One of the things I really value from being a member of the Allison Park Sportsmen's Club is the learning from others. Rich often speaks of the ALT (Allegheny Land Trust) and his comments led me to join that group as well.
In the most recent ALT newsletter there was an article that surprised me and also delighted me. The ALT is teaming up with the Glade Run Lake Conservancy (with whom I am also a member) in an attempt to acquire the land surrounding Glade Run Lake in order to better protect this beautiful space. The full article follows below.
Imagine this: you're going about your day
working toward a personal goal; another person
comes along with a similar goal and special
skills that supplement your own tools.
Both Glade Run Lake Conservancy (GRIC)
and Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) share the
overarching goal of conservation in Western
Pennsylvania, and each has a unique approach -
one with the mission to protect a specific lake,
and the other with proven experience in land
So, when faced with the above situation, GRLC
and ALT chose to combine their efforts and
create a plan to identify key parcels of land in
the Glade Run Lake Watershed for permanent
conservation to protect the lake, its water quali-
ty, and its wildlife habitat.
Together over the past year, GRIC, ALT, and a
Middlesex Township resident worked together
to conserve the first parcel of land by placing a
conservation easement on 120 acres of wood-
lands and rolling meadows in the headwaters of
Glade Run Lake in southern Butler County.
"Our members live in the community and
know the lake intimately, but we don't have the
necessary knowledge, expertise, and capacity in
land conservation; so, we were pleased to find a
willing partner in Allegheny Land Trust to help
uS protect Glade Run Lake:" GRLC President
Siggy Pehel said.
The land will be preserved through a conservation easement donated by the landowner Joan Goswell to be held and monitored in perpetuity
by ALT, aligning with GRLC's dedication to the
restoration, ongoing preservation, and im-
provement of Glade Run Lake and its adiacent
GRLC was originally formed to ensure that the
lake would be restored after it was drained in
2011 due to its unsafe earthen dam. Now that
the dam has been rebuilt, GRLC is focused on
the threat that encroaching suburban sprawl
has on water quality.
"Protecting land in the lake's immediate wa-
tershed is the only way to keep the water clean
and the habitat safe and productive for animals,
birds and fish," Siggy said.
The two organizations have identified and pri-
ortized the most sensitive lands in the water-
shed and have created a plan to collaboratively
pursue the conservation of those lands through
a variety of conservation tools including con-
servation easements like the one on Goswell'
ALT and GRLC hope this is the fist of many
land conservation accomplishments in the
We are extremelv excited to be working with
the Glade Run Lake Conservancy and the local
community to protect the land around this
unique lake in this rapidly developing area,"
said ALT President & CEO Chris Beichner.
"Conserving this land preserves the rural character and scenie beauty of the community and is esstential to ensuring that the excellent water quality of the lake is maintained forever."
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