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Sandy Long Named Artist in Residence

Shenandoah National Park announced Pennsylvania-based photographer Sandy Long as the artist selected for the Park’s inaug...
Boyer’s Nursery preserves 900-acre family farm in Franklin Township

For a long time, the Lower family has dreamed of preserving their “Home Farm” for future generations. The Lowers own Boyer Nurs...
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 ...

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“Destroying a rainforest for economic gain is like burning a renaissance painting to cook a meal.”
— Edward O. Wilson

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.

FREE WEBINAR: Humans were never meant to hibernate... Outdoor Programs for the Winter Season

The webinar will cover all aspects of adding a winter program, including how winter events can enhance your programming; best practices for developing and modifying activities for the cold season; strategies for engaging key partners and everything else you need to know to make your program successful. Your organization may also consider participating in Winter Trails Day and our next 'GO Day'.

FREE Half-Day Conservation Acquisition Seminar for Western PA Land Trusts

Half-day seminar to focus on land conservation acquisitions, including fee and easements. This seminar is FREE to western PA conservation organizations thanks to generous support from the Colcom Foundation.

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, 2014.

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

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!

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 ConservationTools.org

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.

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. 

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.

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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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