Scott Conservancy celebrates 30 years |

Scott Conservancy celebrates 30 years

In this file photo from 2000, Scott Conservancy guide Tom Cummins leads a group through Kane Woods.

Scott Conservancy will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at Kane Woods Nature Area in Scott Township.

A dog walk will start at noon at the Whiskey Point Trailhead, 1461 Scrubgrass Road, while other activities, including a scavenger hunt and nature hike, will be held at 1459 Scrubgrass Road — Scrubgrass Run Trailhead.

Conservancy members will be available to answer questions. In the main staging area, free hot dogs, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

The organization is an all-volunteer-run trust of 77 acres of land in Scott, contiguous to Mt. Lebanon. More than two miles of walking trails have been built on the land. The Kane Woods Nature Area is used daily by walkers. Environmental education classes are periodically held for children. The group, dedicated to environmental and historical preservation, also maintains the traffic island at the corner of Greentree and Cochran Roads in partnership with Scott Township.

They also built a stream mitigation project to reduce abandoned mine drainage entering Chartiers Creek. This was the first passive treatment facility in the commonwealth. Recently, the organization added an apiary to protect and increase the bee population. The resulting honey is available for purchase.

Robert Gamble is the current president of the conservancy, which has no paid employees. Volunteers are welcome to help with the anniversary celebration, serve on committees throughout the year or to help maintain and improve the trails.

Monetary donations may be sent to Scott Conservancy, P.O. Box 13067, Pittsburgh, PA 15243 or download more information and a membership form from

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