Lowries Run Slopes Expansion Project

Protecting Local Land

SUMMARY | Allegheny Land Trust is working with community partners to acquire and permanently protect 24 acres of green space in Ross Township along Lowries Run. These woodlands are directly adjacent to ALT’s existing Lowries Run Slopes Conservation Area and would serve as a large connection to Ross Township’s Marion Doulton Green Space, which would create a 67-acre contiguous greenway in this busy suburban setting. 

BENEFITS | The land’s permanent conservation will benefit the health, well-being, and enjoyment of current and future residents by protecting biodiversity, air and water quality, and local scenic character as well as create expanded opportunities for close-to-home passive recreation and environmental education.

Protecting this land would help to address water quality and flooding issues in Lowries Run by allowing the continued absorption of 20 million gallons of rainwater annually. It would also help to maintain air quality by annually sequestering 97,000 pounds of carbon and removing 1,700 pounds of other pollutants.

STATUS & FUNDING | ALT currently has an exclusive contract to purchase and permanently protect this green space contingent upon successfully raising the needed funds for closing. DECEMBER 2023 UPDATE: We have extended the closing on this project to March 2024 so we can raise the dollars needed to purchase and permanently protect this land. 

A total of $560,000 is needed to conserve the land. ALT either has funding applications pending or in process with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, local foundations and corporations, and local municipalities. The final critical component of the funding puzzle is donations from individuals in the community.

HOW YOU CAN HELP | Donations from individuals are a crucial component to every ALT land conservation project as they provide much-needed funds to acquire the land AND serve as the required matching dollars needed to unlock the state grants.

For this project, we need the community to help us raise $41,150 to protect this land as permanent green space and benefit residents today and for generations to come.  We hope you’ll help save this local land by making a donation today.

2024 FUNDRAISING UPDATE: You did It! Local individuals helped raise the community campaign funds! While we’re not done yet, your support has helped us meet the required local matching dollars. Now, ALT continues to work on its multipronged plan to raise the remaining necessary dollars from state and local granting bodies, private foundations, and local corporations to meet our March 2024 closing deadline. Any additional donations from individuals will continue to fill our remaining funding gap to support the permanent conservation of this land. Thank you for all for all of your support so far!

Current Community Funding Status (updated: 2/1/2024)


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A map of the Lowries Run Slopes Expansion Project, which would connect ALT's Lowries Run Slopes with Ross Township's Marion Doulton Green Space along Lowries Run stream and road.

For more information on the project,  please find a dashboard linked here as a PDF.