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Conservation

Hollow Oak Land Trust protects and connects greenspace with an emphasis in the Pittsburgh Airport Corridor. Hollow Oak has nine conservation areas totaling over 700 acres in Moon, Kennedy, Franklin Park, North Fayette, Hopewell, Kilbuck, Ben Avon, Emsworth, and Chippewa. 

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Revolving Fund for Local Land Trusts provides grants in the form of rapid response short-term, zero interest loans to land trusts and other nonprofits seeking to preserve open space and conserve high priority properties.

The generous support of Colcom Foundation has played a significant role in advancing the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s watershed conservation, urban forestry, community greening, land conservation and other initiatives since 2004. This has resulted in major long-term and tangible impacts on the health of our region’s rivers, streams and forests, as well as making downtown Pittsburgh a more tree-shaded, colorful and inviting place for its residents, workers and visitors.

WeConservePA helps people care for, wisely use, and enjoy what nature offers. 

Colcom Foundation’s support of WeConservePA is helping charitable organizations and local governments to effectively and efficiently conserve land, protect and restore waterways, implement sustainable practices, and connect people to the outdoors. Colcom Foundation has played a pivotal role in assuring that the conservation volunteers and professionals working to make southwestern Pennsylvania a better place have the direct technical assistance, training, model legal documents, general guidance, and other resources they need to achieve more and better conservation for the benefit of all.

Andy Loza, Executive Director

Westmoreland Land Trust conserves and stewards land in Westmoreland County of special ecological, cultural, or recreational value, for public benefit.

Westmoreland Land Trust (WLT) is honored to have received support from Colcom Foundation over the years.  Colcom’s assistance has been key to WLT’s establishment of nature preserves, buffering of natural treasures like the Cedar Creek Gorge, and enlargement of County parks.  Colcom support has been invaluable, including that for a pilot meadow of native wildflowers and grasses to add to habitat value of the land while serving as a source of information useful for the development of other ecologically valuable meadows.  Colcom’s commitment to the environment is evidenced by the Foundation’s sensitivity to today’s environmental challenges and steady support for land conservation.

Betsy Aiken, Executive Director

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