Photo provided by Allegheny Land Trust.


Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) are working to protect 62 acres of farm and forest land in the Girty’s Run Watershed in Reserve and Shaler Townships, upslope and upstream from Millvale Borough and near downtown Pittsburgh.The project involves a collaboration with the current landowner and a future farmer to protect the total 62 acres of land – 46.24 acres is to be acquired by ALT for permanent green space and 15.61 acres is to be acquired by another farmer for continued agricultural use.Protecting this green space would support the health and well-being of current residents and future generations by preserving the natural scenic beauty of this rare, highly visible hilltop land, absorbing 51 million gallons of rainwater annually to mitigate Girty’s Run flooding, sequestering approximately 250,000 pounds of carbon annually, expanding protected and connected habitat for native wildlife and plants, creating potential future connections with ALT’s nearby Girty’s Woods conservation area, protecting the unique rural and agrarian character of the community, and proactively addressing community and regional resiliency.Learn more about this land conservation project on the ALT website.