In Somerset County, the cold, clear waters of Laurel Hill Creek run through forests and farmland, state parks and backyards, joining the Casselman River and, just downstream, the Youghiogheny.
Near Slippery Rock, 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh, lies one of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s landscape gems: Wolf Creek Narrows. The property affords a hike with streamside views and, at times, beautiful wildflowers. Wolf Creek, the property’s centerpiece, begins to the north at Pine Swamp, which the conservancy acquired and protected, and flows…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2010
It’s a crisp November morning, some 25 years ago. Bob Ging and Don Gales are hunting on a ridge in Lower Turkeyfoot, Somerset County, where green hemlocks mingle with bare winter hardwoods. “Boy, this is beautiful,” says Ging as sunrise reveals the emerald waters of Laurel Hill Creek in the valley.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading The experts agree that saving Laurel Hill Creek shouldn’t be that complicated
This summer, as Pittsburgh hosts World Environment Day and the world focuses on biodiversity, a small river 90 miles north of the city will do what it has always done. Quietly, its waters wind along a 117-​mile path from Chautauqua County, New York, into western Pennsylvania, where it joins the Allegheny River at…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Through widespread conservation efforts, French Creek is a pristine model of biodiversity
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