Buffalo Creek Valley IBA and Watershed

Buffalo Creek Watershed Coalition Meeting

Join ASWP for the first Buffalo Creek Watershed Coalition Meeting on April 16 in Worthington. More details and registration here. Contact Sarah Koenig, Conservation Director, at skoenig@aswp.org or (412) 963-6100, for more information and to get involved.

Watershed Conservation Plan Information:

The Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan 10-year update is available here. Keep an eye on our events calendar and communications for upcoming activities and projects related to the plan. 

Buffalo Creek Valley Important Bird Area (IBA)

Did you know that Todd Nature Reserve falls within an Important Bird Area (IBA)? ASWP has an ongoing commitment to protect this amazing area. The Buffalo Creek Valley IBA contains exceptional bird habitat, is an area of high biological diversity, and is home to many species of conservation concern. The IBA is made up of the Buffalo Creek high-quality watershed and Harrison Hills Park, covering 171.5 square miles in Butler, Armstrong, and Allegheny counties. The area is a mixing zone between southern fauna such as Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Yellow-throated Vireo—and northern fauna including Magnolia Warbler, Brown Creeper, and Purple Finch. It contains extensive areas of northern hardwood-conifer forest
communities along steep and narrow ravines and large wetland areas in areas such as the floodplain of Little Buffalo Run. It even contains portions of two Important Mammal Areas!

ASWP is proud to help protect and preserve the quality and character of the Buffalo Creek Valley IBA.

ASWP in the Buffalo Creek Valley IBA

ASWP has a long history of environmental stewardship in the IBA which includes conservation, providing recreational opportunities, environmental education, community engagement, planning, and restoration activities. A few highlights include:

●     Over 75 years of land conservation at Todd Nature Reserve,

●     Over 500 acres permanently protected through ownership and conservation easements,

●     Led the development of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan in 2008 (see below), and currently conducting a 10-year update to the plan (see below),

●     Partnership with Freeport Area School district to deliver environmental education curriculum in classrooms and as part of Citizen Science on the Schoolground initiative,

●      Future development of the Buffalo Creek Nature Center, and

●      On-going public education opportunities through weekly naturalist-led walks at Todd Nature Reserve (April - October) and classes at Todd Nature Store.


Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan

In 2008, ASWP led the development of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan (funded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund administered by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources). There is no watershed association for Buffalo Creek. Through these planning efforts, ASWP sought to ensure that there was a conservation plan for the watershed that was informed by a diverse set of stakeholders.

Section 2 Intro and Executive Summary | Section 1 | Section 2 | Section 3 | Section 4 | Section 5 | Section 6 | Section 7 | Section 8

Appendix A | Appendix B |Appendix C |Appendix D |Appendix E |Appendix F |Appendix G |Appendix H |Appendix I |Appendix J |Appendix K |Appendix L |

Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan 10-Year Update

Over the last 10 years, the watershed has experienced many changes (e.g. loss of forest and agricultural lands to development) and additional threats have surfaced (e.g. Wooly Hemlock Adelgid). To address these changes, ASWP is conducted a 10-year update to the Buffalo Creek Watershed Conservation Plan. Through this process, we identified opportunities for restoration, partnership, and further stewardship of the IBA. A copy of the plan can be accessed here. Please contact Sarah Koenig, Conservation Director, at skoenig@aswp.org for more information..

Funding for this planning initiative has been provided by the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.