The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envisions future generations enjoying—undiminished—Pennsylvania’s natural areas and open spaces. The Association envisions communities having deep connections with their urban, suburban, and rural lands. The Association envisions people recognizing the health, safety, recreational, economic, and other benefits delivered by land conservation.
PALTA’s Mission Statement
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association helps people conserve the lands needed for healthy, prosperous, and secure communities—the forests, farms, parks, urban gardens and other green places that safeguard our drinking water, prevent flooding, protect wildlife, provide recreational and economic opportunities, and preserve scenic beauty and community treasures. The Association accomplishes this by helping nonprofits and local governments improve their effectiveness and efficiency in acquiring and stewarding land and easements, advancing sustainable land use practices, and connecting people to the outdoors. The Association also fosters public understanding of conservation, advocates for sound governmental policy, and leads state and national endeavors to achieve far-reaching advancements in conservation.
- 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.
- Improve land use planning and advance sustainable development practices.
- Raise public understanding and support for conservation.
- Align public policy with conservation goals.
- Build tools that facilitate the achievement of excellence in the execution of effective and efficient conservation acquisitions, land stewardship, land use planning, and organizational operations and service delivery.
- Train, deliver technical assistance, inspire, and foster stronger communications and relationships with and amongst organizations and the practitioners who serve them.
- Change and improve the systems in which conservationists operate to achieve better conservation outcomes and improve quality of life.
- Advocate for better public policies impacting land conservation and water resource protection.