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New item.The Summer 2014 issue of VISTAS is available.  You’ll find it in our VISTAS Archive.  Click on the link below to receive your copy in the mail or by email.

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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.

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Washington County Day of Giving – Thursday, September 10thNew item.

Washington County Gives logo.

During this one-day event, each donation you make to the Allegheny Land Trust via the Washington County Day of Giving website or by check will be increased by a percentage of a $100,000 bonus pool!  Funding for the match pool is provided by Washington County Community Foundation sponsors and anonymous contributors.

You can share in the excitement of this special event by supporting Allegheny Land Trust through WCCF Gives, Washington County's official community-wide day of giving.  Visit the WCCF Gives website for complete details.  Thank you for supporting Allegheny Land Trust!

Help ALT Fill the Gap in Sewickley Heights ParkNew item.

Young Property sign.

At last, the community has the opportunity to fill the hole-in-the-doughnut!  This 58 acre parcel is surrounded by Sewickley Heights Parkland and conservation land held by Allegheny Land Trust.  The mature woodlands, slopes and stream valley host popular hiking, biking and equestrian trials that would be lost were the property developed.  Environmental impact from any development could seriously impair the exceptional water quality of Little Sewickley Creek that meanders along the property’s borders.  See the Project Primer (pdf file) for more details and please make a tax-deductible donation to help match pending grants that require a local match.  Be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to save this wonderful property forever!



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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 1,500 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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