Energy Impact Research

In 2013, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy initiated an ecological assessment of areas of high conservation value that would likely be impacted by activities associated with natural gas development and production. This two-year effort produced a baseline assessment of target sites within 35 high-value ecological areas in 26 counties.

Status Assessment and Monitoring
Here’s more information on how we evaluated the condition of areas critical to the conservation of Pennsylvania’s rare plants and animals to create and collect baseline data to monitor impacts of shale gas development.

The Conservancy conducted this assessment with financial support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and individual donors, Bob Jennings and Barbara Bott.

Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment
In 2010, WPC scientists collaborated with The Nature Conservancy and Audubon Pennsylvania to model the potential impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas and wind development in Pennsylvania.

Collaboration
The Conservancy is not the only organization monitoring impacts of shale gas development in the region. In all aspects of our projects, we have reached out and partnered with local watershed organizations, other land trusts and conservation organizations, conservation districts, university researchers and state agencies to coordinate activities, share data and apply the results of the research to meaningful conservation activities.