Andrew Zadnik (Director of Land Stewardship, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy)
Mike Kuzemchak (Director of Operations, Fallingwater, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy))
Brian Jones (Land Stewardship Coordinator, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy)
Anne Talarek (Horticulture Specialist, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy)
Depart: 7:30 a.m.
Return: 4:30 p.m.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Attendees will walk from the visitors' center to Fallingwater and hike for an hour in Bear Run Nature Reserve on sometimes rocky terrain.
Destination: Fallingwater/Bear Run Nature Reserve
Conference themes: Forest Management
Experience a guided tour of Fallingwater, a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was designed as a private residence and weekend home for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. Fallingwater is one of Wright's most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Today, Fallingwater is open to the public as a museum and is designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure. After the tour, a lunchtime presentation will include an overview of Fallingwater's landscape management practices and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's (WPC) land conservation efforts in the region. After lunch, participants will join WPC Land Stewardship staff on a one-hour hike of Bear Run Nature Reserve, focusing on efforts to convert planted conifer stands to native deciduous forest. The hike will feature moderate slopes and rocky terrain, so walking shoes/boots are required.
Transportation: Bus from Conference Venue
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