NW Allegheny Conservation Project

Protecting Local Land

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 would 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.

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Progress Bar Updated 5/18/2022

MAY 18, 2022 UPDATE:

We Did It! Generous donations made by several supporters in early May closed the remaining funding gap and enabled us to complete the acquisition of the Buerkle Woodlands property in Sewickley Hills – the largest of the three acquisitions included in the Northwest Allegheny land protection project. One of the other acquisitions in the project has already been completed, and the other will close in the coming weeks.

We’ll now begin fulfilling our responsibilities to care for these newly-preserved lands – including marking the boundaries, installing signage, monitoring the land, and more. We look forward to protecting this land for the benefit of residents today and for generations to come.