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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Thank You to Our Partners at 412 Food Rescue

     The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn have led to serious challenges, including unemployment and food scarcity, for many families. In this time of uncertainty, we appreciate organizations like 412 Food Rescue that help our neighbors in need. 412 Food Rescue transfers good food destined for landfills to those who need it, thus reducing waste and carbon emissions.
     On July 15, Fallingwater partnered with 412 Food Rescue to help our Fayette County neighbors, conducting the first monthly food distribution at the Visitor Center parking lot. That day, hundreds of local families received large boxes of fresh produce, complete with children’s activities prepared by Fallingwater’s education staff. As our region works together for a better future, we are pleased to continue to work with 412 Food Rescue to make a difference in the lives of families in our community.
     If you have questions related to the next food distribution at Fallingwater on August 12, please contact 412 Food Rescue at info@412foodrescue.org or 412-407-5287.

Members: Join Our Community Forestry Webinar August 13

Members, join us August 13 from noon to 1 p.m. EDT for a free Zoom webinar titled “WPC’s Forestry Models at Work: Increasing Tree Canopy through Community Engagement,” led by WPC’s Jeff Bergman, director of community forestry and TreeVitalize Pittsburgh. Learn how community engagement and investment in tree maintenance and monitoring efforts are ensuring that Pittsburgh and the surrounding region sustain a vibrant community forest. Not a member? Join today!
Explore a New Trail at Toms Run Nature Reserve
Volunteers and staff have made WPC’s Toms Run Nature Reserve in western Allegheny County welcoming and accessible to the public for hiking, nature watching, hunting and birding. A recently completed three-mile trail includes an ADA-accessible pathway into the property – a great place to get away for a relaxing stroll in nature. Learn more about Toms Run and our other properties.
Fallingwater’s Exterior Tours Offer Fresh Perspective

Reserve an exterior tour to learn how Frank Lloyd Wright used techniques to blend Fallingwater with its natural surroundings. Peek into the living room from the terrace, imagining the doors and windows open, inviting nature inside. Dip your fingers in the guest house pool fed by a mountain spring. Observe how the house is a stack of cantilevered trays that appear to float over Bear Run. Can’t visit? Join us for one of our “A Closer Look” webinars, including “Dining at Fallingwater” August 5 and “Guests of the Kaufmanns” August 12. Or support Fallingwater with a donation.

Land Stewardship Volunteers Needed

Our properties could use some TLC from caring volunteers! Join us August 22 at Bennett Branch Forest, September 12 at West Branch French Creek Conservation Area or October 24 at Helen B. Katz Natural Area for physically distanced volunteer workdays. We’ll be doing boundary maintenance, debris removal and tree maintenance. Learn more or register. Read our volunteer safety protocols, too.

Wood is Good! Please Leave Logs in Streams
Our watershed conservation staff and volunteers work hard to improve water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems. One technique, large woody materials restoration, involves strategically maneuvering trees into streams to mitigate flood risk and improve connectivity between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Please don’t cut logs in streams for firewood nor move them to the shoreline, because wood in streams is good! Read more or watch this informative video.
Apply by August 7 for Spring Tree Plantings
Could your community benefit from more street trees? Trees provide shade and beauty, increasing business traffic and home property values. Consider applying for spring 2021 tree plantings through TreeVitalize Pittsburgh. To begin the application process, please review our webpage, and email Jeff Bergman or call him at 412-586-2396 by August 7.
Take the PA DCNR Bureau of Forestry Survey 
Our partners at the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry would like your input about forest management and conservation on public and private lands. Please consider completing their survey.

Fallingwater T-shirts


Relax in style this summer in an exclusive Fallingwater T-shirt! Available in both short and long sleeves, our tees feature a stylized drawing of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece in Cherokee red, water-based ink. Printed in the USA, they are 100% cotton with a unisex cut. For added comfort, we recommend one size up! Order yours today! Sale ends August 31.

August Desktop Background

     Butterflies enjoying wildflower nectar are a sure sign of summer! The smaller, darker butterfly is the silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus), which has one of the widest ranges of any North American butterfly from southern Canada throughout most of the United States to northern Mexico, but is absent from the Great Basin and west Texas. The yellow butterfly is the eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), one of Pennsylvania’s larger common species. It produces more than one brood a year.
     They’re nectaring on common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a native shrub favored by various pollinators and which thrives in wetland areas around Pennsylvania, including the Conservancy’s 61-acre Lake Pleasant Conservation Area in Erie County. August is a great month to see butterflies of all types on WPC properties while wildflowers are blooming abundantly. Download this calendar from the options below, then right click on the image to set it as your desktop background.

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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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