The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced on November 19 the acquisition of 3.3 acres in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, along the scenic Route 30 corridor between the Loyalhanna Gorge and Ligonier.

The conservation of this property is a continuation of ongoing efforts by the Conservancy and other partners to enhance the scenic character of the Route 30 corridor, while restoring and protecting important lands adjacent to and near the Loyalhanna Creek and its associated tributaries. Located between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 30 within the Loyalhanna Creek floodplain, the property hosts a portion of a tributary to the creek. The property, which contains Fleatique, was purchased through an estate sale.

WPC intends to restore the property by removing three dilapidated buildings and two underground heating-oil tanks, and preparing the site for native plantings. After the first phase of restoration, WPC will divest the property to the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, subject to a conservation easement. Currently, permits and other due diligence are underway before the demolition proceeds. This property will be added to existing floodplain properties in the area owned by LWA.

Questions about this property or any other land protection in the Ligonier Valley should be directed to WPC’s land manager for the Laurel Highlands, Jane Menchyk, at 724-238-2492.