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Conservation News

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.


Allegheny Land Trust News and Events

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ALT Seeks Program Facilitators for Its New Education DepartmentNew item.

Allegheny Land Trust is currently seeking energetic, motivated, outdoor individuals to be part of our new outdoor and environmental education department.  These facilitators will be teaching our hands-on curriculum to students ages 2 through adult via both in-class and field-based school programs, daytime and evening naturalist hikes, environmental camps and more.  We have multiple openings with immediate start dates available.  Please see the position description for complete details, including duties, required qualifications and how to apply.

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ALT Awarded Renewed AccreditationNew item.

Allegheny Land Trust was awarded a renewed accreditation on August 17, 2016 by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, signifying confidence in ALT’s ability to protect and manage land in perpetuity.

ALT was among 38 land trusts across the United States to achieve accreditation or to have accreditation renewed in August, and is one of only 350 accredited land trusts in the nation.  There are approximately 1,700 land trusts in total throughout the country.  Almost 15 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities—an area about the size of the state of West Virginia—are permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

For more on the accreditation renewal, please see this press release.

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Aerial View of Wingfield Pines Conservation AreaNew item.

Here is a short video highlighting the AMD remediation ponds at the Winfield Pines Conservation Area.  The video was created on a foggy morning by TopShot Aerials.

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ALT Hunting Permits for 2016 Are Now Available

Permits to hunt during the 2016 season on specified ALT properties are now available.  The permit is free and the season runs from September 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017.  Please visit our About Hunting on Allegheny Land Trust Properties page to review the hunting program policies and guidelines, see which ALT properties are open for hunting, and to request your hunting permit.

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Allegheny Land Trust Adds Education ProgramsNew item.

Allegheny Land Trust has launched a new outdoor and environmental education initiative, and hired two staff members to manage the new education programs.  The land trust welcomes Jessica Kester and Julie Travaglini, both formerly of The Outdoor Classroom, to create additional educational opportunities, especially for school-aged children, at the land trust’s conservation areas.

The land trust will develop new programs over the coming months for children and adults and those programs will be offered at various locations across the region.  Allegheny Land Trust intends to partner with municipalities, school districts, counties, non-profits and others to provide far-reaching access to the programming.  To learn more about the Allegheny Land Trust’s education programs, please contact Jessica Kester, or 412-741-2750 x210.

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Highlights from a Year of Birding at Barking Slopes

Click over to the Nature page of the Barking Slopes property to view a PDF slideshow of scenic and nature photographs captured by Todd Hooe while birding at ALT’s Barking Slopes.  There is a wide range of birds and other animals to be found at this ALT protected property along the Allegheny River in Plum Borough.

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It’s your Community, your Future and your Choice

Allegheny Land Trust's 212-acre Joshua C. Whetzel Preserve along the banks of the Monongahela River
A wooded slope protected
by Allegheny Land Trust.

212-acre Joshua C. Whetzel Preserve

Since 1993, ALT has protected more than 2,000 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.

 

Bare Hillside
A wooded slope NOT protected
by Allegheny Land Trust


What is Allegheny Land Trust doing to curb this trend?

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.

 

 

Vision: To be recognized as the regional leader in local land conservation and stewardship

Mission: To serve as the lead land trust conserving and stewarding lands that support the scenic, recreational and environmental well-being of communities in Allegheny County and its environs.

 

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