Land trust buys 8.4 acres to preserve Montour Run

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The Allegheny Land Trust has acquired another building block property for its Montour Greenway, a project to permanently preserve and protect green space of more than 1,000 publicly accessible acres along the Montour Run stream in Richland and McCandless.

The Sewickley-based land trust purchased 8.4 acres on Haymont Drive in Richland for $85,000. The Murphy family, which owned the property, approached the land trust after hearing it was negotiating to purchase the adjacent Pittsburgh Cut Flower property, a 180-acre tract off Bakerstown Road in Richland, that housed a greenhouse business from 1910 through 1990.

“Acquiring this property is a great next step toward our goal of creating a network of connected green spaces for the local community,” ALT president Chris Beichner said in a news release issued Friday. He said the new property will link with the Irwin Run Conservation Area, north of the county’s North Park.

Mr. Beichner said the land trust hopes to complete negotiations for the Cut Flower property this year. The ALT agreed to purchase the property from Legacy Landings LLC in New York, but cleanup costs could more than double the $1.4 million price. The organization has been raising money to purchase that property.

According to the land trust, the greenway project will protect the scenic beauty, rural character and wildlife habitat of the area along Montour Run, which has some of the best water quality in the Pine Creek watershed.

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