The USC Citizens for Land Stewardship
(USC CLS) would like to welcome you to our website. We are a community
conservation organization serving Upper St.Clair, PA. Here
will find information
about local conservation happenings and issues. As an organization, we
are committed to promoting
CLS also offers a variety of outdoor
celebration of our area's wonderful natural spaces throughout the year.
Be sure to check this page often for news of what is happening or
coming up in the natural world of USC!
education on environmental issues
prudent and ethical land use
to protect and enhance natural resources
awareness of the value of our
recognition of the enjoyment and
benefits of natural spaces within our community
activities that promote harmony
between people and nature
watershed restoration and
re-introduction of native plant species
Christmas Bird Count 2015:
19,838 individual birds were counted! The count has been compiled and
sent via the Audubon site for the 2015 CBC. It was another successful
USCCLS sponsored bird count!
CLS is co-sponsoring with the Mt. Lebanon Nature Conservancy an Edible
Food Hike. This is a free nature program "Spring Foraging For Wild
Edible Plants & Mushrooms" on Saturday, June 11th from
1 – 3pm. Space is limited. Please register with Chris
Phillips at email@example.com or
412-341-7307. Participants should meet at the gravel parking lot
on Beadling Road.
Lebanon is home to countless plant and mushroom species — many of
them edible and medicinal. Join Adam Haritan from learnyourland.com and foragingpittsburgh.com for
an interpretive walk through Bird Park where you will learn wild plant
and mushroom identification, nutritional benefits of wild foods,
harvesting methods, drying and storing methods, medicine making, and
much more. If you are looking to deepen the connection between
you and your land, this is a program you do not want to miss!
This interpretive walk will entail light hiking. Recommended
items to bring include water, camera, pen, and notepad.
at work in Mt. Lebanon
Steel City Grazers (goats and one donkey who stands guard duty) are
once again hard at work clearing invasive plants and other undesirable
stuff from Bird Park. Work starts on April 26th and will last for
three weeks. If you want to see goat power in action, park in the
gravel parking lot along Beadling Road in Mt. Lebanon. The sound of
chomping will lead you to the goats.
All Bets are off. Mayview
State Hospital property may yet be strip mined and drilled
Based on information
presented at a recent South Fayette Township Board of Commissioners
letter regarding the potential development of the former hospital
property as a
mixed use residential development was presented to the Commissioners.
developer, Charter Homes and Neighborhoods, has dropped the project and
withdrawn its negotiations with the Township. The reason given was
owner believes the election results in November may provide an
overturn the recently passed drilling ordinance, and as a result, drill
site in the future rather than sell to property..”
Click here for the complete letter. Industrial
development of the Mayview State Hospital property poses a real threat
quality of life in Upper St. Clair and to all the environmental and
recreational improvements that have been made to Boyce Mayview Park. Since the property is in South Fayette
Township, Upper St. Clair citizens have little voice in how South
develops the land. Stay tuned.
Boyce Mayview Park has
become one of
the most successful
stories of conservation in Upper St. Clair, as well as a fantastic
our community with the Community and Recreation Center, many hiking
trails, and The
Classroom. USC CLS is proud to have been a voice in the process that
allowed the Master Plan to come to life on the 450 acre site. However,
the development of the site into an accessible and popular park has
inspiring, it is important to consider the effects that any development
the natural spaces nearby. One of the main issues that comes into play
developed space is light pollution. As of July 1, 2013, Upper St. Clair
Township has approved temporary lighting for the ball fields at Boyce
Park, including the Miracle Field.
USC CLS understands the
lighting the fields for
evening ball games with bright, stadium-style lighting in the park.
USC CLS is hoping to eliminate any unnecessary use of these lights in
minimize the effects that light pollution will have on not only the
Boyce Mayview Park, but also the wildlife and people living in
What is light pollution
and why is it
a concern? Light
pollution can be described as the often disruptive impact of artificial
on both the darkness of the night sky and the light-related biological
of life in the lighted area. As stated in a 2008 National
Geographic report on light pollution, “Ill-designed
lighting washes out the darkness of night and radically alters the
levels—and light rhythms—to which many forms of
including ourselves, have
adapted. Wherever human light spills into the natural world, some
life—migration, reproduction, feeding—is
You are likely already familiar
with the effects of light pollution if you have ever compared the view
night sky in a city to a rural area. However, the effects of light
are not limited to cities; the type of lighting proposed for the
fields at Boyce Mayview Park would bring the same negative outcomes of
pollution to the surrounding areas in USC. We are calling for a
for the management of these lights, including exploring options such as
and pay per use similar to the successful setup of the township tennis
are some useful links to learn more about light pollution,
including the website of the International Dark Sky Association.
Looking to get
involved? Volunteer with us!
There are many volunteer opportunities
with USC CLS. Are you a student in
need of service hours? Are you retired and looking for a way to stay
active and involved in the community? Do you have special skills that
you could use to assist a small community group? Do you simply love the
great outdoors? No matter what your interests, USC CLS can use your
help! We are a friendly, passionate community and would love to have
you on board. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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