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Our Mission

NAEC’s mission is to support, promote, and foster quality of life in our community through the protection and improvement of a healthy and biologically diverse local environment.  In support of its mission NAEC engages in ecological restoration projects, land conservation, education, advocacy, and scientific research.


"One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew i would never see it again?' "

— Rachel Carson

Meet the Directors 

Bill Moul, President

Sue Broughton, 1st VP, Newsletter Editor

Marian Crossman

Marian’s participation in Council work began in 1969, when the group formed as an activity of the North Area YWCA.Focus was on programs to inform and involve the region’s public in wise land use planning, protect air &water quality & encourage conservation. Over the years other specific groups branched out from the NAEC to focus on community trails and support the protection of natural lands. Marian’s continuous volunteer work with many of these local outdoor groups brings the satisfaction of seeing that a larger and stronger part of the current population enjoys continuing with these efforts now.

Gary Rigdon, 2nd VP, North Park Liaison

Gary is currently the Director of Development and Finance for Sustainable Pittsburgh.  Prior to this, he worked as the Operations Manager for the Hollow Oak Land Trust and Director of Programs at the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.  He has also worked as a consultant for the Allegheny County Parks Foundation to develop a plan for mobilizing volunteers and the Allegheny Land Trust to lead them through the process of obtaining accreditation.  Before transitioning to a career working in the nonprofit world, Gary spent 22 years working in the corporate sector for organizations such as Mellon Bank, IBM, and Oracle.  In his free time, Gary enjoys cross-country skiing, bicycling, whitewater kayaking, hiking, and fishing.  His passion for protecting and improving the environment is inspired by the energy and sense of well-being he gains from experiencing the beauty and wonder of nature.

John Warren, treasurer

John Warren has been active in NAEC for over 25 years. He has served as treasurer on the board since 2007.  John’s focuses on financial responsibilities and tasks that make it possible for other members to devote more of their time to conservation activities in the region. He graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He then furthered his education and received his Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh. John is very active in the Avonworth Historical Society and has also served as a Coordinator of Amnesty International Group 524 for more than 25 years.

Sara rectenwald, REcording Secretary

Sara Rectenwald joined the NAEC board in November 2017 as Recording Secretary. She studied biology at Allegheny College and recently completed her Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management at Duquesne University. She works as a program coordinator at 3 Rivers Wet Weather, where she helps to develop and implement tools, resources and programs for municipalities. Prior to joining 3RWW, she worked as an associate scientist at Environmental Resources Management in Cranberry Township.   Sara lives in Brighton Heights on the North Side of Pittsburgh. 

Tony Seethaler, Director at large

Todd Goodwin, director at large

Eileen Lessman, Education Chair

Adrienne Buka, Newsletter Editor

Adrienne recently joined NAEC to assist in digital communications. She attended Chatham College completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Advocacy. Since, Adrienne has worked in a variety of non-profit settings with a particular focus on water quality. A native of Wexford, Adrienne came on board to support NAEC’s environmental initiatives in her hometown and surrounding areas. In her free time, Adrienne enjoys hiking with her dog Myron, travel, horseback riding, and yoga.

Additional Biographies and Pictures Coming Soon!

Our Partners

Watersheds often cross geographic boundaries — boundaries between local governments, states, or even nations. Herein lies the problem of managing our water resources: each governmental unit typically manages its section of the watershed independently from its neighbor. This fragmented approach to land use may lead to serious consequences in both water quality and quantity in our rivers and streams. NAEC works collaboratively with these municipalities to keep the watershed clean. 

The Pine Creek Watershed, located in northern Allegheny County, is 67.3 square miles and drains into 14 NAEC municipal partners.  Click on the links below for more information on each municipality.

Bradford Woods


O'Hara Township


Marshal township

McCandless Township

O'Hara Township

pine Township



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