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“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
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PALTA's Vision

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envisions a Pennsylvania where people know that their treasured green places will endure. We envision a Commonwealth where the lands that guarantee our water quality are safeguarded; where outdoor recreation opportunities abound; where our productive farmlands and forests are conserved, securing our food and wood supplies; and where natural areas are protected.  We envision future generations enjoying the beauty, the water, the productive lands and wildlife we enjoy today.

PALTA's Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania’s special places—the farms, forests, parks and other green spaces that people love—the places that help to ensure healthy, prosperous and secure communities. To increase the pace and improve the quality of land conservation work, PALTA helps land trusts and other conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, builds public understanding, and advocates for better governmental policy. 

PALTA's Goals

  • Increase the pace of land conservation.
  • Improve the quality and efficiency of land conservation work.
  • Ensure that land conservation is lasting.
  • Build strong conservation organizations.
  • Raise public understanding and support for conservation.

PALTA’s Strategies

  1. Help land trusts and governments, as well as others seeking to conserve land, achieve excellence and efficiency in their conservation work.
  2. Raise understanding and advocate for better public policies impacting land and water conservation.

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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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