece Fallingwater Puzzle

This 1,000-piece puzzle features the iconic view of Fallingwater in fall by photographer Christopher Little. You’ll be inspired by the beauty and serenity of Fallingwater as you recreate the house piece-by-piece. You can purchase this item and more on the Fallingwater Museum Store website.l

January Desktop Background

Beginning in western Maryland, the 55-mile Casselman River flows through the heart of the Laurel Highlands, ending at the confluence of the Youghiogheny River. The Cassleman also stretches through portions of WPC’s Casselman River Conservation Area, which preserves important hillside and scenic views along the river corridor and the Great Allegheny Passage. And, stay tuned for more information on a new trail we’ll open in the area this spring. Download this month's desktop calendar.

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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-288-2777, Email: info@paconserve.org

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