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Westmoreland Land Trust and Westmoreland County Parks to Add 28 Acres to Cedar Creek Park

16#CedarCreekAdditionGreensburg, PA –The Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve open space in Westmoreland County, and the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation have announced that 28 more acres will be added to Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Township.

The two organizations partnered to acquire this new property because of its ecological and recreational value.

Located on top of a steep slope at the eastern edge of Cedar Creek Gorge, the new property will provide an important, undeveloped buffer for the gorge, which is a Natural Habitat Area and a designated Biodiversity Area of Exceptional Significance known for its spectacular wildflowers.

The property also will provide more recreation opportunities for park visitors, including new trails and, because of its elevation, new scenic outlooks, as well as room for enhancements to the existing radio-controlled model airfield adjacent to it on the north.

Cedar Creek Park is the second-most frequently used Westmoreland County Park. It offers prime access to the Youghiogheny River and the Great Allegheny Passage hiking/biking trail, and features ball and soccer fields, a boat launch, an amphitheater and 19 pavilions. The new acquisition will increase the size of the park to 480 acres.

Funding to acquire the new property was obtained by the Westmoreland Land Trust and the Westmoreland County Bureau of Parks and Recreation through competitive grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, and the Colcom Foundation.

A celebration of the purchase of this property and its addition to Cedar Creek Park is planned for Thursday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “The Sky’s The Limit” will feature model aircraft flying demonstrations by the Mon-Valley Radio Control Club, a raffle for a drone, an airplane-flying contest, wildflower and bird walks, food and fun. It is free and open to the public and will be held on the new property, which is located by following Timm’s Lane into Cedar Creek Park.


Thank you, Donors!


Thanks to everyone who supported our efforts to conserve open space in Westmoreland County on the Day of Giving, Tuesday, May 5.

We raised a grand total of $3,206.85, that included gifts from 28 individual donors, and a percentage match from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County/Pittsburgh Foundation.


WLT Acquires Link Joining Duff and Pleasant Valley Parks

January 2, 2015

Westmoreland Land Trust Acquires New Property to Link

Duff and Pleasant Valley Parks in Murrysville

 The Westmoreland Land Trust recently acquired a piece of property in Murrysville that, for the first time, will allow nature enthusiasts to move unrestricted on foot or bike between Duff and Pleasant Valley parks.

The non-profit land trust worked with the Municipality of Murrysville and the private property owner to negotiate the acquisition of this long, narrow, 22-acre parcel that creates a continuous green corridor linking the two existing natural areas. Read more

Scenes from “The Pieces are Coming Together” Event

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

Westmoreland Land Trust Team Raises Nearly $2,000 for Turtle Creek Trail

TCRR_map_with_labels_4-7-14The Westmoreland Land Trust team was among the top-ten fundraising teams in the 2014 March For Parks event, raising nearly $2,000 to help build the Turtle Creek Trail.

This nearly 10-mile-long trail will run alongside Turtle Creek from the western edge of Lincoln Avenue in Export, all the way to Trafford, passing through Murrysville, Monroeville, and Penn Township along the way. Read more

Duff Park To Expand, Westmoreland Land Trust Announces

Fans of Duff Park soon will have much more nature to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of the Westmoreland Land Trust and the generosity of long-time Murrysville residents Theo and Pia van de Venne.

Conservation of three adjacent parcels of land, totaling a little more than 74 acres, was secured by the Westmoreland Land Trust, and the parcels soon will be transferred to the Municipality of Murrysville for annexation to Duff Park. The additional parcels will increase the size of Duff Park by almost 50%, to a total of more than 236 acres, and will expand the park to the south and west. Read more

Thanks, Day of Giving Donors!

Thanks to everyone who made a donation to the Westmoreland Land Trust on the recent Day of Giving.

With your donations…and the match of the Community Foundation…we raised more than $7,700 for our efforts to preserve open space in Westmoreland County!

New Board and Officers

Five join Westmoreland Land Trust Board 

5 members of the Westmoreland Land Trust Board

Back row, l-r: Gregory Phillips, Mike Kuzemchak, Jay Tarara; front row, l-r: Martha Frech, Brian Lawrence

Martha Frech, Mike Kuzemchak, Brian Lawrence, Greg Phillips, and Jay Tarara in mid-January joined the board of the Westmoreland Land Trust, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has preserved nearly 200 acres of land of special value in Westmoreland County since its founding in late 2007.

Martha Frech of Leechburg is a professional engineer and president and owner of Streamline Engineering.  She is an active community volunteer in the Kiski area, sharing her time and talents with the Kiski Area Soccer League, the Burrell Middle School girls’ soccer team, and serving as a volunteer librarian for schools.

Mike Kuzemchak of Rector is the Laurel Highlands Program Director for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  He has 20 years’ experience in environmental education, park management, rails-to-trails development and land protection. Mike previously served on the Westmoreland Land Trust board from 2008 to 2012.

Brian Lawrence of Greensburg is assistant deputy director for the Westmoreland County Department of Planning and Development.  He obtained his master’s in geography with a regional planning concentration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Greg Phillips of Youngwood is CEO/District manager of the Westmoreland Conservation District.  For 30 years, he has directed a variety of conservation programs that address watershed restoration, soil conservation, forest stewardship, and stormwater management issues throughout Westmoreland County.  He has been instrumental in establishing and supporting a number of regional grassroots watershed and conservation organizations.

Jay Tarara of Greensburg is a retired Drinking Water Division Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  He is a member of the National Environmental Health Association, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Westmoreland Cleanways, and the Waterworks Operators Association of Pennsylvania.  Jay also volunteers at Our Lady of Grace Church and at the Christian Layman Corps in Greenburg.

Frech, Kuzemchak, Lawrence, and Tarara will each serve a three-year term through December 2016.  Phillips is filling the term of a former board member, and so will serve through December 2015.

Also reappointed to service on the all-volunteer board were: Betsy Aiken of Export, Susan Huba of Ligonier, Westmoreland County Commissioner Ted Kopas of Hempfield Township, Larry Larese of Export, Tony Quadro of Stahlstown, and Loree Speedy of Rostraver Township.

The group also elected officers for 2014.  They are:  Chuck Duritsa, chairman; Tony Quadro, vice chairman; Susan Huba, treasurer; and Loree Speedy, secretary.

March For Parks — and the New TURTLE CREEK TRAIL — on March 29

Westmoreland Land Trust is partnering with Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation to acquire land and create a new 9.5-mile walking/biking trail through the scenic Turtle Creek Gorge.

This beautiful stream valley is a hidden treasure of lush forested hillsides, natural open space, and scenic views not usually seen by those traveling through the urbanized communities of Export, Murrysville, Penn Township, Monroeville, and Trafford.

The proposed new trail will provide access to this lovely area, and some day connect with the Westmoreland Heritage Trail, which currently runs from Saltsburg to Delmont.

Funds needed for Phase I — planning and acquisition for this project — are some $1,064,000.  A fundraiser will be held on March 29.  Please see http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=761.