AttendeesAtTheSkysTheLimit#5-12-16AttendeesListenToSpeeches#TheSkysTheLimit#5-12-16The  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, captured by Ann Nemanic and Bob Myers, 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.

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Kids’ activities included customizing their own airplanes.


                Acres Added to Cedar Creek Park

Drones with cameras and TV screens — along with radio-controlled model helicopters, jets, and giant-scale planes — flew at Cedar Creek Park, Rostraver Township, on Thursday, May 12 to celebrate the addition of 28 more acres of land to this popular Westmoreland County Park.

The public was invited to this “The Sky’s the Limit” celebration, which was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the new property, which is located at the top of Cedar Creek Gorge and directly next to the park’s radio-controlled airfield on Timm’s Lane.

In addition to the action-packed air show conducted by members of the Mon-Valley Radio Control Club, other activities include balsa wood airplane flying contests and nature-journal-making for kids; wildflower walks in the beautiful Cedar Creek Gorge; and a raffle for a Hubsan drone with FPV ($500 value). Popcorn, hot dogs, and other fun foods will be available, and the event is free and open to the public.

“The Sky’s the Limit” begsn with a deed-transfer ceremony and remarks from representatives of various agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve open space in Westmoreland County hosted the event.



This new, 28-acre parcel of land 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!!!



Thanks to everyone who supported us on the Day of Giving, May 3.  Unfortunately, the software used by the our area foundations and other foundations across the country could not handle the volume on the site and crashed.
The Pittsburgh Foundation/Community Foundation of Westmoreland County plan to hold an alternate Day of Giving in the future.  More information about that will be posted here when it is available.


On the Day of Giving, all donations will earn **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.


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


A 22-acre parcel that connects Duff and Pleasant Valley Parks. Read more about the acquisition.

Strategic Planning Under way

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