Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) was selected to receive one of the 2011 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards for their accomplishment in local land conservation and community revitalization. ALT was nominated for the award by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC).
Awarded each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Governor's Awards highlight the best practices in environmental innovation throughout the state. The award was bestowed on ALT because of their work to expand Emerald View Park on Mt. Washington.
ALT has been working in partnership with the Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC) and City of Pittsburgh to protect land on Mt. Washington as part of an integrated program for Emerald View Park. The park now encompasses 257 acres and a 19-mile trail system is planned.
Recent protection efforts are critical to connecting the South Side of Mt. Washington to existing park trails on Grandview Avenue providing a unique urban hiking experience with dramatic views of the city and river valleys.
"Protecting Mt. Washington's scenic wooded hillsides that provide a verdant backdrop to Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle is important to maintaining the city's green and vibrant image," said ALT's Executive Director Roy Kraynyk.
"The Emerald View Park project is an illustration of ALT's proven approach of getting communities involved in local land conservation and empowering local citizens to shape the future of their neighborhood," says Paul M. King, President and CEO of PEC.
In partnership with MWCDC, Allegheny Land Trust raised more than $410,000 for land conservation with public state funds being leveraged nearly 2:1 by private foundations and individuals. Long-term stewardship of protected land is being provided in partnership with the city and the MWCDC who is organizing community volunteers.
Since 1993, Allegheny Land Trust has protected 1,500 acres in 22 municipalities in Allegheny and Washington counties. ALT was awarded national accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. ALT is one of only 130 nationally accredited among the 1,700 land trusts in the United States.
To learn more about Allegheny Land Trust visit www.alleghenylandtrust.org or call 412-741-2750.