“The EQT Foundation is pleased to partner with Waynesburg on the development of this natural resource for both the University and the community at-large,” said Charlene Petrelli, EQT Foundation President. “EQT is committed to developing natural gas responsibly in order to protect the environment and preserve the area’s natural beauty. This trail will create an inviting space on campus that will educate our region’s students, and connect them with the environment in a way they haven’t experienced on campus before.”
The Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.
“The Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail will provide educational opportunities for University students, K-12 students in the borough and community members to have a place to enjoy nature while learning about natural species and restored ecosystems,” said Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology.
Funds from the grant will help provide an outdoor classroom; construction of a foot bridge along the walking trail; the clearing of invasive species, undesirable vegetation and debris; signage for the development of a 0.5 mile interpretative trail; walking trail improvements and additions; bird feeders; additional native trees and vegetation; and student internships.
The University’s goal is for the forest and walking trail area to be a place for students to learn, research and spend time with nature, while also offering the greater Waynesburg community the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate nature in an urban setting.
“This project provides a chance for the University and the community to work together to create a valuable resource for both educational and recreational opportunities in a forest ecosystem,” said Paladino.
About the EQT Foundation: EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation are committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. For more than the past decade, the EQT Foundation has made a difference by supporting local programs and initiatives that involve education, community and economic development, the arts, and the environment. Together with a variety of non-profit organizations, the EQT Foundation develops strong partnerships that enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts.
About Waynesburg University: Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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