NW Allegheny Conservation Project

Protecting Local Land

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With the generous support from hundreds of people in the community, and assistance from foundations and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Allegheny Land Trust has protected more than 800 acres in Bell Acres, Franklin Park, Ross, Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Sewickley Hills, and surrounding communities since our founding in 1993. The strong support from the community has been very encouraging and demonstrates people’s on-going desire to protect local green space.

Allegheny Land Trust continues to work with visionary and generous citizens, community groups, and municipal governments to strategically and permanently protect key parcels of land to expand and connect existing green space and defend against the persistent march of sprawling development.

We are currently working to acquire 90 acres over three different purchases (see map at the bottom of this page) that if protected will connect ALT conservation areas and multiple municipal parks to expand a scenic and recreational greenway in Ohio Township, Franklin Park Borough, and Sewickley Hills Borough.

Protecting this land would add to the growing network of connected green space contributing to the health and well-being of our northwest Allegheny County communities by providing scenic beauty, clean water, fresh air, quiet tranquility, wildlife habitat, and close-to-home outdoor recreation opportunities.

ALT has these properties under exclusive contract to purchase if we are able to raise the necessary funds by December 31, 2021. We have grant requests totaling over $906,000 pending with several private foundations and state agencies to help fund these acquisitions, and need $262,000 of local matching dollars to protect these lands forever. We must act together with urgency, because without the local match we risk losing these grants and with them the opportunity to keep these lands green, clean, and wooded.

We need your help in raising these funds by December 31, 2021 to protect these lands forever. We hope you’ll make your tax-deductible contribution today and know that you are investing in your community today and for future generations.

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