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Once again the WLT has so much to be thankful for – the vision of landowners, the help of our volunteers, the support of our contributors, the assistance of our partner and sister organizations, and the dedication and commitment of our board and committee members. Many, many thanks to everyone who has helped to make 2022 such a productive year for the WLT!  We are deeply grateful for your support and your commitment to the conservation of special lands in Westmoreland County, and are privileged to have your support.

Westmoreland Ramble

The Westmoreland Ramble issued in 2022 is not an event to be held on a particular day, but instead is a route for a scenic drive through parts of Murrysville, Export, and Delmont for a driver and a navigator.  A printer-friendly version of the 18.2 mile route is available online.  The Ramble requires a driver and a navigator, with an expected duration of 50 minutes.  The printed route features information about some of the beautiful facilities, parks, nature preserves, and historic features of these communities.

Westmoreland Nature Backpacks

To help you explore nature in Westmoreland County, WLT AmeriCorps Service Member Loree Speedy led a project to enable you to borrow a Westmoreland Nature Backpack, available throughout the Westmoreland Library Network (WLN).

There are different backpacks for exploring Streams & Forests, Birds, and Flowers & Pollinators.

WLT created the backpacks in partnership with the WLN to make high quality tools, materials, and nature guides available for  children’s and families’ use.

Online STEM Workshops Available for Public Schools

The WLT is excited to offer excellent online STEM nature workshops free of charge to Westmoreland County public schools, to the extent that funding permits.  Dr. Paula Purnell, our Coordinator ofEducational Programming, has developed Earthworm Wonders, Microgreen Gardeners, and Feathered Friends workshops under Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program featuring engaging videos, narrated PowerPoints, and supplementary activities and handouts.

Natural Areas book

The Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club offers an 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 was 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.

If you would like to see the book, each of the member libraries of the Westmoreland Library Network has a copy.

Green by Design

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.

Salamanders and Snakes of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve

WLT Americorps Service Member Aaron Capouellez has prepared a story map about the Salamanders and Snakes of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve.  The story map features excellent photos and clear descriptions of types of salamanders and snakes that either have been observed or are likely to be seen at the Preserve.

Frogs of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve

WLT Americorps Service Member Aaron Capouellez has prepared a story map about the Frogs of Otto and Magdalene Ackermann Nature Preserve.  The story map features excellent photos and clear descriptions of 5 types of frogs that either have been observed or are likely to be seen at the Preserve.

 

Upcoming Events

Mar
17
Fri
Board Meeting of the Westmoreland Land Trust @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and Zoom
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Meeting will be at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and may also be attended remotely by Zoom videoconference.  Please contact the WLT at 724 325-3031 or westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the meeting.

May
19
Fri
Board Meeting of the Westmoreland Land Trust @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and Zoom
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Meeting will be at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and may also be attended remotely by Zoom videoconference.  Please contact the WLT at 724 325-3031 or westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the meeting.

Jul
21
Fri
Board Meeting of the Westmoreland Land Trust @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and Zoom
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Meeting will be at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and may also be attended remotely by Zoom videoconference.  Please contact the WLT at 724 325-3031 or westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the meeting.

Sep
15
Fri
Board Meeting of the Westmoreland Land Trust @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and Zoom
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Meeting will be at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and may also be attended remotely by Zoom videoconference.  Please contact the WLT at 724 325-3031 or westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the meeting.

Nov
17
Fri
Board Meeting of the Westmoreland Land Trust @ Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and Zoom
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Meeting will be at the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn and may also be attended remotely by Zoom videoconference.  Please contact the WLT at 724 325-3031 or westmorelandlandtrust@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the meeting.