PA Land Trust Association: More Than 100,000 Pennsylvanians Contribute To PA Land Trusts

The PA Land Trust Association recently released its 2019 Biennial Census Report which highlights these accomplishments of land trusts in Pennsylvania between 2010 and 2019--

-- More than 100,000 Pennsylvanians contribute to land trusts;

-- On average, conserved 55 acres every day;

-- Conserved 201,800 acres of land (315 sq. mi. – roughly the size of Lehigh County);

-- 797,200 total acres conserved by land trusts in Pennsylvania;

-- 64 organizations own 121,107 acres, top 10 are: The Conservation Fund, Western PA Conservancy, Natural Lands, The Nature Conservancy-PA, Lancaster Conservancy, Earth Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Allegheny Land Trust;

-- 65 organizations own conservation easements on 275,694 acres, top 10 are: Western PA Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy-PA, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Natural Lands, Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County, Land Conservancy of Adams County, North Branch Land Trust, Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Berks Nature.

-- Expanded the lands they have conserved by 34 percent;

-- Increased their acreage protected with perpetual conservation easements by 38 percent;

-- Increased their acreage owned by 51 percent;

-- Increased by 27 percent the land transferred to governments for parks, game lands, and other public conservation purposes; and

-- 84  land trusts have completed conservation real estate transactions in Pennsylvania.

Click Here for the full reportClick Here to find your local land trust.

For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the PA Land Trust Association website, Click Here to sign up for regular updates from PLTA, Like them on Facebook, and Follow them on TwitterClick Here to support their work.

Save the Date: PA Land Conservation Conference March 24-26 in Gettysburg.

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[Posted: July 21, 2020]


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