Thursday, December 20, 2012
The 10-acres gift in Sewickley Heights increases the number of Allegheny Land Trust's protected properties to six in the Quaker Valley area.
The Allegheny Land Trust has received an anonymous gift of 10 acres in Sewickley Heights, increasing the trust’s protected properties to six in the Quaker Valley area, the non-profit announced this week. The gifted property is located near the headwaters of the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed which has been determined to be "very special" through a 1994 report called the Allegheny County Natural Heritage Inventory, the land trust said. More recent research by Duquesne University has determined that the water of Little Sewickley Creek to be of exceptional quality and may be the cleanest in Allegheny County. "The abundant green space within the watershed helps to maintain water quality by acting like a sponge to absorb and filter water …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Community is raising funds to help pay the $1.4 million purchase price of the 180-acre site on Bakerstown Road in Richland Township.
As the community rallies to raise $1.4 million for Allegheny Land Trust's drive to buy the former Pittsburgh Cut Flower property, workers have begun to clean up the site's dilapidated asbestos-laced greenhouses along Bakerstown Road in Richland. The property's current owner—Legacy Landings LLC of Florida—has contracted with Mid-Atlantic Environment Consultants of Gibsonia and Agresta Construction and Demolition of Philadelphia for the cleanup. The nonprofit Allegheny Land Trust has a contract to buy the 180-acre site at 4136 Bakerstown Road. Its vision is to build a solar farm on the 10-acre brownfield portion of the land where decaying greenhouses are now located. About 150 acres would be permanent green space. That solar farm could …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Allegheny Land Trust's annual fundraiser is a boot-scootin' good time. Check out the photos!
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
The fifth annual Bounty in the Barn, a local harvest celebration, took place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the historical barn of Bill and Jodie Welge in Sewickley Heights. The event included live musical entertainment provided by the Betsy Lawrence Band and the Modern Western Square Dancers with Barbara MacDonald, square dance caller. A silent auction included week-long stays in Maine, Aspen, and the Outer Banks. Works of local artists Cindy Engler, Claire Hardy, Christine Hutson, Eryn Jackson, Duncan MacDiarmid, David Noble, Carol Saunders and Robert Strovers was available for purchase with 25 percent of proceeds going to Allegheny Land Trust. All proceeds from this annual event benefit Allegheny Land Trust’s local land conservation efforts.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at a historical barn in Sewickley Heights and benefits Allegheny Land Trust.
The fifth annual Bounty in the BarN—a harvest celebration with a Western flair—will be held Saturday featuring a feast of wines and food. The event is from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, hosted in a historical barn in Sewickley Heights and benefits the Allegheny Land Trust. This is the the major fundraising event for Allegheny Land Trust, with proceeds benefitting local land conservation efforts. According to Allegheny Land Trust, there are projects waiting for funding that will add up to 1,000 acres to the current total of 1,500 acres under ALT protection. Live musical entertainment will be provided by the Betsy Lawrence Band and the Modern Western Square Dancers with Barbara MacDonald, square dance caller. Cost for this evening of …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The property includes scenic meadows and a pond within the Little Sewickley Creek Watershed.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Allegheny Land Trust can add another nine acres to its conservation record. The member-supported land conservancy has protected hundreds of acres in numerous communities, the most recent of which is at 266 Scaife Road. The nine acres of land was identified in the Sewickley Heights Vision Plan, which the Sewickley Heights Council adopted in October 2010, as being a high priority for conservation. “I deeply appreciate Allegheny Land Trust for targeting this critical parcel of land that contributes so much to the high quality natural landscape of Sewickley Heights Borough. It would have been a great loss if this property had not been conserved,” said Sewickley Heights Mayor John Oliver, a member of the Vision Plan Stakeholder Committee. …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Proceeds from sale could go toward road and infrastructure repairs.
About 40 acres of borough-owned property in Sewickley Hills could be placed up for sale to help pay for aging roads and infrastructure. But council members say they are only exploring the option and haven’t decided if the board would put the land on the market. Council had plans to speak to representatives of Allegheny Land Trust to see what the agency’s thoughts were on possibly purchasing land from the borough. Allegheny Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to protect land in or adjacent to Allegheny County. Councilman Klaus Gross pointed out that the borough would lose control of the land once it is sold. “We can’t dictate what happens to that property,” Gross said. Council President Tom Klixbull said, “I’m not in favor of…