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Preservation for Civil War Buffs

Cassandra and Bill Pulig were “brought to” their land in Quaker Valley by a series of serendipitous, and a few scary, events. H...
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Mini-Grant Program

Mini-Grants for the Susquehanna Greenway region are intended to stimulate projects that align with the goals of the partnership...
Saving ConaMoore Farm

The shady woodlands, rolling pastures, and picturesque buildings of ConaMoore Farm serve as the gateway to East Nantmeal Townsh...
Watershed Specialist Added to Berks Conservancy’s Staff

William J Ryan III joined the Berks Conservancy on July 7 as its new Watershed Ecologist. This new position, is designed to foc...
Delaware Highlands Conservancy Welcomes New Land Protection Coordinator

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is extremely pleased to welcome Jennifer Sherwood to the organization as the new Land Protec...

Quote of the Day

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
— Richard Feynman

Draft Model Conservation Easement Amendment Policy Available for Public Review: PALTA Requests Recommendations for Improvements

PALTA has released for public review a draft Model Conservation Easement Amendment Policy. The model is intended to assist Pennsylvania land trusts in establishing policies regarding amendments. Suggestions for improvements and other comments are appreciated.

New Guidance on Riparian Buffer Protection at

Three Guides and a Model Land Use Ordinance that relate to riparian buffers.

Submit Workshop/Seminar Proposals for 2015 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is now accepting seminar/workshop proposals for the 2015 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference (Sign up here to receive the RFP notice via email). You must be logged in to submit a proposal. Deadline is November 3, 2014.

Model Grant of Purchase Option with Commentary

A purchase option assures the option holder of the right to purchase property at a certain price within a certain time period but without an obligation to do so. In granting an option, the landowner gives up the right to sell freely during the option period. PALTA recently published the first edition of this model after completing a one-year public review process.

Get Outdoors PA: Go Land Trusts!

Land trusts are an important partner in getting Pennsylvanians outdoors. The initiative officially launched this spring, and to date, fourteen land trusts have become community partners.

Find the Green! A New Guide

The Growing Greener Coalition presents Finding the Green! A Guide to State Funding Opportunities for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation Projects. The purpose of this guide is to offer, in a single source, a thorough and accurate rundown of the state funding opportunities for conservation, preservation, and recreation projects throughout the commonwealth.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association Honors Lancaster County for its Leadership & Commitment in Protecting Our Natural Resources

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association honored Lancaster County with the 2014 Government Conservation Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership in the conservation of our special landscapes and critical natural resources.

Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in Southeastern Pennsylvania

With upcoming training sessions in Bucks, Chester and Lancaster counties, the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program will prepare substantially more citizens to become volunteer leaders reaching out to their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an annual volunteer leadership program with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.

EAC Network: New Website and Discussion Group

For those currently working with or interested in establishing an Environmental Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association invites you to join the new EAC Network Listserv and download the EAC Handbook. 

2014 Conference Handouts & Materials Now Available

Course materials from selected seminars and sessions are now available. Course outlines, Powerpoint presentations and handouts can be downloaded directly from Materials are only available for courses for which speakers provided electronic materials. If the information you are seeking is not currently available, you may want to return to the site occasionally and check for updates. Materials are organized by topics (see right hand column) for your convenience.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association Honors George Weymouth with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) honored George Weymouth of Delaware County, with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award at an awards dinner in Wyomissing on May 2nd.A trailblazer, Weymouth has advocated and tirelessly raised funds for water and land preservation for nearly five decades

William Penn Foundation Invests $35M in Grants to Protect Drinking Water in Delaware River Watershed

The William Penn Foundation announced a $35 million multi-year initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking water for 15 million people, many in major cities including New York (NY), Philadelphia (PA), Camden (NJ), and Wilmington (DE). The grants fund an unprecedented collaboration of leading conservation organizations who will align their work to protect land, restore streams, test innovative approaches in ecologically significant places, and monitor results over time.

PALTA 2013 Program Report: A Successful Year

Download Pennsylvania Land Trust Association's Program Report 2013. This report details the accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Assocation. 

Twenty-two Pennsylvania Land Trusts Achieve Accreditation

The latest accredited land trusts were announced in February 2014 and the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association congratulates the French Creek Valley Conservancy for achieving accreditation as well as the following four organizations for achieving accreditation renewal: Brandywine Conservancy, Countryside Conservancy, Heritage Conservancy and North Branch Land Trust.

RFP: Develop Tax Guides for

As part of its continuing expansion of technical resources available at, PALTA seeks to hire a contractor or contractors to develop two tax guides. PALTA intends to select a contractor or contractors from among those responding to this Request for Proposals. Candidates may respond with proposals to complete one or both of the guides described in this RFP.

Pennsylvania’s Interactive Sustainable Park Design Model

Is your organization interested in saving park maintenance and energy costs; or would you like to learn about ways to enhance the natural resources in your park? If so, check out Pennsylvania’s Interactive Sustainable Park Design Model which can be found by clicking here. Municipalities and organizations can use the online tool to protect natural resources, save energy and maintenance costs, improve water quality, connect people to nature, as well as other practices to enhance our public spaces for the benefit of society and the environment.

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Act 13 Zoning Provisions

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a portion of Act 13, the controversial 2012 update of the state's oil and gas law, findng that the law violated Article I Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (the environmental rights clause). The court ruled that the law can't force municipalities to zone to allow gas development activities that they determine would be harmful. The ruling also dealt with complaints that the law prevented doctors from following their duties to report medical findings.

$5.6 M in Grants Awarded through Marcellus Legacy Fund

Governor Tom Corbett announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority's approval of nearly $5.6 million in funding to support 32 watershed restoration and protection projects throughout Pennsylvania.

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Help Connect Landowners to Potential Buyers of Conserved Properties

As a service to conservation organizations and landowners, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association manages "Conserved Real Estate for Sale", a web resource dedicated to marketing conserved properties. Land trusts and farmland preservation boards can download a flyer to share with landowners and real estate agents regarding this resource. 

Pennsylvania Land Trusts Expand Conserved Lands by 64% in a Decade

Land trusts protected Pennsylvania’s special places and landscapes at an extraordinary pace this last decade. In fact, the past ten years account for 39% of the acreage ever conserved by land trusts

PA Land Trust Accomplishments of the Past Decade

Two graphs illustrating the accomplishments of Pennsylvania Land Trusts in the past ten years.

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The people of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envision a prosperous Pennsylvania, where communities know that their treasured green places will endure. We envision a Commonwealth where the lands that guarantee our water quality are safeguarded; where every child can safely play at a nearby park; where our productive farmland and forests are protected, securing our food and timber supply; and where wild places are preserved for wildlife and people.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for supporting the Association’s conservation efforts.

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