Map of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve

Thanks to cartographer and WLT Board member Loree Speedy for preparation of our new map of the Ackermann Preserve (published with funding provided in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund under the administration of PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, administered through Pennsylvania Environmental Commission’s Laurel Highlands Mini Grant Program).  Watch for additional information about the Ackermann Preserve.


Welcome new AmeriCorps Service Member Stephanie Jellison

The Westmoreland Land Trust is pleased to welcome new AmeriCorps Service Member Stephanie Jellison.  Welcome Stephanie!



Welcome new Board Members

The Westmoreland Land Trust is pleased to welcome Alyson Fearon, Andrew L. Mack, and Joseph Romano to the Board of Directors.

The Tribune Review covered the appointments and the Latrobe Bulletin.

Welcome Alyson, Andy, and Joe!


Natural Areas book available

The Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club has received the second printing of their excellent book, Natural Areas in and around Westmoreland County.  It is the combined work of over 35 members of the WB&N Club, the Audubon Society and local naturalists, most of whom are self-taught and have a love for the local Pennsylvania landscape.  It is edited by long time club leader Dick Byers, and is a guide to 98 natural areas within 35 miles of Greensburg.

The book has something for everyone—hikers, birders, wildflower enthusiasts, and history buffs. A little bit of the history of each site is included, as well as a list of birds and plants that the visitor is likely to see. Scenic views and can’t-miss features are given. Even for those who are new to exploring nature, or looking for a short excursion for the kids, the book is an excellent resource.

The book is being sold at cost for $40, and may be obtained by emailing Dick Byers at otusasio@lhtot.com.  If you would like to see the book, each of the member libraries of the Westmoreland Library Network has a copy.  The WB&N Club will donate proceeds from sales of the book to the Westmoreland Land Trust to support conservation of land in Westmoreland County.


New Story Map

Here is a story map about our project, Green by Design, to evaluate land across Westmoreland County.  Please contact us or stop by for a brochure about the project, or to learn more about our work.  The story map was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation and Partnerships Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, through Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s Laurel Highlands mini grant program.


Thank you to all who support us!

Thanks to you our fund drives are a success.  And thanks to you we are able to complete work well beyond the capacity of our small staff!  Whether you have contributed funding or effort, your support of the Westmoreland Land Trust has made a big difference in our work to conserve land of special ecological, historic, scenic, or recreational value in Westmoreland County.


Help build a future where throughout Westmoreland County open space and recreational lands abound, water resources are protected, and wildlife flourishes.  Thank you to all the people and organizations that help our work, whether with a contribution or effort!




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