Policy Positions

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy develops policy positions with care and strategic forethought. The guidance document below provides an overview of the principles, considerations and approaches that inform WPC’s policy work.

Protecting Ecological Resources Threatened by Land Development (December 2012)

The following are examples of some of the issues that can have significant impact on WPC's land and water conservation objectives.
 

Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania

Over the last several years, Western Pennsylvania has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of exploration and extraction of natural gas. To address this increased activity, the Conservancy has responded by developing a public policy statement, taking a leadership role in disseminating information, and offering guidelines for addressing conservation concerns related to natural gas exploration and extraction.

You can download our Oil, Gas and Minerals Policy Statement  (last updated February 2015).  Landowners facing this issue can view our "Conservation Guidance for Landowners on Natural Gas Development" (last updated June 2010).

Wind Energy

WPC supports the development of renewable energy sources, including wind, in suitable locations of Pennsylvania. To ensure the long-term viability of Pennsylvania's native plants, animals and habitats, WPC supports and encourages the use of the best available scientific data to guide development. View our Wind Energy Policy Statement (last updated September 2014).

Farm Bill

Federal agriculture legislation includes sizable investments in conservation and forestry. You can read Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's most recent farm bill policy statement online.