What we do
Fox Chapel Area Land Trust owns many acres of real property in the Fox Chapel area, as well as many easements on property that prevents development or modifications that alter its natural state at time of donation or acquisition.
Apart from those properties, we are occasionally involved with group or other special projects, some of which are listed below.
Hardie Valley Park
In 2019, the Fox Chapel Area Land Trust partnered with the Fox Chapel Borough Parks and Borough Mayor Alex Scott to raise funds to acquire and protect from development the 17-acre Hardie Family property tucked in the pristine valley located between Riding Meadow and Old Mill Roads, alongside Squaw Run. A pristine meadow and onetime horse barn and pasture, and a pond bordering the Dog Park trails, the property opened October 17, 2020, as a community park with plans to restore the natural winding aquifer wetlands of Squaw Run. This completes a longitudinal 4-mile-long, 345 acre park and trail system connecting O'Hara Community Park with Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve/Audubon Society.
Photos: Johannes Ernharth / property Fox Chapel Area Land Trust
(circa 18th Century)
On a wooded knoll, in northern Fox Chapel, lies an old pioneer farm cemetery which originally belonged to Mary and Henry (David) Strohm, the first permanent settlers in Indiana Township. At least 80 people are buried here, including Fox Chapel pioneers such as William Hart, Peter Weber, and Thomas and James Powers (whose family name lives on in Powers Run / Powers Run Rd).
Crofton Nature Reserve
Many years ago, the Fox Chapel Area Land Trust led and partially funded the successful effort to create a natural reserve and conservation education project on Field Club Road across from the Fox Chapel Area High School in O’Hara Township.
Today, the Crofton Nature Reserve continues to thrive with the help of additional benefactors. Revitalized in 2016, the Reserve includes a butterfly and bird sanctuary and a walking trail.