Last updated: Fri May 22 18:55:09 +0000 2015

Land Trust & Borough Celebrate Closing on Sewickley Heights Park Expansion

On May 27, Allegheny Land Trust and Sewickley Heights Borough will hold a joint celebration to unveil a 58-acre property in Sew...
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Acquires More Than 17,000 Acres of Forestland in McKean County Largest land acquisition in the organization’s history

More than 17,000 acres of forestland and waterways in McKean County are now permanently conserved as intact working forest and ...
Girl Scouts Preserves 762 Acres of Camp for Future Generations

“I am thrilled that Camp Small Valley has been preserved so that generations of girls will be able to experience the fun and ch...
Forester Bob Webber – Another legend passes on

Ever hike the Bob Webber Trail ?  Remember the hiking staffs near the trailhead? Bob provided them for your convenience.  That ...
Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants

In the fall of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Berks Conservancy to p...

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“There is no greater risk to land values than unrestrained development.”
— Real Estate Research Corporation

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.

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.

Using Social Media to promote your Outdoor Recreation Programs

This webinar features communication professionals who will provide guidance and strategies for success in connecting with partners and your desired audience using social media. Hear from the experts on selecting the best site for you, managing time and being effective in your social media activity. Encourage greater participation in your programs today by registering for this webinar and learning the tricks of the trade in communication and promotion by social media!!  Register Today!

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

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 ConserveLand.org - 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 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!

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. 

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.

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Eleanor Morris' deepest commitment was to conserving open space. In 1967, she and her husband founded the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. The mission of the Trust was to preserve open space in the watersheds of the two creeks. It was among the first organizations in the nation to promote the preservation of open space through the use of conservation easements. 

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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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