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ClearWater Conservancy accepting applications for outdoor education grants until February 20

Educators at schools throughout Centre County can now apply for a grant that will provide a day of outdoor education for studen...
Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in the Philadelphia area

In the Spring of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Friends of the Wissa...
Allegheny Land Trust Closes on Fifth Property of the Year

On December 31, 2014, Allegheny Land Trust (ALT) closed on the 8.5-acre Fairhill Recreation Association project in Sewickley, m...
Landowner preserves farm in tribute to departed husband

Jeff and Beulah Hartlaub met when they were 16 and married right out of high school. They raised their three daughters, Sherry,...
Mid-State Trail Founder Dies

Tom Thwaites died Christmas Day.  Cause of death was likely heart failure, since he had endured arterial  fibrillation for over...

Quote of the Day

“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
— Richard Feynman

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.

ConserveLand.org Design & Development RFP

PALTA would like to modernize ConserveLand.org’s look and feel while maintaining certain functionalities and improving on the ease of administration.  PALTA is seeking to migrate ConserveLand.org to a WordPress platform as well.

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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. 

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, 2015.

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.

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!

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. 

Post your next job opening on the ConserveLand Jobs Board!

Post your job opening at ConserveLand.org - it is easy and free!

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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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