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WPC's Monthly eNewsletter

WPC Continues Protecting Land in Beautiful Ligonier Valley

The area between the forested flanks of Laurel and Chestnut ridges in Westmoreland County is the Ligonier Valley – a place that’s been a conservation priority for the Conservancy since the 1970s, due to the exceptional natural and scenic features of the area. Since that time, we’ve worked with landowners to conserve nearly 10,000 acres of land in the valley via conservation easements. And just last month, we protected another property, thanks to the generosity of landowners Michael Blehar and Beth Evans, who donated an easement on their 22 acres. Learn more about Michael and Beth’s contribution to nature.

Land Stewardship Affords Teen Time with Family

Emily Tekelenburg began volunteering as a land steward when she was a high school junior. With her family, she helps develop trails, remove debris and maintain native ecosystems by pulling invasive species. Read Emily’s story! A variety of land stewardship opportunities are available, including on many Fridays in February and March, weather permitting. Please contact Andy Zadnik for details at azadnik@paconserve.org or 412-586-2318.
Become a Volunteer Garden Steward
Love gardening? Interested in giving back to your local community? We’re seeking several volunteers to become stewards of our community flower gardens, especially for the Point and Liberty Tunnel gardens in downtown Pittsburgh and the McKnight & McIntyre garden in Pittsburgh's North Hills. View a list of gardens in need and learn more about becoming a steward.
Apply Now for Fallingwater High School Residency Program

High school students interested in architecture and design can join Fallingwater's high school summer residency programs. Refine your design or art skills, or prepare for admission to an architecture, art or design school at an intensive skill-building program. View each residency's application requirements.  Deadlines are approaching in May and June. 
Register for the 2020 Riparian Forest Buffer Summit
Trees and plants planted along streams can help transform a polluted watershed to a healthy one. WPC joins DCNR to host the 2020 Riparian Forest Buffer Summit, March 11 and 12 in the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. Anyone, including concerned community members, landowners and professionals, can network and learn about riparian buffer zone data and research. Register today!
WPC Loan Fund Helps Local Land Trust Secure Land
The Lake Erie Region Conservancy protected nearly 180 acres of land along Elk Creek in December, thanks in part to a bridge loan from WPC’s Colcom Revolving Fund for Local Land Trusts. Check out this property in Girard Township, Erie County that provides improved public access to the popular steelhead fishing stream for anglers and nature lovers.
Last Call to Apply for Summer College Internships
Fallingwater and the Conservancy have exciting, educational internships available. Intern positions include preservation, collections, landscaping, education, multimedia, watershed conservation and invasive plant biology. These full-time internships are paid; Fallingwater interns also receive free housing. Apply soon!

Fallingwater Topography Pint Glass

Enjoy your favorite beverage in our new Fallingwater Topography Pint Glass. Designed and made in the USA, the 16-oz. etched glass features contour lines of elevation and ones depicting Bear Run and the Youghiogheny River. GPS coordinates for Fallingwater are etched on one side, pinpointing the location of the iconic Kaufmann house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Order these glasses today for your next celebration!

February Desktop Background

Giant trees still reign in Hearts Content National Scenic Area, located within Allegheny National Forest. Home to one of the last remaining untouched and intact forests in the Northeastern U.S., the area hosts 300- to 400-year-old trees that tower to 160 feet. Located near Tidioute in Warren County, within ANF’s Hearts Content Recreation Area, this scenic area hosts a 20-acre stand of uncut white pine, Eastern hemlock and American beech forest. Hiking and cross-country skiing trails invite visitors to witness the trees’ majestic grandeur. To protect this unique forest from gas and oil development, WPC obtained subsurface ownership on 122 acres and transferred the rights to the U.S. Forest Service in 1990. Visit fs.usda.gov/allegheny/
 for more information. Download this calendar featuring Hearts Content.

Dear Members, Thank You for Your Patience
The Conservancy has converted to new database software to improve our donor service capabilities. We’re working to make this transition as seamless as possible, but if your name, address or any other information is incorrect at any time, please let us know by sending an email to development@paconserve.org or calling 1-866-564-6972.
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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-288-2777, Email: info@paconserve.org