WPC Protects Forested Land in Fayette County for Bear Run Nature Reserve

Stewart Township, Pa. – April 1, 2019 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today the purchase of four acres in Stewart Township, Fayette County that are now part of the Conservancy’s 5,119-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve.

This newly protected land helps safeguard the scenic views along the gateway to Fallingwater.The four-acre area is located across from the main entrance to Fallingwater, includes more than 600 feet of frontage along Route 381 and is visible to all visitors travelling to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece. Protecting the land safeguards the scenic views and forested areas along this stretch of the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway that is characterized by rolling hillsides, evergreen forests and picturesque farmlands.

The property is entirely forested and advances WPC’s conservation priorities for the Bear Run Nature Reserve and Fallingwater landscape, says Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy.Four acres have been added to Bear Run Nature Reserve in Fayette County.

“While small in size, this property will provide tangible protection at a key location near the entrance to Fallingwater,” he added. “So, it was a valuable investment to add this land to our Bear Run Reserve and protect the gateway to Fallingwater.”

For more information about conservation options to protect land in Western Pennsylvania, please contact WPC at 412-288-2777 or info@paconserve.org.


About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which was donated to WPC in 1963 and symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.

Media Contacts:
Clinton Piper
Senior Administrator of Special Projects, Fallingwater

Carmen Bray
Director of Communications, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy