Big or small, Pennsylvania land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 667,214 football fields!
Pennsylvania land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
106 years old (1916)
15 years old (2007)
32 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve Pennsylvania lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of Pennsylvania's most pressing issues.
Providing access to land for all: The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania offers a 1-acre nature play area, called DiscoverGround, on its Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve. Set among woodlands and a wildflower meadow, the play area features a sandpit, a tree house, a climbing trunk, tunnels and serpentine walls.Read more
Protecting land for future generations: The accredited Brandywine Conservancy commemorated the 241st anniversary of the American Revolutionary War Battle of Brandywine through its acquisition of a key piece of land within the heart of the historic battlefield in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The ceremony celebrated the purchase of a 13-acre parcel located on Birmingham Hill — the epicenter of the battlefield — which merges with an adjacent 100 acres previously acquired by the Conservancy in 2007.Read more
Addressing community needs: The accredited Western Pennsylvania Conservancy plants and maintains 130 community flower gardens in the Pittsburgh region that are both beautiful and important urban wildlife areas for birds and pollinators such as butterflies and bees.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.