Girty’s Woods

Help Save Girty’s Woods: A Current Conservation Project

These 155-acre woodlands slope from the peaceful, residential streets of Reserve Township, past the southern end of Shaler township, down to the densely-populated Millvale Borough. Find a map of the land here, and a conservation project brochure here.

Together, we have the opportunity to protect Girty’s Woods forever to create passive recreation opportunities, absorb heavy rainwater that would otherwise overwhelm Girty’s Run watershed, and preserve habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna already calling it home.

ALT is working with the local community, the municipalities of Millvale, Shaler, and Reserve, as well as various other local, state, private, and public supporters to purchase this land for permanent protection.

Girty’s Woods is accessible by a port authority bus route, a regional trail, and by the feet of thousands of neighbors within walking distance of the green space. The land features an informal network of crisscrossed trails winding through the green space passing scenic overlooks, open fields, wetland areas, relics of the area’s resource extraction, and a recovering biodiverse forest.

Check out the media buzz on the project: Post-Gazette [July 13], Shaler Area School District Newsletter [September 22], Tribune-Review [September 23], Tribune-Review [October 13], Tribune-Review [October 21], KDKA [January 21].

We hope you’ll join the effort to permanently protect this “best kept secret” by making a donation today. To stay up-to-date on the project, donate at the link below and sign on to the Girty’s Woods email list here.

If you’d like to become involved in helping to protect this project as an individual, corporate group, organization, or other participant, then please contact Lindsay Dill at ldill@alleghenylandtrust.org.

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UPDATED March 18, 2021. We did it! During the March 17 community fundraiser hosted by Mr. Smalls Theatre and New Sun Rising, ALT was excited to learn and announce that 100% funds needed to protect this land were raised!

A big thank you to the community organizations that made financial contributions or otherwise helped raise funds and awareness of the Girty’s Woods conservation project:

Baby Loves Tacos, Delta Eta Epsilon at University of Pittsburgh, Duncan Street Sandwich Shop, EIS Solar, Emergence A Women’s Collective, EvolveEA, First National Bank (Millvale Branch), Gristhouse Brewing, Hahn Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery, Kiwanis Club of Glenshaw, Lemon Tree Records, Lucky Sign Spirits, Maude’s Paperwing Gallery, Maitri Genetics, Millvale Borough, Millvale CDC, Millvale Community Library, Millvale Peeps, Millvale Tee Company, Mr. Smalls Theatre, Neighborhood Allies, New Sun Rising, North Area Environmental Council, Pageboy Salon & Boutique, Palo Alto Consulting, Pamela’s Lincoln Diner, Saxifrage School, Shaler Area School District, Strange Roots Brewing, Sprezzatura, Triboro Ecodistrict, Tupelo Honey Teas, West Penn Laco, and Yetter’s Candies.

We’d also like to thank Representative Sara Innamorato’s office, Senator Lindsey William’s office, Lt Governor John Fetterman’s office, and County Councilperson Anita Prizio for their active roles in supporting this project. Thank you, all!

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