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Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in Chester and Bucks Counties

In the Fall of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with The Land Conservancy f...
ClearWater Conservancy Announces Resignation of Executive Director

The board of directors of ClearWater Conservancy has accepted the resignation of long-time executive director Jennifer Shuey, e...
2,164 children headed to Millbrook Marsh Nature Center through ClearWater Conservancy’s Spring 2015 ‘Connections’ Program

ClearWater Conservancy awarded $16,632 in funding through its “Connections” program for 2,164 students from 16 area public and ...
Daniel A. Devlin, PA State Forester and Director of the Bureau of Forestry will Deliver Keynote at Upper Delaware Council’s Event

Daniel A. Devlin, the Pennsylvania State Forester and Director of the Bureau of Forestry, will serve as keynote speaker at the ...
DCNR Bureau of Recreation & Conservation Reorganization

Bureau reorganization focuses on public needs, program areas As DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation girds for a new ro...

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“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 ConservationTools.org and provide comments to PALTA no later than April 20. With your review, you can help PALTA create the most useful models possible.

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Register Today: Webinar on Inclusive & Adaptive Recreation Programs

Expanding Your Reach: Offering Inclusive & Adaptive Outdoor Recreation Programs
Friday, March 27th |  1:00 - 2:00pm
Put the person first in service, programs and attitudes”. Inclusive recreation activities are held when individuals, with or without disabilities, participate together. This webinar features adaptive recreation professionals and practitioners who will provide guidance on getting started with adaptive recreation, strategies for success and connecting with partners and desired audience. Begin now in making your programs inclusive by registering for this webinar!

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 ConservationTools.org or access the text-only edition

Post your next job opening on the ConserveLand Jobs Board!

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Join the League of Women Voters in Honoring Franklin L. Kury

The League of Women's Voters will honor former Senator Franklin L. Kury and author of the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution with the Civic Leadership Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, April 7 during the reception from 5-9 pm at the Colonial Ridge Country Club.

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. 

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. 

ConservationTools.org Honored with Statewide Award

ConservationTools.org, 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.

Market Conserved Real Estate at ConserveLand.org

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!

PA Land Trust Accomplishments of the Past Decade

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

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. 

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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.

Artist and conservationist, George A. “Frolic” Weymouth has had a tremendous impact on land preservation, cultural and historic resources, and American art. In 1967, he persuaded friends, F.I. du Pont and William Prickett, to help him buy two parcels of land along the Brandywine that were proposed for industrial development. This purchase led to the founding of what is known today as the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art (originally named the Tri-County Conservancy). Weymouth became the Chairman of the Board of that new organization, a title he still holds today.

Just two years after the organization’s founding, Weymouth donated the first conservation easement to the Conservancy to permanently protect his property, The Big Bend, from future development. Surrounded by the Brandywine Creek on three sides, the property is just inside Pennsylvania at the northern Delaware border and includes a large stone house, a portion of which was built in 1640 by Swedish settlers. That donation inspired the Hon. Harry G. Haskell Jr., Ford B. Draper, and Jamie Wyeth to similarly protect their properties. Together, these four easements permanently protect almost 340 acres and 5 1/2 miles along the Brandywine Creek.

A trailblazer, Weymouth has advocated and tirelessly raised funds for water and land preservation for nearly five decades. In 1984, he initiated the task of preserving more than 5,300 acres of land near Unionville, Pennsylvania, known as the Buck and Doe Run Valley Farm, part of the renowned King Ranch of Texas. Rumored buyers included a nuclear power plant, a real estate developer and, even, Disney.

Weymouth continues to promote the preservation of the Brandywine Valley’s natural, historic and artistic heritage. For him, the significant connection between land and water is paramount. The positive impact he has had on our region’s landscape is undeniable and, thankfully, permanent.

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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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