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Conservation News

Allegheny County’s Greenways map now includes the ALT Greenprint, highlighting areas with the highest priority for conservation.  You can download the Greenways map which is part of Allegheny Places, Allegheny County’s Comprehensive Plan.

An IRA Charitable Rollover permits individuals age 70½ and above to make charitable donations (think ALT!) of up to $100,000 from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Roth IRAs without having to count the distributions as taxable income.  For information, please see the Independent Sector web site which also discusses proposed improvements to the law.

Learning About Fungi on Sycamore IslandNew item.

The May 16th Mushroom Indentification Walk sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club and Allegheny Land Trust attracted more than 30 mushroom hunters looking to collect and learn about fungi on Sycamore Island.  Read more about this event in this Tribune-Review article.

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ClearWater Conservancy Seeks Executive DirectorNew item.

The ClearWater Conservancy, located in State College, PA, has an opening for an Executive Director.  Details of the position can be found in this PDF document.  For details about how to apply and any additional information, please contact the ClearWater Conservancy at (814) 237-0400 or

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Management Plan for Dead Man’s Hollow Finalized

Allegheny Land Trust - Dead Man's Hollow
Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area across the
Youghiogheny River from Versailles, PA.

Through much of 2014, Allegheny Land Trust has worked with Pashek and Associates to create a management plan to promote and manage the use of Dead Man’s Hollow in a sustainable manner and to guide ALT in making decisions in achieving its goals for the property, now and into the future.

The Dead Man’s Hollow Management Plan document analyzes: Where Are We Now—an inventory and analysis of the existing site resources; Where Do We Want To Be—establishment of the vision, goals, recommendations for managing conservation and recreation aspects of the property to achieve the vision and goals established for the property; and How Do We Get There—specific recommendations and implementation strategies developed to achieve the vision for the future of the Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area.

You can download the full Management Plan (36MB PDF).  An Executive Summary (16MB PDF) is also available.  Additional information about Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area can be found on the property pages.

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ALT Launches Stewardship Truck Campaign

ALT has launched a campaign to raise funds for a stewardship truck.  With over 1,700 acres of protected land, ALT has a lot of tools and a lot of locations to get to in one insufficiently sized car that one of our employees graciously uses for our events and programs.  Until we get our truck, the photo at left shows what every event, volunteer, and program day looks like for our Stewardship Director, Emilie Rzotkiewicz!

You can help with the campaign by visiting our How To Help page and making a donation restricted to the Stewardship Truck Campaign.  Thank you for your generosity.

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85% of Funds Raised to Fill the Gap in Sewickley Heights Park

Fund raising sign.

Although we’ve reached 85% of our fund-raising goal to acquire a parcel of land that will fill the gap in Sewickley Heights Park, we still need the community’s help.  There is still a chance for YOU to help fill the hole-in-the-doughnut!

This 58 acre parcel is surrounded by Sewickley Heights Parkland and conservation land held by Allegheny Land Trust.  The mature woodlands, slopes and stream valley host popular hiking, biking and equestrian trials that would be lost were the property developed.  Environmental impact from any development could seriously impair the exceptional water quality of Little Sewickley Creek that meanders along the property’s borders.  See the Project Primer (pdf file) for more details.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to help match pending grants that require a local match.  Be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to save this wonderful property forever!

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Wingfield Pines Receives “Healthy Place” Award

ULI Pittsburgh logo.

The Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh has honored Allegheny Land Trust’s Wingfield Pines Conservation Area in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette with their Healthy Place Award for Excellence, citing the property’s promotion of healthfulness through design and/or access.  The award was announced at the Institute’s Second Annual Placemaking Awards for Excellence held recently at the Fairmont Hotel.  You can read more about the awards at the Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh website or in this Tribune-Review article.

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Mushroom Club Finds Unusual Species at Wingfield Pines

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During the October 4th RADical Days event at Wingfield Pines, members of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club took a walk on the property and cataloged their findings.  In spite of the cold weather and some frozen precipitation, they cataloged 18 species, the most interesting of which were Marasmius felix and Dacryopinax spathularia.  You can read about the event and see the complete species list at the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club website.

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It’s your Community, your Future and your Choice

Allegheny Land Trust's 212-acre Joshua C. Whetzel Preserve along the banks of the Monongahela River
A wooded slope protected
by Allegheny Land Trust.

212-acre Joshua C. Whetzel Preserve

Since 1993, ALT has protected more than 1,500 acres in 21 municipalities in Allegheny and Washington Counties.  These lands help to manage storm and floodwaters, provide scenic beauty and protect wildlife habitat and biodiversity.  Secondary benefits include opportunities for non-motorized passive recreation such as hiking, improved marketability and value of adjacent properties and preservation of a community’s rural character.


Bare Hillside
A wooded slope NOT protected
by Allegheny Land Trust

What is Allegheny Land Trust doing to curb this trend?

Allegheny Land Trust empowers people to shape the future of their community by providing the technical skills and know-how to protect treasured local open space.  Green space is more vulnerable than ever as public subsidies are now being used to transform local green space into suburban sprawl.

Please take a few moments to explore our web site to learn more about ALT and our land conservation practices and programs.



Vision: To be recognized as the regional leader in local land conservation and stewardship

Mission: To serve as the lead land trust conserving and stewarding lands that support the scenic, recreational and environmental well-being of communities in Allegheny County and its environs.


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