water, land, life
WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

Stream Restored Thanks to Partnerships, Donor Generosity

     Important headwaters of a wild brook trout stream in Ohiopyle State Park have been restored to a high-quality habitat for a diverse array of species. The project was a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Bureau of State Parks, Wetland Restoration LLC, Beran Environmental and the Conservancy.
     A portion of the restoration occurred on a 1,300-acre property that WPC permanently protected in 2008 and conveyed to DCNR for Ohiopyle State Park. It included infrastructure that impacted natural wetlands and streams, which the recent restoration project addressed. Part of the property was named the B.K. Simon Family Forest to honor a significant donation from family members to conserve this forest in memory of B. Kenneth Simon, a philanthropist and longtime WPC member.

Free Webinar with the Dalai Lama’s Personal Physician

Nature has a presence and tranquility that permeates the environment including us, if we allow it. Join Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and future Fallingwater scholar in residence, for an enlightening discussion on creating balance in our lives. As Dr. Kerzin points out, “When nature and our balanced-self meet, a crescendo of energy and subtle joy is evoked. Then all is well.” Join us Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. EDT for discussion, meditation and joy.
Land Protected for DCNR’s Moshannon State Forest

Late last month, we protected 561 acres of forestland and wildlife habitat in the Bennett Branch watershed in Elk County for Moshannon State Forest. In 2008, we purchased Bennett Branch Forest and added 3,932 acres to this state forest. Since then, we protected four other properties in the corridor, including land that is now WPC’s Doc Blakeslee Memorial Recreation Area. Read more about the many conservation and public benefits of protecting this forestland.

Volunteer to Put Our Gardens to Bed

Now that fall is near, it’s time to put our community gardens to bed and we’ll need volunteers to help us remove annuals and debris. In particular we need volunteers in these Pittsburgh neighborhoods: Sept. 19 in Oakland, Sept. 24 on North Side and Oct. 1 in Bloomfield. But plenty of other gardens need your help, too! If you or your group can volunteer, contact Lynn McGuire-Olzak at 412-586-2324 or LMcGuire-Olzak@paconserve.org or visit our website for more information.

Grow Food for the Pittsburgh Market
Small-scale farmers leasing farmland on WPC properties are helping to supply locally grown food to the Pittsburgh food market. Fallen Aspen Farm raises produce and livestock, United Somali Bantu of Greater Pittsburgh is raising livestock and later will grow produce and Westylvania Cider Co. has planted trees to grow apples for organic hard cider production. Our farmland access program has farmland available for lease in Westmoreland County. What food will you produce?
Great American Outdoors Act Supports Our Work
An important and historic win for conservation happened when the Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law in August! Now, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been fully funded. Its continuation, along with the ongoing support of our members and other funding sources, helps ensure that our work to protect the region’s land, water and wildlife can go on.
Tips for Seasonal Tree Care
Trees need care and attention year-round to thrive, and the specific care you should give depends on the season. Whether your tree is newly planted or well-established, the Conservancy’s community forestry staff offers tips for seasonal tree care for backyard arborists.

Magaña Sculpture – Special Price for September!


Located on the wall of Edgar Kaufmann Sr.’s terrace is one of four works by artist Mardonio Magaña in the Fallingwater collection. Magaña’s Untitled (Family) sculpture has been replicated to faithfully capture the detail, texture and character of the original limestone piece. Our exclusive reproduction sculpture, made of cast resin and standing 12.5 inches tall, is sure to enhance your home’s indoor or outdoor space.
Available only through the Fallingwater Museum Store, it is regularly priced at $72, but you can purchase it during September for the special price of $62.95.

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     Planted each spring and tended throughout the year, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s vibrant, colorful community flower gardens bring unique identity, beauty, character and charm to communities throughout the region. They also provide important urban wildlife areas for birds and pollinators such as butterflies and bees.
We are grateful for dedicated volunteers who partnered with us this year to plant and care for our gardens. This garden on Pittsburgh’s North Side, sponsored by Reformed Presbyterian Home with Perry Hilltop Volunteers, is located at Perrysville Avenue and Federal Street and is stewarded by our dedicated volunteer, Bill Weir. Learn more about our garden sponsors.
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