Founded in 1991, the Hollow Oak Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects and connects greenspace with an emphasis in the Pittsburgh Airport Corridor. Hollow Oak now owns five conservation areas totalling over 550 acres in Moon, Kennedy, Franklin Park, North Fayette and Hopewell. Additionally, Hollow Oak owns two conservation easements for 90-acre Sahli Nature Park in Chippewa Township, Beaver County.
Hollow Oak conservation areas are protected to maintain and enhance their ecological values. Protected wildlife habitats include mature forest, steep slopes, floodplains, wetlands, and meadows. Our conservation areas are accessible to the public for non-motorized use. They also can be used by schools and other groups for nature study and research.
In its 28-year history, the Hollow Oak Land Trust helped create the Montour Run Watershed Association and secured some of the earliest funding for development of the Montour Trail. Hollow Oak also conceived a network of greenways along Montour Run, from its upper reaches at the border of Washington County to its mouth at the Ohio River in Allegheny County. Toward this vision, we have acquired land and established conservation areas open to the public, including 300-acre Montour Woods Conservation Area and 88-acre Trout Run Conservation Area to link the Meeks Run and Trout Run stream valleys at Moon Park. Our goal is to establish a new a 10-mile greenway trail, linking several communities to those conservation areas, Moon Park and the Montour Trail.