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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

35-Acre Wetland Protected in the French Creek Watershed

     You can now enjoy access to 35 acres of natural, forested wetlands in the French Creek Watershed in Waterford Township, Erie County. The Conservancy protected the area in October, now named LeBoeuf Wetlands Conservation Area, and will manage it for habitat protection, including for rare plants and plant species of concern.

     Its forested riparian buffer helps regulate stream temperatures and contributes to improved water quality and aquatic habitat within the French Creek watershed. This natural area is open to the public for hiking, birding, wildlife watching, research and nature study. Visitors should use caution navigating this uninhabited forested wetland. Access is available from Old State Road.

     This conservation acquisition was made possible thanks to grants from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Funding was also provided by individual donors and the estate of Helen B. Katz. Read more about the LeBoeuf Wetlands Conservation Area.

More Land for You to Explore in Westmoreland County

Last month, WPC permanently protected 173 acres of farmland and forest in Ligonier Township with a conservation easement, which will limit development to preserve the land’s natural features for generations to come. Twenty acres are publicly available for fishing, hiking, walking, wildlife viewing and exploring. The property’s extensive forested riparian area will also help improve water quality in Mill Creek, a cold water fishery that supports natural trout reproduction. Learn more about this newly protected land in the Ligonier Valley.
Experience Fallingwater on a Winter Walk

Have you ever seen Fallingwater blanketed in snow or walked the silent paths while the waterfall was frozen? Discover the beauty of the house and its landscape on a Winter Walk, Nov. 30 to Mar. 5, 2021. Admission provides access to the grounds and the house’s exterior, including several terraces, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT daily. The Museum Store and Speyer Gallery, featuring an exhibition of paintings by the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society in celebration of its 75th anniversary, are open through Dec. 31.

Watershed Team Finds 8 Mussel Species Missing for More than a Century

While conducting surveys on the Kiski River in September, the WPC watershed conservation team found eight freshwater mussel species that hadn’t been seen for more than 100 years. The presence of freshwater mussels is a good indicator of a stream’s health and resiliency. Read the article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and watch the video that captured their underwater discovery, and learn more about our work with mussels. 

Apply for Funds by Nov. 13 to Create or Improve Canoe Access
Do you love to canoe or kayak, but need easier access to get on local rivers and streams? Our Canoe Access Development Fund provides grants to the region’s watershed organizations and community groups to develop and improve water access for canoeing and kayaking. Applications for CADF funding are open through 5 p.m. on Nov. 13. Plus, our partners at the PA Fish and Boat Commission also have a canoe grant program that you can apply to for funding, too!
Be Cool in the Zoom Room

Many of us are spending a lot of time on Zoom, Microsoft Teams or other virtual meeting platforms. Why not personalize your virtual space with beautiful photos of nature, WPC properties and Fallingwater? Download our seasonal backgrounds and show your friends and colleagues that you support our work and protect our region’s water, land and wildlife! Share the love by tagging @waterlandlife and using #virtuallythere.

View Free Climate Change, Gardening and Fallingwater-related Webinars
In case you missed them, several free webinars are available to view at your convenience. Conservation in a Changing Climate shares how conservationists are reacting to protect our region’s most vulnerable species. Our garden webinars provide practical help from our community gardens staff about Plants v. Stormwater and Planting for Pollinators. For Fallingwater-related webinars, check out the Fallingwater From Home section on Fallingwater.org. 
Support WPC and Fallingwater This Giving Season

2021 Fallingwater Calendar is Now on Sale!


Our exclusive 2021 Fallingwater Calendar features interior and exterior photographs taken throughout the seasons as well as stunning aerial views of the site. Enjoy the beauty of Fallingwater and share with friends and relatives. A great holiday gift, this 12" x 12" wall calendar (12" x 24" open) is available only at the Fallingwater Museum Store, and beginning Nov. 1 our calendar, regularly $18, will be on sale for only $9.95! Supplies are limited, so purchase yours today! Sale ends Dec. 31.

November Desktop Background

The 40-acre Joshua C. Whetzel Memorial Recreation Area is part of WPC’s
Casselman River Conservation Area, which protects 644 acres along several sections of the GAP trail and the Casselman River. Dominated by oak and maple, this forested land is open to the public at no charge for hiking, plant and wildlife observation and hunting (except on Sundays) and is accessible from the GAP trail in Confluence. Birders will be interested to know that it is within the Youghiogheny Valley Important Bird Area with habitat that may support a number of priority bird species such as various warblers and northern parula. 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