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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

New Trail Honors Former WPC President and Board Chairman, Conservationist Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr.

On May 23, WPC board members, staff and friends gathered to dedicate the Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr. Trail in Somerset County. Whetzel was responsible for many successful conservation outcomes during his 26-year tenure as WPC’s president and board chairman, including acquiring the land that eventually became the first leg of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. The new up-and-back half-mile Whetzel trail starts behind the Lucky Dog Café and ascends a hillside to a scenic observation area overlooking the southern edge of Confluence, portions of the GAP trail and the Casselman and Youghiogheny rivers.  Read more about Whetzel, the trail and our 644-acre Casselman River Conservation Area. 

Purchase Tickets for the Fallingwater Soirée
Spend a magical evening at Fallingwater during the Fallingwater Soirée. This event will be held on Sat., Sept. 7 from 6-9:30 p.m. Dine on cuisine by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Kevin Sousa of Superior Motors and enjoy self-guided tours of the house, where you will encounter music by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians. Purchase tickets today online or by calling 724-329-8501. Members: call us to get your discount!
Join Us for Redbuds & Brews
On June 27, volunteers will help care for the several redbud and other native trees planted on Pittsburgh’s North Shore near PNC Park as part of the Pittsburgh Redbud Project. Weeding, mulching and debris removal begins 5 p.m. Afterwards, refresh with brews at The Foundry until 8 p.m. Volunteers can register today!
Help Restore Toms Run Nature Reserve

WPC’s stewardship team cares for nearly 14,000 of acres of land we protect and own, which are open to the public for recreation. One of the places we’re working to improve and restore is Toms Run Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. We could use your help with removing debris from along the stream and path for the future trail. Register today to volunteer on June 15.
Plan a Summer Hike at Laurel Hill State Park

Hiking in Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County will provide a remote experience and breathtaking views as you trek through forested slopes and meandering cool streams. Our president and CEO, Tom Saunders, describes why you should visit and hike this park in his recent nature column in Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine.
Grab Your Paddle and Explore Local Rivers

Thanks to the generosity of longtime WPC members and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund is marking 10 years of improving access to our region’s local waterways for paddlers and kayakers. Their exceptional generosity has enabled improvements at more than 60 sites across our region. How can you help thank Roy and Mary?  Grab your paddle and explore our waterways!
Enjoy the Flower Baskets in Downtown Pittsburgh

We usher in summer each year in downtown Pittsburgh with our annual summer flower baskets hanging from the city’s iconic bridges and along streets, thanks to the generosity of Laurel Foundation. This year’s display features petunias, verbenas, geraniums and green sweet potato vines. Read about our downtown Pittsburgh greening efforts and watch the baskets bloom over the summer months and into early fall.

2020 Fallingwater Calendar Now Available

We know it’s only June. But, is it ever too early to grab a copy of the limited edition Fallingwater Calendar? The 2020 calendar highlights stunning images of the interior and exterior of the house in every season photographed by Christopher Little, Robert Ruschak and Timothy Sakamoto. Buy copies of this 13-month calendar today for birthdays, holiday gifts or for any special occasion. Purchase the 2020 Fallingwater calendar online for only $18!

June Desktop Background

Large oak, hickory and beech, and groves of hemlock and white pine are just a few of the tree species found at this forested property that buffers Loyalsock Creek in Sullivan County. Protected with donated conservation easements to WPC in 2018 and 2019, this property safeguards water resources, wildlife habitats, forest and scenic views along the creek. Loyalsock Creek is designed by the Department of Environmental Protection as a Cold Water Fishery for its sustaining water quality for aquatic life. The creek was named by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as the 2018 Pennsylvania River of the Year.  Download the June desktop calendar featuring Loyalsock Creek.

Learn More and Get Involved

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

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