Moon Park Linked to Montour Woods
Trail Connector Completed
May 18, 2015
In a fantastic burst of public-private collaboration, Hollow Oak has logged over 200 volunteer hours this spring in building a new trail that now connects Montour Woods Conservation Area with Moon Park. This sustainably-built trail (shown in yellow) climbs 230 vertical feet while travelling 1/2 mile...but you'd never know it, except for the wonderful views of the Meeks Run valley below!
This trail connector is the first step in completing the Montour Woods Greenway, which will connect Moon Park to two points of the Montour Trail, protecting habitat in the Meeks Run and Trout Run valleys. Moon Township residents formerly had to walk 3 miles of roadways to reach the Montour Trail from Moon Park. Now, the route is possible entirely by except for about 200 yards at the bottom of Hassam Rd.
Second Cohort of Brook Trout Released in Meeks Run
May 18, 2015
Thanks to Mr. Frank Todd's Science class at Moon Area Middle School, 100 fingerling brook trout were reintroduced to their ancestral home in Meeks Run for the second year in a row. Plus 20 trees planted, a great fly casting lesson from Orvis Pittsburgh and a bonus 3-mile nature hike with Hollow Oak, a good day at Montour Woods!
TreeVitalize April 11, 2015
A dozen volunteers joined staff from Hollow Oak, Tree Pittsburgh and Western PA Conservancy to plant 30 saplings along Meeks Run. Two sites were chosen for their infestations of Japanese knotweed, which was quantified with help from Zach and Bonnie Ottaviani. The density and vigor of knotweed will be monitored over time to determine whether reestablishing the tree canopy can help deter this invasive species. Trees are vital for water quality, stabilizing stream banks, shading and cooling the water in summer, and improving the stream's ability to process excess nutrients and pollutants. Thanks to Marah Vecenie of TreeVitalize and Matt Erb of Tree Pittsburgh for technical assistance in planting the yellow buckeye, yellow birch, black gum, hackberry and umbrella magnolia trees!
In The News
Yes, Pittsburgh is a great outdoors town. Here's why.
Next Pittsburgh, Lauri Grotstein
Outside Magazine included Pittsburgh on its short list for its Best Town competition this year, and National Geographic Adventure has named our fair-and outdoorsy city-number one on its list of six adventure cities. But if you still need convincing, here are some of the many reasons that Pittsburgh has become a great outdoors town.
Hit the Trail
Allegheny West Magazine
Local recreational trail circuits offer so much more than a way to get from point A to point B. Whether it's a long ride on the Montour Trail or a rugged and rocky singletrack up through the trees on Hollow Oak Land Trust property, trails combine opportunities for fitness, socializing and experiencing the restorative power of nature.
Nonprofit to show off latest acquisition of trails
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Len Barcousky
To beat the wintertime blues, Hollow Oak hosts a celebration of Montour Woods Conservation Area with mountain bike rides and a campfire.
Hollow Oak Land Trust creates program to involve youth
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tory N. Parrish
Hollow Oak recently created a Youth Land Stewardship Program to engage younger people in habitat management and trail stewardship.
Brook Trout Make Meeks Run Home
Allegheny West Magazine 2014
With the help of HOLT and Moon Middle School students, brook trout have made their way into Meeks Run. Story is found on page 11 of this issue.
Moon Middle Schoolers Say Goodbye to Class Project
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014
This is another article highlighting the middle school science project in collaboration with HOLT.
Students Learn from Trout
The Allegheny Front 2014
This article looks at the science involved with raising and releasing brook trout into Meeks Run.
Hit the Trails with HOLT
Flightline 2013, The Chamber Pittsburgh Airport Area
Cover story of the June 2013 issue.
Creating A Greenway Trail System in Moon Township
Moon Township Messenger 2013
An introduction to local residents in the official publication of Moon Township government services.
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