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"The Pittsburgh City Council recently adopted a new Steep Slope Overlay Ordinance to help protect steep wooded slopes such as those on Mt. Washington, which embrace and define the character of Pittsburgh.  Protecting them in a natural condition will provide the community with aesthetic, economic, recreational and environmental benefits for generations."

- Bill Peduto
City of Pittsburgh

Special Projects

Study of Pittsburgh’s Hillsides

Perhaps the most comprehensive study ever undertaken in the City

This study, An Ecological and Physical Investigation of Pittsburgh Hillsides, shows the beneficial role that natural wooded hillsides play in the City of Pittsburgh. It was produced to support the work of the Pittsburgh Hillside Committee established by the City Planning Department in 2002. Funded by the Heinz Endowments and managed by Allegheny Land Trust, the study was prepared by a team of professionals from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and architectural firm, Perkins Eastman.

Please see An Ecological and Physical Investigation of Pittsburgh Hillsides for up-to-date details of this unique and important study. The Hillside Steering Committee’s recently released report is also available.

ALT Receives $650,000 for Abandoned Mine Drainage Treatment System

Schematic representation of AMD Treatment System. Click for a larger version.

Allegheny Land Trust earned a $650,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The grant will support construction of a passive treatment system that will eliminate iron oxide from abandoned mine drainage that is flowing onto the Wingfield Pines property owned by Allegheny Land Trust in Upper St. Clair and South Fayette Townships.  The flow of the iron-laden discharge is at a rate of 2,000 gallons-per-minute.  Click Here to read more...


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