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Wetlands Restoration

LWA has recently completed two wetland restoration projects along the Old Lincoln Highway corridor to improve previously drained floodplain areas to alleviate excess run-off and provide habitat for a variety of native plant and animal life. The goal of the restoration projects was not necessarily to create standing water, but to provide a new habitat with native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees that will encourage wildlife, especially birds to nest, live and visit. Already, turtles, ducks and frogs have taken up residence in their restored home.
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Loyalhanna Nature Trail

LWA manages the 1-mile long Loyalhanna Nature Trail, located along 18 acres of floodplain between the Loyalhanna Creek and Mill Creek in Ligonier Township. The nature trail is open year-round from dawn until dusk, and is accessible from Route 30 East across from Ligonier Giant Eagle. Visitors to the trail will encounter many species of plants and animals, as well as different ecological and geological features. The historic “Swinging Bridge” first encountered on the trail has allowed visitors to safely cross the Loyalhanna since the early 1920s. This section of the Loyalhanna Creek has been designated as a Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing area and is well stocked throughout the year by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

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Watershed Farm

One of LWA’s most well-known protected parcels of land is the historic McConnaughey Farm purchased by the Association in 2000. The farm is currently home to the LWA office in the restored family farmhouse, and a modern education center and meeting space can now be found in the original bank barn, known as the Nimick Family Education Center. 

The 123.1 acre farm features a rotational grazing cattle operation, protected forested riparian buffer areas, a restored wetland, native gardens with pollinator friendly species, beehives, bird and wildlife boxes. The Watershed Loop Trail takes visitors on a scenic walk to view the farm’s wetland as well as the Ligonier Valley beyond. We are proud to partner with the well-known Ligonier Country Market to host the popular Saturday event at the base of the farm every Saturday from mid-May through the first weekend in October

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6 Old Lincoln Highway West
Ligonier, PA 15658

  • 1-724-238-7560

  • cathy@loyalwater.com

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