Thanks to everyone who came and offered their thoughts on Westmoreland County’s strengths and needs at the Reimagining Our Westmoreland workshop we held in conjunction with the Loyalhanna Watershed Association on Nov. 2.

Your input has been sent to the county for inclusion in the County Comprehensive Plan now being developed.  This plan will help guide local decisions through the year  2031.


Executive Director Position Open

The Westmoreland Land Trust is seeking candidates for the position of part-time Executive Director.  A detailed job description is available here.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their resume no later than November 17 to westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com.


Day of Giving — Thank you!

The Day of Giving was rescheduled for Wednesday, September 21 from 8:00 a.m. until midnight.

Thanks to everyone who supported us!

That day, all donations earned **MATCHING Funds** from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.

And Westmoreland Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization so your gift is tax-deductible under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, to the extent of the law.


“The Sky’s the Limit” — 28 acres added to Cedar Creek Park



The  skies cleared…the people came…the planes flew…and the deed for 28 acres of land was transferred to the county, so it can be added to Cedar Creek Park.   Thanks to everyone who came to “The Sky’s the Limit” celebration event on May 12.

Here are some scenes including the property deed delivered by drone!!







Mike Walsh, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources spoke at the event.



Members of the Mon-Valley Radio Control Club put on an amazing airshow.

MonValleyAirShow#TheSkysTheLimit#5-12-16 Drones wOneOfTheManyFlyingAircraft#TheSkysTheLimit#5-12-16ith cameras and TV screens — along with radio-controlled model helicopters, jets, and giant-scale planes!!!




Kids’ activities included customizing their own airplanes.




Wildflower walks were held.


Drone&RaffleSIgnA Hubsan drone with FPV ($500 value) was raffled off.





Popcorn, hot dogs, and other fun foods were available, and the evLollipopTreeent was free FoodVendorand open to the public.






16#CedarCreekAdditionThe new, 28-acre parcel of land we were celebrating will create a protective “buffer” for the Cedar Creek Gorge (behind the tree line), site of one of the best wildflower shows in western Pennsylvania, as well as new recreation opportunities for visitors, including hiking trails and more room for the radio-controlled model airfield (out of photo, to right).

The Westmoreland Land Trust and the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation raised the money for this land acquisition through competitive grants, one from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; and one from the Colcom Foundation.  THANK YOU!!!




WLT Twin Lakes MFP 2014Thanks to everyone who joined us to “March for Parks”

The Westmoreland Land Trust and the Westmoreland County Parks Department are partnering on several efforts that will add even more land and more fun to our free Westmoreland County parks.

One of these efforts is to develop a new walking/running/biking trail — the Turtle Creek Trail that will extend from Export to Trafford.

We raised funds for this trail in late March during the March for Parks event.




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Acquisition Provides Uninterrupted Access to                   Some 500 Acres of Natural Area


We were able to acquire a 22-acre parcel that connects Duff and Pleasant Valley Parks, so visitors can have uninterrupted access to more than 500 natural acres! Read more about the acquisition.

Strategic Planning

The Westmoreland Land Trust is currently nearing completion of its first-ever strategic planning process.

The majority of the trust’s volunteer board members have been actively involved in this organizational assessment and planning tool, which is being facilitated by Arvind Paranjpe, president of Dynamic Leadership Ltd. Arvind has more than 30 years of experience in facilitating strategic planning, organizational consulting and CEO development.

During this process, the Westmoreland Land Trust has identified seven three-year goals and five key strategies for achieving them. Focus areas include:

  • Property selection
  • Revenue stream
  • Board of Directors and committees
  • Organizational identity
  • Organizational standards and practices
  • Participation in the creation of the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan
  • Staffing

SMART goals, which include measurable outcomes and deadlines for completion. have been identified for each key strategy.


Scenes from “The Pieces are Coming Together” Event

Westmoreland Land Trust Adds 75 Acres To Duff Park, Murrysville                        October 3, 2014