Aiken Named Executive Director

Greensburg, PA — Betsy Aiken of Export has been named executive director of the Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space in Westmoreland County.

Aiken, a well-known and long-time community volunteer, has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Land Trust since the organization’s founding in 2008. She is stepping out of that role to assume this new position with the Land Trust.

Aiken has a BA and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Among her many local, county, and state volunteer efforts, she co-founded the Friends of Murrysville Parks; co-founded and leads the Murrysville Trail Alliance; serves on the Citizens’ Advisory Board for the Westmoreland County Department of Parks and Recreation; and serves on the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee of the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“We couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable or dedicated executive director,” said Westmoreland Land Trust Chair Chuck Duritsa, who has worked with Betsy as a member of organization’s board for the past 10 years.

“It is important to me to do things that make a difference…that leave a legacy…and I believe that the Westmoreland Land Trust has great potential to do that,” Aiken said. Her first day as executive director is December 1.

Since 2008, the 10-year-old Westmoreland Land Trust has been achieving its goals largely through the volunteered time, efforts, and energies of some 23 board members. Board members will continue their active involvement, but having Aiken as the executive director will help achieve goals more quickly and comprehensively, Duritsa said.

The Westmoreland Land Trust has conserved some 235 acres in six Westmoreland County communities, including the City of Greensburg, North Huntingdon Township, and Murrysville. Its most recent acquisition was 28 acres in Rostraver Township, obtained in partnership with the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and added to Cedar Creek Park.

The Westmoreland Land Trust executive director position was created with funding from the Allegheny Foundation.


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Support WLT on Tuesday Nov. 28 via Give Big Pittsburgh!

Please contribute to the Westmoreland Land Trust as part of Give Big Pittsburgh this coming Tuesday, November 28. Donations will be accepted by the website through December 31. If you prefer you can mail a donation directly to Westmoreland Land Trust, 218 Donohoe Road, Greensburg PA 15601. At Give Big Pittsburgh, click Give Back, then under Search type in Westmoreland Land Trust and enter your information.

Thank you to all the people and organizations that support or help us, whether with a contribution or effort!

Give Big Pittsburgh to replace Day of Giving Event

Give Big Pittsburgh will be a month-long giving campaign, running from November 28th – December 31st. This event will replace the annual Day of Giving event that WLT has previously participated in. Please visit for more information. Donations can always be made directly on our website or through the mail. Thank you for your support!

United Way Day of Caring Event: A Great Success!

The Westmoreland Land Trust participated in the United Way Day of Caring event held on September 8, 2017. With the help of employees from Columbia Gas, WLT was able to further its trail development project at Ackermann Nature Reserve in Ardara. The next trail building event at Ackermann will be held on Wednesday, October 11th from 5pm-7pm. All are welcome!

Re-imagining Our Westmoreland


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.