In 2009, NAEC saw the need to address fragmented governance as it related to the 67.3 square mile Pine Creek Watershed, which drains into 14 municipalities. Coalition participants include members of environmental organizations, sportsmen’s groups, and business interests, as well as elected officials, municipal staff, and volunteers. The Coalition published an extensive Watershed Assessment/Restoration and Protection Plan--funded by the PA Department of Environmental Protection--to determine land use in each municipality and best management practices for the whole Pine Creek watershed.
The Friends of North Park (FoNP) is a county agency & citizen’s group with the mission of providing stewardship and advocacy for the park. The FoNP focuses on promoting volunteerism, raising funds for special projects, and providing a forum for public discussion on matters important to park users. Core members of the group have been appointed by Allegheny County Council to serve two-year terms as advisers. Appointees act as the eyes and ears of County Council to address the general needs of the park and work to preserve, protect and improve the natural environment.
Check out FoNP's robust Facebook public group which showcases some amazing content from local wildlife photographers! NAEC encourages you to join this group as well as NAEC's Facebook group (link) to stay in the loop on upcoming events, news, and projects.
ANNUAL SEEDLING SALE
The council has hosted a seedling sale for the North Area since 1972! NAEC works to restore tree canopy in Allegheny County and mitigate stormwater runoff and flooding. McCandless township suffered a -3.9% tree canopy loss within the last 5 years according to a recent Pittsburgh Post Gazette article. Trees, shrubs and wildflowers--native to our region--are available through NAEC (link) each spring in partnership with Latodami Nature Center. Details for the 2019 Spring Seedling Sale to be announced in the fall!
The Council has awarded over 30 scholarships since 1977. We believe in supporting education that fosters environmental awareness and the next generation of environmental leaders. Awards include to teacher, student, and general scholarships to North Hills residents for projects related to environmental science, policy, or advocacy.
Applications Open: Rolling
We organize stream clean-up days throughout the North Area to rid the region of litter, waste, stream debris, etc.
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The NAEC's first annual meeting was held in 1970, when a band of members united to solidify the organization and its goals for the future. The featured speaker in 2018 was Matt Mehalik on the topic of fracking and petrochemical industry development in Western Pennsylvania and the Ohio Valley.