Buzz at the Apiary
expanded Apiary has made a much better home for
our bees. We now have room to add hives, make
splits in hives, and even relocate hives within
the Apiary as needed. We currently have nine fully
functioning hives. The bees have been busy
bringing in nectar from the fall blooming flowers:
Goldenrod, Japanese Knotweed, and Aster to name a
also have had a pretty good honey harvest as well.
Our honey was recently sold at the Scott Township
Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 6, and will again
be available at our Annual Meeting at the Lodge in
Scott Park on Wednesday evening, November
tours are available to anyone interested in
viewing the apiary and learning more about the
culture of honeybees. Please call or email the
Conservancy to make arrangements.
is a swarm?
swarm is a collection of bees that contains at
least one queen that has split from the mother
colony to establish a new one. A swarm is a
natural method of propagation of honeybees.
are bees important?
between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the
earth need help with pollination - they need
pollinators. Honeybees are pollinators.
Pollinators provide pollination services to over
180,000 different plant species and more than 1200
crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites
of food you eat is there because of pollinators.
If we want to talk dollars and cents, pollinators
add 217 billion dollars to the global economy, and
honeybees alone are responsible for between 1.2
and 5.4 billion dollars in agricultural
productivity in the United States. In addition to
the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy
ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils,
protect from sever weather, and support other
Accessed May 31, 2016)
Scott Conservancy is partnering with Tree
Pittsburgh by offering native species trees for
sale at a very favorable cost. Tree Pittsburgh's
mission is to protect and restore Pittsburgh's
urban forest through community tree planting and
care, education, and advocacy. Tree Pittsburgh's
Heritage Nursery seeks to revitalize local
forests, and the important services they provide,
by growing a diverse range of native and heritage
trees for planting efforts. The trees available
for sale have proved both hardy in our local
climates and resilient in modern conditions. The
nursery stock is curated with pride to withstand
vegetative competition and thrive after planting,
even in the toughest conditions. These trees have
resisted weather extremes, soil changes, and
pollution over decades, making them ideal
Conservancy volunteers will
be able to help
with pickup, delivery, and planting of these
reasonably priced trees. We hope you will consider
planting a tree or two on your own property or on
past comes back to life with flourishing gardens and inviting
Beth Exton, Development Director
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm
Join Us! Everyone Welcome
The Scott Conservancy
presents Beth Exton of The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at the Annual
Meeting taking place Wednesday, November 14 at the Scott Park Lodge
at Scott Park. Meeting at 7:00 pm, Speaker at 7:30 pm.
us for this free informative and entertaining presentation.
Refreshments will be available and an opportunity to purchase honey,
cultivated by local bees at our Scott Conservancy Apiary.
unique vision is growing at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The Garden's
460 acres of land, which tell the story of Pittsburgh's gritty,
industrial past, are coming back to life with flourishing gardens,
inviting trails, forested slopes and an open meadow. Beth Exton,
Development Director, will share the Garden's history and provide
highlights of its current education programs, conservation efforts
and display garden, along with future plans.
Director of Development, Beth works with the many friends and
supporters of the Garden to achieve the mission of the organization.
Beth brings fundraising experience from a variety of nonprofit
organizations, including higher education, health care and social
service organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism
from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's in nonprofit
management from Robert Morris University. In addition, Beth became a
Master Gardener in 2017.
Botanic Garden inspires people to value plants, garden
design and the natural world by cultivating plant
collections of the Allegheny Plateau and temperate regions,
creating display gardens, conducting educational programs
and conserving the environment..
by the bridge and pond at the Botanic Gardens
|We had a great trip to
the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on Saturday, June 9. The
garden is still far from complete, but those attending
enjoyed seeing the progress already made.
The group took a lovely walk
through the garden, following the trail through an open
field and woods. John Crist presented a wonderful program
at the apiary, answering many questions from the group. At
the end of our walk, we rested by the bridge and the
If you want to learn more about
the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, please come join us for the
Scott Conservancy's annual meeting at the Scott Lodge on
November 14. Our speaker this year will be Beth Exton, The
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden's Director of Development,
providing information on what will one day be a
Join us for lunch Wednesday,
December 12, 11:30 am
always nice to get together! Please plan to join other Scott
Conservancy members as we celebrate the holiday season. The Scott
Conservancy Annual Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, December
12, at 11:30 am, at Scoglio Greentree Restaurant. Located at
Foster Plaza Building 7, 661 Andersen Drive. Those attending will
order from the menu and will cover the cost of their own lunch. We
will provide the dessert! To make a reservation or for more
States Coast Guard volunteers at the Apiary on June 15,
2018, helping with the Apiary Expansion
you, U.S. Coast Guard!
Thank you to the members of the United State
Coast Guard who again volunteered their time to work in the Kane
Woods. The volunteers are from the United State Coast Guard office
located in Bridgeville. They volunteered two days this year, June 15
and August 9. We are so lucky to have their help.
On June 15, they spent the day at our apiary
near Providence Point moving the fence to enlarge the apiary. By
making the inside of the apiary larger, we can relocate the hives to
an area where they will get more sun in the winter. Doing so will
keep them warmer in cold weather.
On August 9, the USCG volunteers weed wacked
the parking lot at both the Scrubgrass and Whiskey Point Trailheads.
They also completed a walkway on the White Trail where the trail has
been getting flooded due to runoff from the hillside. Our own board
member, Kevin Russell designed and framed the walkway prior to the
In addition, the Coast Guard volunteers
piled stones collected from the stream against the base of the
bridge on that trail to prevent erosion occurring at the base of the
Rescue Training Kane Woods
If you were walking our trails on October 27
between about 8 am and 10 pm, do not be alarmed at the site of
active rescue efforts occurring - ALL OVER THE PLACE. Be assured no
major disaster has occurred.
After missing last year, our Scott
Conservancy is pleased again host the annual Pitt EM/Appalachian
Search and Rescue Conference Wilderness EMS Day in the Kane Woods.
The Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference and the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine are
sponsoring the training. The training is being organized and will be
lead by Dr. Keith Conover.
Dr. Conover has worked in the Emergency
Dept. at UPMC Mercy, and served on the faculty of the University of
Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Residency since 1987. Since the late
1960's, he has been doing and teaching mountain and cave rescue. He
serves as the Medical Director for the Allegheny Search and Rescue
Conference, the largest ground search and rescue organization in the
Dr. Conover has also supported the
Conservancy and helped with trail development and maintenance in our
Back in Working Order!
In September, we were surprised when we
discovered some deep, muddy disturbance to the trails in Kane Woods.
After reaching out a few places, we discovered a contractor had used
the Scrubgrass Parking Lot to access the sewage system, so that the
pipes could be lined/reinforced.
Once we were in contact with the right
people, Travis from Gateway, and John from Standard Pipe, they were
responsive in getting the trails rehabilitated.
On October 17-18, 80 tons of aggregate were
hauled in, and spread over the most used trails, including improving
the parking area; grass seed and straw were sowed on the less used
Maintenance of the infrastructure is a
necessity, and we appreciate all who provide time and labor to keep
our trails enjoyable and accessible.
As a reminder--KANE WOODS is not owned or
maintained by any municipality. It is a non-profit land trust. Trail
users who have renewed their membership in the last 12 months can
sleep well, knowing that they are not trespassing.
Over twenty-five people
attended the Annual Picnic in August at Whiskey Point while we
grilled food and shared time together. Thank you to our members
who attended and to Ed Zombek for grilling the food as he has done
for many years.
Race Fundraising Results
Thanks to the support of our members and
those purchasing tickets at the Scott Pool on the Fourth of July,
where it was one of the hottest days of the season, we again had a
very successful Ducky Race that raised nearly $700 for the
Conservancy. Jane Sorcan bought the winning duck and donated a
portion of her winnings back to the Conservancy. We appreciate the
your Conservancy Membership
We hope we can count on your continued
support. By making a yearly donation to The Scott Conservancy you
will help us continue our work in the community. You will
help us conserve and maintain greenspace for habitat, pollinators
and passive recreation. Conservancy members, please check the
mailing label for the date of your last donation. Enclosed is an
envelope for your convenience. Your donation is important to us.
As the end of the year approaches, consider giving. We hope
we can count on your continued support.
The CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) savings for
each ton of recycled paper is four tons of CO2 because
less energy is needed to make paper from recycled fiber as opposed
to virgin wood pulp. The savings does not even take into account the
CO2 absorbed by the trees that are not cut down to make
new paper. Keep Recycling!
Did you know that
you could support The Scott Conservancy just by making purchases
on Amazon? Go to smile.amazon.com and set The Scott Conservancy as
your supporting charity. Thank you for your support!
November 14, 2018
TIME: 7:00 pm
SPEAKER: 7:3M0 pm
PLACE: Scott Park Lodge
EVENT: Holiday Lunch
TIME: 11:30 am
PLACE: Scoglio Greentree Restaurant
661 Andersen Drive
Members & Chairpersons
PO Box 13067
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
1461 Scrubgrass Road
1459 Scrubgrass Road
did the mountain go?
It was pushed into the stream below.
did the fish all go?
They died because the stream can't flow.
are a short, Japanese form of poetry. Thank you to Hazel
Cope for her poetry. Hazel is a Scott Conservancy