Latest Buzz at the Apiary 

John Crist, our beekeeper and Conservancy Board Member, maintains the hives

Our 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 few. 


We 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 14. 


Apiary 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.

    Honeybee swarm


What is a swarm? 


A 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. 


Why are bees important? 


Somewhere 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 wildlife.

(Source:, Accessed May 31, 2016)



Tree Pittsburgh

The 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 candidates. 

Scott 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 Conservancy property.

Contact: Keith Breitenstein 



Pittsburgh Botanic Garden 

Pittsburgh's past comes back to life with flourishing gardens and inviting trails 

Presenter: Beth Exton, Development Director
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm

Please 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. 

Join 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. 

A 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. 

As 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.


Pittsburgh 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.. 

resting 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 award-winning pond. 

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 world-class garden.

Celebrate the Season! 
Join us for lunch Wednesday,
December 12, 11:30 am

It is 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 information: Contact Jane Sorcan

United States Coast Guard volunteers at the Apiary on June 15, 2018, helping with the Apiary Expansion

Thank 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 event. 

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 bridge.

Emergency 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 U.S. 

Dr. Conover has also supported the Conservancy and helped with trail development and maintenance in our Kane Woods.

Trails 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 trail spur. 

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.

Scrubgrass Run Trailhead Improvements

Annual Picnic Recap 

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.

Ducky 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 donation.

Renew 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!

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EVENT: Annual Meeting

November 14, 2018
TIME:  7:00 pm
SPEAKER:  7:3M0 pm
PLACE:  Scott Park Lodge


EVENT: Holiday Lunch

December 12, 2018
TIME:  11:30 am
PLACE:  Scoglio Greentree Restaurant
Foster Plaza
Building 7
661 Andersen Drive










  • Bob Gamble, President

  • Don McGuirk, Vice-President

  • Sarantos Patrinos, Secretary

  • Jane Sorcan, Treasurer

Board Members & Chairpersons

  • John Crist

  • Bill Luxner

  • Kim Imler

  • Kevin Russell

  • Robert Celaschi


  • Robin Anthony

  • Mary Pitzer

  • Jean Miewald, 

Connect with Us

The Scott Conservancy
PO Box 13067
Pittsburgh, PA  15243

Whiskey Run Trailhead
1461 Scrubgrass Road

Scrubgrass Run Trailhead
1459 Scrubgrass Road















Where did the mountain go? 
It was pushed into the stream below. 
Mountaintop removal. 

Where did the fish all go? 
They died because the stream can't flow.
 Mountaintop removal.

Hazel Cope


Haiku are a short, Japanese form of poetry. Thank you to Hazel Cope for her poetry.  Hazel is a Scott Conservancy member








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