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WPC Expands Natural Area in Slippery Rock and Enhances Forested Views Along the GAP

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has permanently protected two important natural areas, conserving a total of 87 acres in B...
North Branch Land Trust Protects the 3053-Acre Mocanaqua

North Branch Land Trust (NBLT), working in partnership with the property owner Earth Conservancy, The Department of Conservatio...
Lancaster Farmland Trust Invited to Testify Before Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry

Karen Martynick, Executive Director of Lancaster Farmland Trust, will offer testimony on Thursday, June 11, at 10 a.m. before t...
Go Mobile!

In 2014, Natural Lands Trust and The Trustees of Reservation collaborated to create a mobile app that offers an interactive gui...
Get Outdoors PA Partners Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on June 13th 

Get Outdoors PA is partnering with community partners statewide to celebrate its two-year anniversary on the weekend of Nationa...

Quote of the Day

“Most people are on the world, not in it--have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them--undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.”
— John Muir

6/25 listening session for model easement update

PALTA will hold a listening session from noon to 1:15 pm on June 25 to hear people's thoughts. PALTA will not be presenting; rather, staff will be listening to you.

Webinar: Power Lines, Pipelines and Protected Lands: Standing up for Places in the Path of Energy Transmission

Sign up for this webinar hosted by the PA Highlands Coalition. "Power lines, Pipelines and Protected Lands: Standing up for Places in the Path of Energy Transmission" will be held Friday, July 17th from 9:30 to 11:00 am.  

Rural by Design, 2nd edition

The second edition of Randall Arendt's groundbreaking land use planning book, Rural by Design, may be purchased from and the American Planning Association. Autographed copies may be purchased directly from the author, who can be contacted at

Rights of First Purchase: Two New Models

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has published for public review and early adoption two new draft models with commentaries: the Model Grant of Right of First Offer and theModel Grant of Right of First Refusal. The Association encourages conservation practitioners to download them at and provide comments to PALTA no later than April 20. With your review, you can help PALTA create the most useful models possible.

PALTA Honors R. John Dawes with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) honored R. John Dawes of the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, with the Lifetime Conservation Leadership Award at an awards dinner in Gettysburg on May 9th.

PALTA Honors Northampton County for its Leadership & Commitment in Protecting Our Natural Resources

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association honored Northampton County with the 2015 Government Conservation Leadership Award for demonstrated leadership in the conservation of our special landscapes and critical natural resources.

Nature Play: Nurturing Children and Strengthening Conservation through Connections to the Land

Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. To make conservation efforts endure, we must emotionally connect children to nature.The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association has published a guide to nature play. You can view or download the beautifully illustrated edition at or access the text-only edition

PALTA Reports on a Productive 2014

This report provides details on the programs, services and accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association in 2014. This work includes education and outreach, technical assistance, and policy work.

Gov. Wolf's Appointments for DCNR, DEP & PDA

Governor-elect Wolf announced his picks for heading the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Department of Envirormental Protection and Department of Agriculture. 

Post your next job opening on the ConserveLand Jobs Board!

Post your job opening at - it is easy and free!

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.

Public Dedication and Fees in Lieu Rules Changed General Assembly Gives New Flexibility to Municipalities

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code authorizes municipalities to require developers, when developing land, to dedicate a portion of the land for public recreation or, if a developer is willing, pay a fee in lieu of the land dedication. Act 135 of 2014 clarifies, elaborates on and modifies the subdivision and land development rules regarding these dedications. 

PA Land Trust Accomplishments of the Past Decade

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

Market Conserved Real Estate at

A clearning house for property owners and realtors to market conserved real estate. Help us match sellers with buyers who share the same values of land conservation. We're now on Facebook!

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. Honored with Statewide Award, a project of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) and the Department of Conservation & Natural Reources, was honored with the Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach.

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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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