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WELCOME Our organization preserves and protects greenspace with an emphasis in the Pittsburgh International Airport Corridor. Hollow Oak Land Trust owns over 400 acres and protects another 100 acres through conservation agreements with landowners. Our conservation areas are open to the public for hiking, biking and relaxing in the great outdoors.


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All of our lands are open to the public for hiking, biking and appreciation of nature.
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Activities

Annual Meeting & Dinner
Hollow Oak Land Trust
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6:30 pm, Mario's Italian Restaurant
Register by Nov. 7th

Please join us for dinner and a special presentation for the annual celebration and meeting of Hollow Oak Land Trust. Keynote Speaker, Adam Haritan, will share insights and research on wild foods and medicinal species of plants and mushrooms.

Buffet dinner includes chicken Romano, signature roasted vegetables, chicken pastina soup, garden salad, penne pasta with homemade sauces, antipasto platter and garlic rolls. $24 payment in advance is requested: either select "Additional Gift" online at www.hollowoak.org under "Join & Support," or checks can be mailed to:
HOLT, PO Box 741, Moon, PA 15108

This event has limited seating, so please register by November 7th.
Questions: info@hollowoak.org or (412) 264-5354

Hollow Oak Achieves
National Accreditation
Hollow Oak Land Trust has joined 339 other land trusts out of 1,363 in the US that have been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The rigorous process included development and improvement of organizational processes, procedures and practices to assure that the highest standards are used by Hollow Oak to protect land today and for future generations.

As Hollow Oak completed its first accreditation, our friends at the Western PA Conservancy also renewed their accreditation, which is required every five years.

Race to the Moon
2nd Annual Mountain Bike Race
Hosted by Hollow Oak Land Trust September 24, 2017
The Second Annual Race to the Moon attracted 137 racers, plus lots of family, friends and volunteers who cheered them on at Moon Park & Montour Woods Conservation Area.
Top Finishers per Class:
Full Race Results here
Photos by Mike Briggs:
The Cave and more

Brook Trout Released in Meeks Run
May 13, 2016
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 third year in a row. Plus 20 trees planted, and a great fly fishing lesson from Orvis Pittsburgh...a good day at Montour Woods!

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.

In The News

Three New Trails Connect Brighton Heights Park with
Riverview Park

Northside Chronicle
Hollow Oak Land Trust has recently completed an additional mile of trails that will connect Riverview Park with Brighton Heights Park. "This is not something that happens often," said Hollow Oak Land Trust executive director Sean Brady. "It's an interesting project because it links multiple neighborhoods together." read more...

Hollow Oak Helps Establish
Nature Park in Ross Twp.

Trib Live, Tony LaRussa
"Short Line Hollow is an amazing jewel," said Commissioner Jeremy Shaffer, who lobbied for the park and used the stipend he receives from the township as seed money to create its initial design. "This is one of the largest remaining green spaces in Ross and I am very glad that we were able to preserve it for the public to enjoy." read more...

The first phase of the Trail Plan developed by Hollow Oak Land Trust has been completed, including the multi-use trail from the Ross Public Works on Cemetery Lane down to the stream, featuring excellent bird watching opportunities. The park protects more than 50 acres of greenspace in the stream valley. Planned expansion of the trail system includes possible links to Babcock Boulevard and the North Hills HS stadium in West View.

Vernal Pools at Montour Woods
Lots of critters are springing up in these puddles

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Batz Jr.
Early warm weather has brought some early action to some vernal pools in Western Pennsylvania. Last week, Sean Brady checked on some pools in the Montour Woods Conservation Area in Moon and saw masses of eggs that he knows will turn into Eastern wood frogs. read more...

2017 Brewhaha Pairs Beer and Food
for a Good Cause
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Batz Jr.
The second annual Brewhaha benefit for Hollow Oak Land Trust featured five pairings of local craft breweries with locally sourced dishes from Fellowship Foods. All guests took home a bottle of Matt Backman's Saison d'Etre and a souvenir pilsner taster glass. The Drinking Partners podcast, featuring Day Bracey and Ed Baiiey, performed a unique take on land trust work and craft brewing.

Local craft beers from Allegheny City Brewing, Spoonwood Brewing, Insurrection Aleworks, Brixton Brewing and Coal Tipple Brewery were paired with Butternut Squash Bisque, Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms, Pastured Berkshire Pork Sliders, Roasted Beet Salad, and Vanilla Ice Cream with Rasberry Reduction. read more...

Hollow Oak Land Trust Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Beer and Food
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Batz Jr.
People who go to the Hollow Oak Land Trust's 25th anniversary Brewhaha next month will not only help conserve local greenspace but also get some rare brews. Allegheny City Brewing, which isn't even open yet on the North Side, will be pouring a few - Aiko Aiko IPA, Paw Paw Farmhouse Ale (brewed with the indigenous fruit) and Allegheny Common Ground Brown Ale (aged with Commonplace Coffee) - into souvenir glasses that attendees can keep. Partiers also will get to take home a 12-ounce bottle of Hollow Oak Bourbon Barrel Stout, brewed just for this event.

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
Carolyn Morrison

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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PA BCO statement: Your donations to Hollow Oak Land Trust are tax deductible. The official registration and financial information of Hollow Oak Land Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.