The Autumn 2014 issue of VISTAS is available. You’ll find it in our VISTAS Archive. Click on the link below to receive your copy in the mail or by email.
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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.
Please join Allegheny Land Trust at the National Aviary on Pittsburgh’s North Side for a fundraiser celebration of 20 years of land conservation excellence. The evening features a VIP hour from 6 to 7 PM and a main event from 7 to 11 PM.
The VIP portion of the celebration will feature an awards session, a live jazz band performance featuring Jessica Lee, bird interactions, a specialty cocktail, and Atria’s heavy specialty hors d’oeuvres and small plates.
The main event will feature bird exhibits, a live DJ, a cash bar, Atria’s heavy hors d’oevres and small plates, interactive conservation area exhibits, and much more.
To purchase tickets for this exciting evening, just follow this link.
Whether you’re a long-time friend of ALT or someone who is not at all familiar with our work, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of celebration for all in the Pittsburgh region. It is because of you that ALT has been able to conserve over 1,700 acres of green space in Allegheny and Washington counties. Thank you! Now let’s celebrate together!
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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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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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At last, the community has the opportunity to 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 and 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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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.
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.