Nonprofit Newswire | Conservation Group Donor Fells Forest

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May 18, 2010; Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | What do you do when one of your biggest contributors does the thing that you have vowed to oppose? This is a question that the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy must answer with regards to the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The Foundation oversees the 7,661-acre Richard King Mellon Estate and it has clear cut thousands of trees on a 44-acre tract without the required permit from the local township or an “approved erosion and sedimentation plan from the county’s conservation district.” The WPC has received $18.6 million from the foundation in the last five years and its board includes the director of the foundation and Mellon heir Joshua Whetzel III.—Ruth McCambridge

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