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WELCOME Our organization preserves and protects greenspace with an emphasis in the Pittsburgh International Airport Corridor. Hollow Oak Land Trust owns over 400 acres and protects another 100 acres through conservation agreements with landowners. Our conservation areas are open to the public for hiking, biking and relaxing in the great outdoors.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Montour Woods Conservation Area
Londonbury Clubhouse
220 Downing Drive, Moon Twp. 15108

Hollow Oak Land Trust members, friends and family are invited to a day of fun, food and outdoor activities at Montour Woods Conservation Area. Activities include hikes, mountain biking and geocaching.
1:00 PM Mt. Bike Rides: Beginner & Intermediate
3:30 PM Geocaching (bring GPS unit or share)

Autumn Cookout provided! Folks are welcome to bring a side dish, beverages or dessert to share.
RSVP: info@hollowoak.org or (412) 264-5354

1st Annual Mountain Bike Race
September 25, 2016

The First Annual Race to the Moon attracted 118 racers and lots of family, friends and volunteers who cheered them on at Moon Park & Montour Woods. Race Director Rich Dahlgren and Co-Director Darin Shaffer did a superb job of planning and marking the course, featuring tight singletrack, swooping doubletrack, stream crossings and hills aplenty.

Volunteers also made the event a success and we are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual event September 24, 2017!

Big thanks to our sponsors:
Chevron North America, Allegheny City Brewing, Penn Brewing and Full Pint Brewing, plus Bob Bannon for whipping out some fine hats and shirts.

Race Photos from Mike Briggs
(high-res available for sale)

Top Finishers per Class:
Full Race Results here

NOVICE (10 miles)
Female: 1-Sharon Connors, 2-Sarah Ross, 3-Shaina Joyce
Male:1-Jonathan Cain, 2-Kyle Hackmeister, 3-Riley Connors

SPORT (16 miles)
Female: 1-Robyn Stewart, 2-Greta Daniels,3-Stacie Truszkowski
Male: 1-Bob Anderson, 2-Eric Bergdoll, 3-Bradley Dake

EXPERT (22 miles)
Female: 1-Suz Falvey, 2-Lynda Stucky,
Male: 1-Anthony Grinnell, 2-James Litzinger, 3-Ed Brewer

SINGLESPEED (16 miles)
1-Simon Clark, 2-Brad Wooddell, 3-Wilson Pyle

FAT BIKE (16 miles)
1-Ron Chamberlain, 2-Rob Mitlo, 3-Karl Pollack

UNICYCLE (10 miles)
1-Dave Krack, 2-Jesse Coyne

Trail Luv Mondays - thru October
Mondays, 5:30 pm

Please join us on Mondays, 5:30pm, as we build hand-crafted artisanal trails. Dress for the weather and be prepared to get dirty. Gloves, water, tools, instruction provided. Snacks and libations afterward! Check the Hollow Oak Facebook page each week for location.
- Laurie & Darin info@hollowoak.org

Third Cohort of Brook Trout Released in Meeks Run
May 13, 2016
Thanks to Mr. Frank Todd's Science class at Moon Area Middle School, 100 fingerling brook trout were reintroduced to their ancestral home in Meeks Run for the third year in a row. Plus 20 trees planted, and a great fly fishing lesson from Orvis Pittsburgh...a good day at Montour Woods!

Moon Park Linked to Montour Woods
Trail Connector Completed
May 18, 2015
In a fantastic burst of public-private collaboration, Hollow Oak has logged over 200 volunteer hours this spring in building a new trail that now connects Montour Woods Conservation Area with Moon Park. This sustainably-built trail (shown in yellow) climbs 230 vertical feet while travelling 1/2 mile...but you'd never know it, except for the wonderful views of the Meeks Run valley below!

This trail connector is the first step in completing the Montour Woods Greenway, which will connect Moon Park to two points of the Montour Trail, protecting habitat in the Meeks Run and Trout Run valleys. Moon Township residents formerly had to walk 3 miles of roadways to reach the Montour Trail from Moon Park. Now, the route is possible entirely by except for about 200 yards at the bottom of Hassam Rd.

In The News

Hollow Oak Land Trust celebrates 25th anniversary with beer and food
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bob Batz Jr.
People who go to the Hollow Oak Land Trust's 25th anniversary Brewhaha next month will not only help conserve local greenspace but also get some rare brews. Allegheny City Brewing, which isn't even open yet on the North Side, will be pouring a few - Aiko Aiko IPA, Paw Paw Farmhouse Ale (brewed with the indigenous fruit) and Allegheny Common Ground Brown Ale (aged with Commonplace Coffee) - into souvenir glasses that attendees can keep. Partiers also will get to take home a 12-ounce bottle of Hollow Oak Bourbon Barrel Stout, brewed just for this event.

Yes, Pittsburgh is a great outdoors town. Here's why.
Next Pittsburgh, Lauri Grotstein
Outside Magazine included Pittsburgh on its short list for its Best Town competition this year, and National Geographic Adventure has named our fair-and outdoorsy city-number one on its list of six adventure cities. But if you still need convincing, here are some of the many reasons that Pittsburgh has become a great outdoors town.

Hit the Trail
Allegheny West Magazine
Carolyn Morrison

Local recreational trail circuits offer so much more than a way to get from point A to point B. Whether it's a long ride on the Montour Trail or a rugged and rocky singletrack up through the trees on Hollow Oak Land Trust property, trails combine opportunities for fitness, socializing and experiencing the restorative power of nature.

Nonprofit to show off latest acquisition of trails
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Len Barcousky
To beat the wintertime blues, Hollow Oak hosts a celebration of Montour Woods Conservation Area with mountain bike rides and a campfire.

Hollow Oak Land Trust creates program to involve youth
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tory N. Parrish
Hollow Oak recently created a Youth Land Stewardship Program to engage younger people in habitat management and trail stewardship.

Brook Trout Make Meeks Run Home
Allegheny West Magazine 2014
With the help of HOLT and Moon Middle School students, brook trout have made their way into Meeks Run. Story is found on page 11 of this issue.

Moon Middle Schoolers Say Goodbye to Class Project
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2014
This is another article highlighting the middle school science project in collaboration with HOLT.

Students Learn from Trout
The Allegheny Front 2014
This article looks at the science involved with raising and releasing brook trout into Meeks Run.

Hit the Trails with HOLT
Flightline 2013, The Chamber Pittsburgh Airport Area
Cover story of the June 2013 issue.

Creating A Greenway Trail System in Moon Township
Moon Township Messenger 2013
An introduction to local residents in the official publication of Moon Township government services.

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PA BCO statement: Your donations to Hollow Oak Land Trust are tax deductible. The official registration and financial information of Hollow Oak Land Trust may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.