2016 Trails & Trees Season
Mondays, 5:30 pm
The ground is thawing and the birds are singing...trail season is here! Hollow Oak is planning many exciting projects this year, from foot bridges to rainwater features to a new trail at Salamander Run. Also, if you're a gardener or if you enjoyed playing in a creek as a kid, we have new projects such as native wildflower planting, tree tending and stream monitoring. Please let us know if those types of activities tickle your fancy.
Please join us on Mondays, 5:30pm at the Downing Drive trailhead and check the Hollow Oak Facebook page each week for location. First up is construction of a new boardwalk through the muddy area near Downing Drive. After that, Trail Stewards Darin and Laurie are excited to show you new project areas along Meeks Run, Highlands Trail & Lollypop, plus a new trail connection to Salamander Run. While hiking in, we are sure to hear the jet vortex and see lots of cool shelf fungus on the fallen logs down in the Salamander ravine.
Get ready to lace up your work boots and dress for the weather for a fun and productive trail building season!
- Laurie & Darin
Hollow Oak Brewhaha
Saturday, March 26, 2016
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Robin Hill Park Mansion, Moon Twp
Hollow Oak Land Trust is celebrating 25 years of local land conservation and you're invited!
Join us for a festive evening of locally brewed craft beers paired with locally grown foods.
Bid on awesome gifts, gear, art and outdoor experiences in our auction and raffles while sampling local brews. Registration includes bottle of 25th Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Stout and souvenir taster glass. All for $50!
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.
Second Cohort of Brook Trout Released in Meeks Run
May 18, 2015
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 second year in a row. Plus 20 trees planted, a great fly casting lesson from Orvis Pittsburgh and a bonus 3-mile nature hike with Hollow Oak, a good day at Montour Woods!
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
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.