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Conservation

4-H Conservation Club

The 4-H Conservation Club is a project club that meets in Murrysville, PA at Laird Hall on the Fourth Friday of most months. Contact Bonnie Belak 724-327-6885 for more information about meeting times and other activities.

The club does a lot of activities out at Pleasant Valley Park. Their most recent is the Tree Identification Sign Project, where they are installing signs next to around 40 different trees out at Pleasant Valley Park. They also clean up trash at the park at least twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall.

Conemaugh Valley Conservancy

Promoting the conservation and preservation of natural, cultural and historic resources and encouraging prudent land-use practices in the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin.

Includes information on the West Penn Trail - a 17-mile rail-trail between Saltsburg and Blairsville. This trail is an important link in the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway.

Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association

Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association is a non-profit, all volunteer community based organization, established in 1980 to promote activities aimed at improving the water quality of Cowanshannock Creek and providing everyone with a healthier, safer and more attractive place to live, work and play.

Dunbar Creek Watershed

The Dunbar Creek watershed is located on State Game Lands #51 in Fayette County. Access is from the two lane road that runs between Dunbar and Ohiopyle.

Dunbar Creek is stocked with trout. Some portions are delayed harvest, fly fishing only. This is a beautiful and very rugged area.

I Conserve Pennsylvania

It's up to you. The future enjoyment of our woods, waters, and wildlife depends on each of us taking steps to conserve them at home, in our communities, and on our public lands. The ways to make a difference are boundless. Take the time to discover the treasures of Pennsylvania. How we use and enjoy these lands and waters today will define what they mean to those who come after us.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is the result of two organizations with similar missions joining together to achieve a common vision, a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania. In 2010, PA CleanWays (1990) and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (2003) merged to become the new Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful whose mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

~ DCNR State Forest Resource Management Plan

~ Wildlife Book: Pennsylvania's Wildlife and Wild Places: Our Outdoor Heritage in Peril

Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation through Cooperation - The PEC protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. They believe in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited

Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Pennsylvania's Coldwater Resources.

"If we take care of the fish, then the fishing will take care of itself."

Turtle Creek Watershed Association

A 501 (c)(3) Organization that works with local communities, county, state and federal officials and agencies, local universities, organizations and other partners to address water quality and quantity issues.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations.

Westmoreland Conservancy

An all volunteer, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) Corporation dedicated to the acquiring and preserving of rural and rustic lands for the public good. It desires to preserve land which contains special features or provides unique flora, fauna, streams, or land that connects reserves and provides "green" corridors.

Westmoreland Conservation District

Promoting Clean Streams, Stable Soils, Healthy Forests, Productive Farms and Sustainable Communities throughout Westmoreland County. They encourage anyone whose daily work directly affects our natural resources to voluntarily incorporate conservation practices in their projects, and so protect the quality of the soil, forests and streams.

Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club

Their website is currently down - will post a more detailed description of the club and their activities when their website becomes available again.

Outdoor Recreation

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Geocaching.com is managed by Groundspeak a privately held company in Seattle, Washington. Groundspeak also manages Waymarking.com and Wherigo.com.

Geocaching with Navicache

Another online listing service for Geocachers. You never know what treasure you may find inside a geocache container. Geocaching With Navicache is an online geocaching community that provides you with resources you need to enjoy all the fun!

Great Allegheny Passage - The Cumberland & Pittsburgh Trail

Offering 141 miles of hiking and biking between Homestead, PA (near Pittsburgh) and Cumberland, MD. The Great Allegheny Passage is a trail for all seasons. Trail use is highest during spring, early summer and early autumn when the weather is most comfortable. However, winter snow allows for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing along the trail.

In Cumberland, MD the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 325 miles long to Washington, DC.

Hiking Trails in Pittsburgh Area  (Post-Gazette Article)

Hitting the Trails is a 15-week, hiking and biking series that spotlights trails in western Pennsylvania - short hikes, some well-known and others obscure, that are an easy drive for most people.

Hiking Trails Near U.S. Metropolitan Areas (localhikes.com)

The Local hikes web site provides information on local hiking opportunities near both large and small metropolitan areas in the United States.

Find the perfect trail by selecting your metro area (for example: Hiking Trails Near Pittsburgh, PA) using the search feature to find the trails closest to your home or office.

Keystone Trails Association - the statewide voice of Pennsylvania’s hikers!

Their mission is to provide, preserve, protect and promote recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Murrysville Trail Alliance - Building trails to strengthen our community

The Murrysville Trail Alliance is a group of volunteers working to expand opportunities for Murrysville trail-based recreation. If you are interested in trails or trail-based recreation in and around Murrysville, please join us for a meeting or activity.

Usually meet on the third Tuesday of every month. Please visit their website to confirm meeting date and location.

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy

Creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people

Their website has a excellent search feature that allows you to find trails all over the country.  Here are some Rails-To-Trails in Westmoreland County:

  1. Coal & Coke Trail - Scottsdale to Mount Pleasant
  2. Five Star Trail - Greensburg to Youngwood
  3. Ligonier Valley Trail - Ligonier
  4. Westmoreland Heritage Trail - Slickville to Saltsburg

Venture Outdoors

A local non-profit organization working to make it easy for you to get outside. They offer over 500 Public Program a year including kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, fishing, cross country skiing, canoeing and geocaching trips. They have activities for all ages and skill levels, and travel to local, city , county and state parks around the region.