Position Opening – become an AmeriCorps Service Member working with the Westmoreland Land Trust

The WLT seeks a person to serve as an AmeriCorps Service Member to work with the WLT.  This is an exceptional opportunity to – with pay – join a small group of people doing big things for land conservation in Westmoreland County!  See post at https://www.pmsc.org/current-positions/; we seek applications by 9-26-19.  Position features an education award of $6,095 earned by completion of 1700 hours of service.  Email westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com or call Betsy Aiken at 724 325-3031 with questions.

Position Description: Environmental stewardship position building awareness of conservation, evaluating projects, & supporting invasive species control.  One 1700 hour position service term: October through August.  Apply today to join us for a year as an AmeriCorps Service Member!

Second printing of Natural Areas in and around Westmoreland County is now 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.



After Paddle

Thanks to all for our After Paddle on May 18, which followed the 2019 Loyalhanna Sojourn!  It was a beautiful afternoon thanks to great music from Triple Play, delicious food from Route 66 BBQ, and help from many in New Alexandria, the New Alexandria VFD, Boy Scout Troop #205, Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation, Keystone State Park the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, and Latrobe Parks & Recreation.  Over 200 Sojourners stopped by, and many interested in our land conservation in Westmoreland County. Special thanks to Westmoreland Land Trust board members John Lohr, Theo van de Venne, Brian Lawrence, and Tammy Colt who helped throughout the day.









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!



Welcome William Danchuk, William Mihalco, and Kodie Rearick

The Westmoreland Land Trust welcomes William Danchuk, William Mihalco, and Kodie Rearick.  William Danchuk and William Mihalco join the land trust as board members, and Kodie Rearick as an AmeriCorps Service Member.

Danchuk, an attorney who lives in New Florence, has worked for corporations including USX as well as founding his own companies related to safety, health, and the environment.  He is a woodworker who makes cherry and walnut classical furniture and a volunteer board member of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association.

Mihalco of Harrison City is a registered professional engineer who spent most of his career with Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. His volunteer involvement includes service as an associate director of the Westmoreland Conservation District, a board member and secretary of the Turtle Creek Watershed Association, and vice chairman of the Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board.

Rearick graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor of science in wildlife and fisheries science. She joins the land trust with experience as a team leader/biological technician for Sanders Environmental Inc., a hunting control manager at a refuge in Maryland, and as a field data collection technician with Crawford Consulting Services in Pittsburgh.



Upcoming Events

Westmoreland Land Trust Board Meeting @ Westmoreland Conservationn District Barn
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Westmoreland Land Trust Board meeting will start at 9 AM.  The public is welcome and invited to attend.

Westmoreland Land Trust Board Meeting @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Westmoreland Land Trust Board meeting will start at 9 AM.  The public is welcome and invited to attend.