water, land, life
WPC's Monthly Newsletter

WPC Protects Land and Public Access to Popular Fishing Spot

One of Western Pennsylvania’s largest state parks is expanding thanks to the Conservancy’s protection of 105 acres last month. WPC transferred the land to become the newest addition to Laurel Ridge State Park. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, a Catholic congregation serving primarily in Western Pennsylvania, sold the Westmoreland County property to the Conservancy with the goal of preserving the area’s natural beauty and recreational resources. More than 3,400 feet of North Fork of the Mill Creek watershed flows through the property and hosts wild brook trout, making it a popular destination for anglers. Read more about this addition to Laurel Ridge State Park.

It’s a Happy 2018, Thanks to Your Support!

Because of you - our members, donors and volunteers – we were able to work together to protect, explore and beautify our region in 2017. From all of us at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your support in this short video and wish you a wonderful and happy 2018!
Huntingdon County Cave Provides Shelter to Endangered Bat

Last month, the Conservancy protected 13 acres of land, including a limestone cave system formerly known as Indian Caverns, and 1,500 feet of frontage along the renowned Spruce Creek. Learn more about how this property will help cave-dwelling bats, including the federally endangered Indiana bat, and provide public access to the popular trout fishing stream.
Fallingwater Grounds Passes Available in January and February

Explore the peaceful landscape around Fallingwater with fresh snow on the ground! Although Fallingwater closes to the public each winter, you can still explore the natural area, sculptures and trails surrounding the house by purchasing a grounds pass, weather permitting. Call 724-329-8501 prior to visiting to book your pass.
Cherry Run Featured in Pittsburgh Quarterly
Just east of Pittsburgh is the more than 12,000-acre State Game Lands No. 295, also known as Cherry Run. Hikers and anglers looking for a remote place to explore will find rocky terrain, dense rhododendron and cascading trout streams. Read more in the fall issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly.

1,000-Piece Gold Foil Puzzle Features Wright Art Glass

New in the Fallingwater Museum Store, Frank Lloyd Wright fans will love this new Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers Puzzle. The 1,000-piece puzzle features gold foil pieces and depicts the saguaro, a tree-like cactus native to Arizona’s deserts. These iconic cacti adorn the landscape near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale. You can purchase this unique item online today.

January Desktop Background

One of the Conservancy’s most unique wetland properties is the West Branch French Creek Conservation Area in Erie County. First established in 1996, the conservation area has grown to cover 602 acres throughout the years. It features extensive wetlands and frontage along West Branch of French Creek. French Creek is documented to have the highest level of aquatic diversity of any river of its size in Pennsylvania. It includes species of federally endangered freshwater mussels, 26 other mussel species and numerous fish species. Download the January desktop calendar featuring the West Branch French Creek Conservation Area.
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