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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Beautiful Forestland in Blair County Now Protected

On Earth Day, we received a conservation easement donation from nature writer Marcia Bonta and her husband Bruce on their family’s 648-acre property in Southcentral Pennsylvania. Their forested land has been the subject of several of her books and articles related to the importance of nature and the human connection to the natural world. Additionally, the easement safeguards the headwaters to the ecologically important Chesapeake Bay. The Bontas will continue owning, living on, learning from and writing about their land while hoping their gift to nature inspires others to protect land for the benefit of current and future generations. Read more.

Bear Run Nature Reserve Expands
Forested land and scenic views along a stretch of the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway in Fayette County are now safeguarded thanks to our recent protection of four acres near Fallingwater. This land has become part of our Bear Run Nature Reserve. Learn more.  
Watershed Mini Grants Awarded to Local Groups
Thanks to the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, we continue helping to improve local watersheds through our Watershed Mini Grant Program. At a recent event, 24 environmental organizations representing 14 Pennsylvania counties received grants totaling $30,000 for water quality monitoring, watershed restoration and awareness initiatives. Read more
We’re Seeking Farmers Looking for Land

Newly acquired farmland in Mercer County is now available for lease to local farmers as part of our Farmland Access Initiative. With the demand rising for locally grown food, this program helps support the local food economy by making land more accessible to farmers. Interested farmers can submit an application and learn more about this initiative.
Help Plant a Community Flower Garden

Since the 1970s, the natural beauty of our community flower gardens has captivated residents and welcomed visitors throughout the spring and summer seasons. We are looking for more volunteers to help plant the gardens in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill and Shadyside neighborhoods on June 1. Sign up today to help beautify your community and volunteer!
Join Fallingwater for a Talk on Good Design

Hear Juliet Kinchin, a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, explore the changing relationship between design and everyday life in 20th-century America. This free Fallingwater lecture will be held on May 9 at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and is presented in partnership with CMOA and Monmade. Register today.
Help Identify Invasives via New Webinars

Pennsylvania iMapInvasives Program, a partnership of WPC, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program and NatureServe, is hosting two webinars in June to explain how to identify and detect the locations of invasive plant species including water chestnut, hydrilla and wavyleaf basketgrass. You can register for these free webinars today.
Members: Buy Your Tickets Now for the Fallingwater Soirée

Spend a unique evening at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater, as the sun sets over the Laurel Highlands during the Fallingwater Soirée: An evening of food and music inspired by nature on Sat., Sept. 7. Treat yourself to music from musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and cuisine by James Beard-nominated Chef Kevin Sousa of Superior Motors as you explore the house during twilight. Members can purchase discounted tickets today by calling 724-329-8501.

Table Top Mini Sprite with Baton

Bring the outdoors indoors with this Frank Lloyd Wright garden sculpture! Designed by Wright for the Midway Gardens Complex in Chicago (1914-1929), the original piece was sculpted for the facility by Italian-American artist Alfonzo Lanelli. This reproduction of the Mini Sprite with Baton stands 12" tall and is made of fiber-reinforced concrete. During May, this item will be discounted for online customers. Buy this sprite today at the special online price of $88!

May Desktop Background

Since the start of our Pittsburgh Redbud Project in spring 2016—and with the help of hundreds of volunteers—more than 1,800 trees and shrubs and thousands of complementary perennials and grasses have been planted in highly visible locations around downtown Pittsburgh’s three rivers viewshed. Our goal is to introduce bursts of natural pink and purple spring color to downtown Pittsburgh’s rivers, trails, hillsides and open spaces. These trees will make a meaningful and lasting difference to Pittsburgh’s tree canopy over the years. Download the May desktop calendar featuring blooms of a native eastern redbud tree.

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