water, land, life
WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Canoe Access Development Fund Celebrates 10 Years of Getting People on the Water

We’re celebrating 10 years of making the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation! Established by donors and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, our Canoe Access Development Fund provides grants to watershed organizations and community groups to develop and improve water access for canoeing and kayaking. Learn more about the fund and how it’s helping people get on the water and benefiting communities. Applications for 2020 CADF funding are open Oct. 15-Nov. 15. If you plan to get on the water soon, check out our interactive story map showing 67 sites and several featured trips. 

Members’ Talk: Conserving Fallingwater’s Outdoor Art
Join us Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. in our Pittsburgh office for a special presentation for members by art conservator Connie Stromberg. She’ll highlight the challenges and rewards of conserving Fallingwater’s outdoor sculptures. Contact Nicole Walsh at nwalsh@paconserve.org or call 412-586-2322 for more details.

Help us Plant Redbud Trees

Autumn leaf colors haven’t quite peaked, but we’re already thinking about spring. Fall is tree-planting time and we need lots of volunteers to help us plant redbud trees that will introduce bursts of color to Pittsburgh come spring. Register to volunteer to plant redbud trees Oct. 19 or 26 or for other fall tree plantings.
Forest to Table: An Overnight Experience at Fallingwater and High Meadow

On Oct. 19-20, experience an evening tour of Fallingwater and grounds, a forest-to-table dinner created by Chef Daniele Brenci of Rivendale Farms, an overnight stay at High Meadow and a chef-prepared breakfast. This event supports the Fallingwater Institute Scholarship Fund for high school and college students. Purchase tickets by Oct. 12.
Tour and Enjoy our Mercer County Farm
Are you a farmer interested in leasing farmland? Or, do you just love a great potluck? Bring a friend and a dish to share and tour our farm in Mercer County that is currently available for lease, Oct. 14 from 5-8 p.m. After the tour, meet our partners and enjoy a potluck dinner. Contact Dan Dalton at dan@pasafarming.org or 814-349-9856 (x710) by Oct. 11 for details and to register.
Landowners: Help us Improve Trout Run
Join us for a community meeting in Waterford, Erie County Nov. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss the start of a study to consider future restoration efforts along Trout Run, a tributary within the French Creek drainage and learn how to get involved.
ADA-accessible Garden Opens in Homewood
The Conservancy opened Pittsburgh’s second ADA-accessible community flower garden in Homewood in September, expanding gardening opportunities for people with physical limitations. A $20,000 grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District funded the expansion. Students from The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh will help care for the garden. Read more.
Volunteers Detect Invasive Plants Through iMapInvasives Program
This summer, volunteers participated in the “Three-Part Species Search Challenge,” hosted by the Pennsylvania iMapInvasives program to find invasive water chestnut, hydrilla or wavyleaf basketgrass plants. Read the full report, learn more about invasives, or register to attend a talk at the Natural Areas Conference in Pittsburgh, Oct. 7-9.

Fallingwater-embroidered Columbia Outwear:
Cool Styles for Cool Temperatures!

Stay warm and protected this autumn with Fallingwater outerwear by Columbia. Available in men’s and women’s sizes small-2XL, this ¼-zip outerwear is made of Columbia’s Omni-Wick material, which allows airflow while providing UPF 30 protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Special features include contrasting cover stitch and a zippered sleeve pocket. Priced at $80, this makes a nice gift for yourself or someone else! 

October Desktop Background

The Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr. Memorial Recreation Area is one of six Conservancy-owned properties protected to safeguard scenic views and wildlife along the GAP Trail. These properties comprise the Conservancy’s 644-acre Casselman River Conservation Area. Nestled within the undeveloped forested hillside pictured here, the Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr. Trail honors the legacy of the late Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr., a former Conservancy president and board chair. An observation area overlooks the southern edge of Confluence, portions of the GAP trail and the Casselman and Youghiogheny rivers. Download this calendar featuring this scenic view of the Youghiogheny River and Klondike Ridge on our Confluence property.

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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