Last updated: Fri Apr 18 13:33:48 +0000 2014

The Heinz Endowments Names Grant Oliphant President

Grant Oliphant was today named the new President of The Heinz Endowments, one of the nation’s leading family foundations....
Hawk Mountain hires Erin Brown as first full-time director of education in nearly two decades

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary welcomes Erin Brown as its first full-time Director of Education in nearly two decades. Brown will lead...
New PALTA Staff Member

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is pleased to welcome new staff member Gayle Diehl to our team. Gayle is joining us as ...
Brandywine Conservancy Plants 25,000th Tree

The Brandywine Conservancy’s Reforestation Campaign will achieve its five-year goal ahead of schedule when it plants its ...
A Conservation Hero Passes

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is saddened by the death of Dennis G. Collins, a leader in conservation here in Pennsyl...

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“Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals, for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.”
— Governor Gifford Pinchot

Pennsylvanians urged to complete online outdoor recreation survey - Spread the Word!

Spread the Word! State agencies are working with experts across the state to develop the next Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (2014-18), which will help to guide future recreation investments, policies and facilities.

Still time to register: 2014 PA Land Conservation Conference

May 1-3, 2014 -- Crowne Plaza (Reading)

Stellar seminars and workshops, exciting mobile workshops and field trips, plenty of networking opportunities, advanced roundtables, professional continuing education credits...the 2014 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference has it all. Register today to avoid late registration fees and to secure your desired seminars and field trips.

Still time to register: 2014 EAC Network Conference

May 3, 2014 -- Crowne Plaza (Reading)

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association is pleased to host, in conjunction with the 2014 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference, a training and networking program for Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) members and municipal officials. The EAC Network Conference will provide excellent networking and training opportunities and focus on a variety of important topics, including collaborating with municipal boards and committees, conservation referenda, energy, etc.

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.

Find the Green! A New Guide

The Growing Greener Coalition presents Finding the Green! A Guide to State Funding Opportunities for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation Projects. The purpose of this guide is to offer, in a single source, a thorough and accurate rundown of the state funding opportunities for conservation, preservation, and recreation projects throughout the commonwealth.

Exhibit at the 2014 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference

Access the largest assembly of land and water conservation professionals in Pennsylvania; experience a cost effective method to deliver your message to a targeted audience; take the opportunity to meet and network with representatives who share common concerns and interests; and present products, promote services, deliver your message, and build relationships. Special nonprofit rates available.

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.

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Act 13 Zoning Provisions

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down a portion of Act 13, the controversial 2012 update of the state's oil and gas law, findng that the law violated Article I Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (the environmental rights clause). The court ruled that the law can't force municipalities to zone to allow gas development activities that they determine would be harmful. The ruling also dealt with complaints that the law prevented doctors from following their duties to report medical findings.

$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.

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Help Connect Landowners to Potential Buyers of Conserved Properties

As a service to conservation organizations and landowners, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association manages "Conserved Real Estate for Sale", a web resource dedicated to marketing conserved properties. Land trusts and farmland preservation boards can download a flyer to share with landowners and real estate agents regarding this resource. 

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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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