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Celebrating Conservation
Since 1991 

Our Vision

To preserve natural, rural, and historic landscapes for Nature’s benefit and the enrichment of future generations.
Our Mission
Westmoreland Conservancy preserves, enhances, and connects land, habitat, and green space through acquisition, stewardship, and cooperation with local communities and other organizations.

Contact Us:

Westmoreland Conservancy

1 Priority Lane, Unit 446

Murrysville, PA  15668

724.325.5523

contact@westmorelandconservancy.org

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Interested in attending an event?
Please let us know by filling out the registration at

www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration
We always look forward to seeing new faces and familiar friends! 

Birdwatching
at the 
Morosini Reserve

There is always an incredible variety of birds to observe at the Morosini Reserve. 

Why?

Because the 183-acre reserve boasts diverse habitat areas. You'll experience a shaded pond, dense woodlands, open fields, and edge habitat all within a 30-minute walk. if you take your time and observe closely, you'll see and hear all SORTS of birds, both migratory and local residents!

One never tires of seeing a beautiful cardinal or bluebird, but an indigo bunting, yellowthroat  or cedar waxwing is an exciting rush!

As always, you are invited to enjoy the reserve even without a guided event. Just please, leave no trace.

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Tomer Hot Chocolate Hike
w/Murrysville Recreation

12/16 at 10AM

Hike at the Tomer Reserve with Murrysville Recreation. Leaving the parking lot on Twin Oaks Drive N at 10AM, we’ll hike up the yellow trail and see what birds might overwinter locally. This reserve is a favorite stopover for migrating birds and local residents alike, and we seldom visit without seeing at LEAST one type of woodpecker... usually three!

When we finish, we’ll enjoy some hot chocolate back at the parking lot!

http://www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration

Share YOUR autumn images from the reserves with us!  Visit our Facebook page 

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Upcoming Activities: 


Tomer Hot Chocolate Hike 12/16
Winter Solstice Walk 12/21

1st Day Hike at Caywood 1/01


See our calendar!


PLUS

Birdwatching
Year-round Geocaching 

2023/24 Monthly Meetings: 

Delmont Public Library 7PM

Dec 27

Jan 24

Feb 28

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Stakeholder Notification/

Public Notice

 

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Westmoreland Conservancy is pleased to announce it has applied for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

"I believe that the process of accreditation has strengthened Westmoreland Conservancy, playing an important role in our growth and accomplishments." Shelly Tichy, president of WC. 

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Westmoreland Conservancy complies with national

quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-

practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit

www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org.

Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on Westmoreland Conservancy’s application will be most useful by November 19, 2023.

Thank you for your support and interest.

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OptOutside Hike 11/24

Along the DHCT 

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Winter Solstice Walk
at the Morosini Reserve
12/21 at 4PM

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Winter Solstice Walk at the Morosini Reserve. Park at the upper lot at the end of Morosini Farm Road. This is the shortest day and longest night of the year, with sunset at 4:55PM. Each day from this point will gain a few minutes of sun! We’ll check out the different observation areas and watch the sun set from our vantage point in the eastern fields! *Note: The house near the parking lot is NOT part of the reserve. Please do not disturb the residents.

Register at http://www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration

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Westmoreland Conservancy has always been happy to host geocaches and events at our reserves. we have cache trails designed to help explore unique features and areas of the properties. Some are even educational!

We invite you to get out and enjoy our reserves, and if you have a suggestion for or would like to help create a new cache trail on one of the properties not already boasting one, please reach out!

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First Day Hike
01/01/2024 at 11AM
Caywood Reserve

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Park at the IMPROVED parking lot on Hills Church Road and be ready to set out at 11AM. Shake off the celebratory woozies and breathe in the fresh air of the New Year. We’ll meander through this beautiful reserve and see what we can see. Welcome 2024 !

http://www.westmorelandconservancy.org/event-registration

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Westmoreland Conservancy reserves are privately owned lands that are available to the public for permitted use

  • Dogs are to be on-leash, and waste is to be removed 

  • NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES aside from PEDESTRIAN mobility aids

  • PLEASE observe Leave No Trace sensibilities and take out out anything you bring in

  • DO NOT leave trash at the reserves

        https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/

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American Woodcock

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Check out our Social Media Links

Facebook

Instagram

 

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Westmoreland Conservancy is an all-volunteer, private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization committed to conservation. We are not affiliated with the town of Murrysville, nor with Westmoreland County. We do not receive taxpayer monies. Our organization is funded by our donors.

Gathering at the
Peaceful Stable Reserve

 

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About

Westmoreland Conservancy preserves, enhances and connects land, habitat and green space through acquisition, stewardship, and cooperation with local communities and other organizations.

Our vision is to preserve natural, rural, and historic landscapes for Nature's benefit and the enrichment of future generations. Since 1991 Westmoreland Conservancy has protected more than 600 acres of land. 

Westmoreland Conservancy is devoted to conservation of land in Westmoreland County. We are an accredited 501c-3 non-profit organization.

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Reserves

Westmoreland Conservancy protects land and habitat in Westmoreland County. We are making our reserves even more people-accessible, and better for the wildlife inhabiting the area.

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westmorelandconservancy.org generously hosted by donation

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Get Involved

Becoming a volunteer provides a unique opportunity to contribute directly to protecting our region’s clean waters, natural areas, and sustainable local economies now and for future generations. You play an important role in conserving the waters, meadows, and woodlands of your community. You will meet wonderful people, too! Volunteering at the Conservancy is productive work, and it’s fun! 

Tell us what you would like to do: stewardship; special events; hikes; fundraising; website; newsletters/email news... contact us at the email address or phone number above! 

 

Donate

Donations to Westmoreland Conservancy help to protect and restore bird & wildlife habitat, and save special places of natural and historic significance. 

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