Tom Pawlesh has had an interest in the natural world since his youth and uses photography to share his love of nature. A widely published wildlife and nature photographer, Tom's images have appeared in many nature and photography magazines, including: WildBird, National Wildlife, Birds and Blooms, Birder's World, Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer. His photographs also appear regularly in calendars such as: Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, Hallmark Cards and The Ocean Conservancy.
Tom gives slide shows of his travels and wildlife photography to libraries, camera clubs, elementary school classes and nature centers. Tom lives in Jefferson Hills, PA with his wife Marina and daughter, Maggy.
PA CleanWays is a non-profit organization that helps people who are ready to take action against illegal dumping and littering in their communities. Their core programs revolve around cleanups, adoptions and education. They carry out their mission in local communities through:
· PA CleanWays chapters and affiliates,
· Special projects like the Forest Lands Beautification Program, and
· Programs that encourage everyone to join the fight against dumping and littering.
PA CleanWays' mission is to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Pennsylvania.
Established on July 1, 1995, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is charged with maintaining and preserving the 117 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.
Signed into law on December 15, 1999, and reauthorized in June 2002, this legislation will double the funding for the Growing Greener program and extend it through 2012. This increases DEP's portion of Growing Greener to $547.7 million from the original $240 million. Growing Greener will slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide; protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks; clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; provide funds for recreational trails and local parks; help communities address land use; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.
The Peters Creek Historical Society has been serving the expanding history-minded interests in the Finleyville and surrounding communities in Allegheny and Washington County since 1967. The members have a wide variety of interests - from quilting, Whiskey Rebellion, genealogy, early coal mining, and local memorabilia - to just plain interest in local history. Members of the Society conduct diverse research, serve on numerous committees, and some present talks regarding aspects of local history.
The mission of the Peters Creek Watershed Association is to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Peters Creek Watershed, to remediate ecologically damaged elements of the watershed and to promote long-term stewardship and responsible resource use practices within the watershed.
They conduct scientific assessments, inventories and research relevant to the natural resources of the watershed in order to develop and implement a watershed protection plan.
The Association seeks to cooperate with municipalities, governmental agencies, interested organizations, businesses and individuals to improve water quality and the general ecological health of the watershed.
The Peters Creek Watershed Association seeks to increase public awareness by disseminating information concerning the natural resources of the watershed to interested parties and the general public, by partnering with educators to develop educational programs and resources to enhance citizens understanding of issues impacting the ecological health of the watershed and by acting as an information clearinghouse concerning key watershed issues.
The Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County is a community-based private non-profit located at the Penn State Extension. They believe that the land we use today is being borrowed from our children and our children's children. The Partnership is guided by the principle that communities need to make good long-term decisions about where, when and how they should grow. They seek to encourage growth that improves the quality of life for our current residents and businesses, but will also insure vibrant, high quality growth for future generations in Westmoreland County.
The Montour Trail is a multi-use non-motorized recreational rail-trail near Pittsburgh that will ultimately extend 46 miles from Moon Township near Coraopolis to Clairton. Currently, multiple sections of the trail totaling over 40 miles are completed. With new sections being added each year.
The Tri-Community Anglers Association (TCAA) stocks trout in 6 miles of Piney Fork and Peters Creek which run through South Park Township, Jefferson Hills and the City of Clairton. In addition the TCAA and its members are working to clean up the banks of Piney Fork and Peters Creek to improve the aesthetic quality of the stream as well as remain vigilant of government and industrial projects which may jeopardize the water quality and endanger the aquatic life in the stream.
Formed in 1982 by concerned Conservation Districts, WPCAMR brings together an alliance of 24 County Conservation Districts and cooperative organizations in the bituminous coal region of Western Pennsylvania.
WPCAMR is a non-profit, non-partisan, local, state, federal, and industry partnership dedicated to improving water quality and endorsing the reclamation of abandoned mine lands in their region. Guided by a Water Quality Technical Advisory Committee made up of remediation experts, WPCAMR works to halt abandoned mine drainage into Western Pennsylvania's waterways and has initiated many remediation projects
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.