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WPC's Monthly Newsletter

New WPC-Protected Natural Area Opens in Somerset County

Whites Creek Valley Natural Area was protected in Addison Township, Somerset County last month, and is now available for you to enjoy and explore. Retired botanist Paul McMillian, Jr., who recognized the importance of protecting his forested property, donated it to the Conservancy. A popular fishing spot, Whites Creek is a natural trout-producing stream and designated as a “High Quality Cold Water Fishery.” The Conservancy will own and manage the property as a natural area open to the public for outdoor recreation including nature watching and fishing. Read more about WPC’s newest natural area and view a map.

Make A Year-End Gift By Dec. 31

Give back to nature this holiday season by making a donation to the Conservancy or Fallingwater. Or, starting at just $30, a gift membership is perfect for anyone on your holiday list. Please make your donation online today or call 412-586-2340. You can trust giving to us – we are a four-star rated charity with Charity Navigator.
Another Ligonier Valley Property Protected via a Conservation Easement

We just sold a 115-acre forested property in Westmoreland County along Loyalhanna Creek to a private landowner and permanently protected it through a conservation easement. Learn more about this newly protected property and conservation easements.
Fallingwater Tour Hours in December

Fallingwater is open for guided house tours on weekends only in December and every day from December 26-31. The house is closed in January and February, but grounds passes are available, weather permitting. Book your December tour today!
Consider Tree-Friendly Salt Options This Winter

Take extra care this winter to protect the trees around your home or business by using tree-friendly deicing alternatives. Traditional rock salt can destroy tree roots and raise pH levels, both of which can eventually kill trees. Learn more about alternatives like magnesium chloride and other tree care best practices to use this winter.
Deadline Approaching for Dominion Watershed Mini Grant Program
There’s still time for watershed and environmental groups to apply for the 2017-2018 Watershed Mini Grant Program. Funding from Dominion Energy supports water quality monitoring, watershed restoration and outreach projects. Applications are available online through Dec. 29.
Discover Biodiversity News in Wild Heritage Newsletter

Check out the fall issue of the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program’s Wild Heritage Newsletter. You can learn more about the resurgence of the piping plover, the many species of peat mosses in Pennsylvania, and freshwater mussel surveys on the Ohio River. Download the latest edition of the PNHP quarterly newsletter.

2018 Calendar Available For Fallingwater Fans

Ring in the new year with the limited edition 2018 Fallingwater Calendar. The calendar highlights the Kaufmann’s collection of paintings and prints, many of which now hang in Fallingwater. Each month highlights a new piece of artwork, and discusses its history and location within the house. Purchase the 2018 Fallingwater calendar online today. Purchasing as a gift? Order by Dec. 18 for holiday delivery.

December Desktop Background

Bear Run Nature Reserve is the largest property owned by the Conservancy. Hardwood and hemlock forests cover the 5,000-acre reserve, with trailheads located down the road from Fallingwater, making it the perfect spot for winter hiking, camping and snowshoeing. View a property brochure and map and download this month’s desktop calendar, featuring Bear Run.
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