Allegheny Land Trust Expands Protected Woodlands in Ross

Allegheny Land Trust acquires 24 acres in Ross, Pennsylvania, connecting two conservation areas and expanding protected woodlands to 67 acres. The organization plans to purchase an additional 30 acres near Ross Community Park, further conserving land and providing outdoor recreational opportunities.

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Allegheny Land Trust Expands Protected Woodlands in Ross

Allegheny Land Trust Expands Protected Woodlands in Ross

The Allegheny Land Trust has acquired 24 acres of land in Ross, Pennsylvania, connecting the Lowries Run Slopes Conservation Area and the Marion Doulton Green Space. This acquisition brings the total protected woodlands in the area to 67 acres, advancing the organization's mission to "help local people save local land."

Why this matters: This conservation effort has a direct impact on the surrounding communities, including Millvale, by reducing flood risk and preserving natural habitats. The success of this project sets a precedent for future land conservation initiatives, highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts between local organizations and government entities.

The newly acquired land surrounds the Lowries Run stream and adds permanently forested space in a flood-prone watershed. Conserving land upstream is crucial for the benefit of nearby communities, including Millvale. The acquisition was made possible through local donations and grants, with support from the state Department of Community and Economic Development's Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund, the Colcom Foundation, the Sierra Club, Northern Area Environmental Council, and Ross Township's budget.

Lindsay Dill, senior director of marketing and community engagement for Allegheny Land Trust, emphasized the importance of the project, stating, "This project was great not only because it connected our land and Ross Township's land with this middle piece, but it also is adding more permanently forested space in a flood-prone watershed." The purchase price of the property was $556,727, with 130 individuals donating over $70,000 towards the acquisition.

The Allegheny Land Trust has plans to further expand the protected area, with 30 acres currently under contract near Ross Community Park. This additional acquisition includes the highest point in the Girty's Run watershed and will provide more outdoor recreational activities for residents. Ross Commissioner Denise Rickenbrode expressed the community's desire for open space and trails, stating, "To be able to have open space and trails is important to them. That is something our residents want."

The successful conservation of the Slopes at Lowries Run has led to a continued partnership between the Allegheny Land Trust and Ross Township. Commissioner Rickenbrode expressed excitement about building on this success, saying, "After successfully conserving the Slopes at Lowries Run, we're excited to build on that success and continue our partnership with Allegheny Land Trust."

The Allegheny Land Trust's recent acquisition of 24 acres in Ross, Pennsylvania, has expanded the protected woodlands in the area to 67 acres. With plans to purchase an additional 30 acres near Ross Community Park, the organization continues its efforts to conserve land and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for local residents. The support from local donations, grants, and the partnership with Ross Township has been instrumental in the success of these conservation projects.

Key Takeaways

  • Allegheny Land Trust acquires 24 acres in Ross, PA, connecting conservation areas.
  • Acquisition reduces flood risk and preserves natural habitats for nearby communities.
  • $556,727 purchase price funded by local donations, grants, and government support.
  • Additional 30 acres near Ross Community Park planned for conservation and recreation.
  • Partnership between Allegheny Land Trust and Ross Township promotes conservation efforts.