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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 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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Opening for Stewardship Coordinator at Friends of the RiverfrontNew item.

Friends of the Riverfront is seeking a dedicated individual to serve as stewardship coordinator responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of its volunteer-driven riverfront stewardship program.  Details of this position including duties and requirements can be found at the Nonprofit Talent website.  Friends of the Riverfront hopes to begin interviewing candidates by June 26, 2016, so time is of the essence.

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Roy Kraynyk Named “Man of the Year”

Roy Kraynyk.
Roy Kraynyk

The Sewickley Herald has announced its 40th class of honorees for Man, Woman and Citizen of the Year in the Sewickley Valley area.  This year's Man of the Year is Roy Kraynyk, ALT’s Vice President of Land Protection and Capital Projects.  Roy is being honored “for his commitment to land conservation across the region, including his work to preserve 300 acres in Sewickley Valley communities — more than half of which were acquired within the last three years.”

Chris Beichner, ALT President and CEO, declared, “We are excited for Roy and proud he is our colleague.  In the conservation world, we all know that Roy has been the Man of the Last Several Decades.  Congrats, Roy!

You can read the full Sewickley Herald article here and more about Roy and his quest to protect local land here

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Join One of Our Property Workdays

Looking forward to spring and summer, ALT has scheduled workdays at several ALT properties.  If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to get involved or explore a new green space, this is it!

  • TUESDAY, JULY 19 ~ 5 PM – 7 PM ~ TRAIL TUESDAYS AT DEAD MAN’S HOLLOW
    McKeesport, PA 15133 (exact meeting location to be announced)
    Join us every third Tuesday (thru September) as we work to improve and expand the Hollow’s trail system from 6 to 10 miles by helping to build and improve trails, plant trees and native seeds, and remove trash and invasive plants.
    Register for July (Registration required for each month)

  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 ~ 5 PM – 7 PM ~ TRAIL TUESDAYS AT DEAD MAN’S HOLLOW
    McKeesport, PA 15133 (exact meeting location to be announced)
    Join us every third Tuesday (thru September) as we work to improve and expand the Hollow’s trail system from 6 to 10 miles by helping to build and improve trails, plant trees and native seeds, and remove trash and invasive plants.
    Register for August (Registration required for each month)

Please wear appropriate footwear and outerwear.  We will work rain or shine, but will reschedule in case of thunderstorm.  Activities will require climbing over various surfaces, including wet and muddy areas.  Attendees are asked to work at their own ability.  Water, snacks, and tools provided.  Please bring your own reusable water bottle if possible.  In order to participate in these events, you (or your guardian) will be required to sign the ALT Release and Waiver of Liability (PDF download). Contact Caitlin, or 412-741-2750 x 207, with questions.

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Bonfire and Bats: An Evening at Wingfield PinesNew item.

Tuesday, July 26 ~ 6 PM – 9 PM ~ Wingfield Pines Conservation Area

Celebrate the summer while learning about bats at the Wingfield Pines wetland conservation area.  This is an Urban EcoSteward Summer Gathering, but it’s also open to the public.

Registration HERE is required.

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A Little Dirt Can’t Hurt at Wingfield PinesNew item.

Friday, July 29 ~ 6 PM – 8 PM ~ Wingfield Pines Conservation Area

Celebrate International Mud Day with ALT at Wingfield Pines in the dirt!  Can you “cook” a mud pie?  Can you create a muddy masterpiece?  Join us on this internationally celebrated day to find out!  Please come wearing clothes that can get really dirty!  Great for families with children ages 2 - 6.

Registration HERE is required.

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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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ALT Hunting Permits for 2015 Are Now Available

Permits to hunt during the 2015 season on specified ALT properties are now available.  The permit is free and the season runs from September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.  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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ALT Stewardship Truck Campaign

ALT has launched a campaign to raise funds for a stewardship truck.  With over 2,000 acres of protected land, ALT has a lot of tools and a lot of locations to get to in one insufficiently sized car that one of our employees graciously uses for our events and programs.  Until we get our truck, the photo at left shows what every event, volunteer, and program day looks like for our Stewardship Director, Emilie Rzotkiewicz!

You can help with the campaign by visiting our How To Help page and making a donation restricted to the Stewardship Truck Campaign.  Thank you for your generosity.

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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.

 

Allegheny Land Trust