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Lancaster Farmland Trust Raises Over $125,000 at Annual Dinner 2014 Award Winners Announced

With the support of generous sponsors and over 250 attendees, Lancaster Farmland Trust’s “Saving the Land We Love&#... Recognized by the American Planning Association (PA Chapter)

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA Chapter of APA) held its Annual Awards Luncheon in Philadelph...
Delaware Highlands Conservancy Launches Fundraising Campaign for River Access in Long Eddy, NY

Hours of community input are coming to fruition as the next phase of the Sullivan County River Access Plan, an initiative which...
Trust Helps Farmers Clean Up Pequea Creek Watershed

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded Lancaster Farmland Trust a $383,744 grant to help farmers reduce pol...
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Honors Dr. Laurie Goodrich for her 30 years of Service

Dr. Laurie Goodrich was honored by her friends and colleagues with a surprise party earlier this month to honor her 30th annive...

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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
— Frank Lloyd Wright 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.

Land Conservation Law Forum 2014

The Land Conservation Law Forum is an advanced level program and discussion that contains four parts: (1) The nature of the conservation easement; (2) Legal considerations for amending grants of conservation easement; (3) Recent litigation concerning conservation easement objectives and restrictions; and (4) The public trust doctrine.

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.

DCNR Recruits Applicants for the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is accepting nominations through November 7, 2014 for eight appointments to the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee fulfills the federal requirements for the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program. This program provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Committee's main responsibilities include advising DCNR on the use of trail funding in Pennsylvania, reviewing and ranking trail project applications, and presenting an annual trails report to the DCNR Secretary.

Now Accepting 2015 Government Conservation Leadership Award Nominations

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) is now soliciting nominations to honor Pennsylvania municipalities and counties that have demonstrated leadership and success in the conservation of our special places and landscapes. Submit your nomination by February 7, 2015.

Accepting Conservation Lifetime Leadership Award Nominations

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is now accepting applications for the Conservation Lifetime Leadership Award, which will be presented May 2, 2014 at the 12th Annual Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference. Deadline for submitting nomination forms is January 10, 2014.

PA Land Trust Accomplishments of the Past Decade

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

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

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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!

Latest Land Trust Census Results

Download the latest issue of the ConserveLand Newsletter to see the results of PALTA's most recent biennial census that underscores the accomplishments of land trusts in Pennsyvania.  Also, find out what new resources are available. 

New Guidance on Riparian Buffer Protection at

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

$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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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The Land Conservancy of Adams County preserves Westbrook Farm

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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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