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Family to Forestland

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taugh...
Property Once Slated for Development Now a Refuge

Natural Lands Trust’s Green Hills Preserve now open to the public Natural Lands Trust today announced that its 168-acres nature...
11 Easy Ways to Support Adams County Farmers—and Why You Should

by Chris Little, Communications Director at the Land Conservancy of Adams County. Drive out of Gettysburg in any direction and ...
Partnership forms, seeks funds to expand park

A partnership has been formed between Sewickley Heights Borough and Allegheny Land Trust to launch a campaign to purchase a 58-...
125 raptors and counting: Annual tally is underway

Starting next week, David Barber will provide us the weekly versus season totals, weather forecasts and flight predictions, but...

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“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
— Albert Einstein

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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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