A project that restored Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail shelters and a program that provides free technical services for Allegheny County communities dealing with soil contamination are among five entities selected for $5,000 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, according to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Dominion Energy cosponsors the award.
In addition to the five programs, the council plans to present former Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon with a lifetime achievement award at its awards dinner on May 24.
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation hired a mason to refurbish chimneys at the 40 three-sided Adirondack-style shelters along the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. REI, the Friends of Laurel Hill and other donors paid for the project.
The Allegheny County Conservation District launched the Urban Soils project to help municipalities deal with contaminated vacant and abandoned parcels in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. The district so far has offered $150,000 in testing services and hundreds of hours of free technical assistance to the communities.