Protect Fern Hollow

Creating a smart bridge to healthy ecology
Map of Nine Mile Run creek

Fern Hollow in the Nine Mile Run watershed.

When the Fern Hollow Bridge collapsed, it didn’t just leave travelers injured and the East End stymied without a critical artery. It collapsed directly into Fern Hollow, into Frick Park and into the Nine Mile Run Watershed area we’ve spent 20 years stewarding.

Today, we call on our community, our partners and our friends to join us in protecting Fern Hollow. By advocating for smart demolition practices and environmentally sensitive construction, we can protect the delicate ecosystem in Fern Hollow, including the wetlands that could be affected by heavy equipment, sedimentation effects on the wildlife, potential loss of tree canopy and biodiversity.

By working together, we won’t just have a bridge for all to use safely, we’ll make Fern Hollow better than it was when a bridge landed in it. Isn’t that why we’re all here?

Sign on to advocate for environmentally sensitive site preparation and construction to protect the delicate ecosystem in Fern Hollow.

Join us: Fern Hollow Bridge Collective

Want to stay updated on the work in Fern Hollow? Share your voice when advocacy is required? Lend a hand to help?

We’re proud to partner with these organizations to #ProtectFernHollow

Bike Pittsburgh
Civically
Pittsburghers for Public Transit
Point Breeze Organization
Operation Better Block logo. Reweaving the fabric of community life.
Preservation Pittsburgh
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy logo
Testing the waters

Support this work

There’s a lot to be done. From environmental impact assessments to monitoring, we can use all the help we can get. You can make a donation to #ProtectFernHollow.

See the data

Explore the UpstreamPgh Data Hub to find resources about Nine Mile Run water quality, the Fern Hollow Bridge Impact Reporter, printed reports and studies, and much more.

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#ProtectFernHollow: Share the recommendations

Let’s protect the continued health and wellbeing of the ecosystem in the Fern Hollow Valley and creek, the Nine Mile Run watershed, and Frick Park. Our Collective has produced a set of recommendations for the reconstruction of the Fern Hollow Bridge. Will you join us? Learn more and share on your social media channels below.

#ProtectFernHollow: Share the recommendations

Let’s protect the continued health and wellbeing of the ecosystem in the Fern Hollow Valley, its namesake creek, Nine Mile Run, and Frick Park. Our Collective has produced a set of recommendations for the reconstruction of the Fern Hollow Bridge. Will you join us? Learn more and share on your social media channels below.

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Stay smart: Our work in the news

  • 90.5 WESA – Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh officials are acting quickly to replace the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge. While that has some concerned about a rushed idea for the bridge’s aesthetic, others are sounding the alarm about what an accelerated project could mean for Fern Hollow......

  • KDKA – Two weeks after the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse, environmental groups are working to make sure all the debris left behind doesn’t destroy the environment of Frick Park, including the creek at the bottom of the ravine. Groups like UpstreamPgh have already noticed some......

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board – As city, state and federal governments prepare to clean up and rebuild the Fern Hollow Bridge, the emphasis will be almost entirely on the “Bridge,” and not the “Fern Hollow.” But it’s important to remember that this bridge was, and......

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Local ecologists are monitoring the possible negative effects of the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse on the surrounding ecosystem. UpstreamPgh, previously known as the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, is an organization concerned with the preservation of Nine Mile Run, a stream that......

Protect Fern Hollow. Rebuild Resposibly