Given the demand for locally grown food and the rising costs of land, it is difficult for farmers, particularly new farmers, to find farmland close to urban markets. To address these needs, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Farmland Access Initiative is working to acquire several local farms that are suitable for diverse, small-scale agricultural operations and are easily accessible to the Pittsburgh market. Once properties are acquired, WPC will lease them to local farmers.
Attracting jobs…enhancing property values…saving billions in government costs. Numerous reports have shown that conserving open space in our communities is vital to protecting the economic and natural landscapes upon which we all rely.
WPC's Conservation Buyer Program connects potential conservation-minded real estate buyers with sellers. Our program offers properties that have conservation or recreational amenities to those who love nature, the outdoors, and activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.
Volunteers are critical to the success of WPC and play an important role in the protection and preservation of the land, water and life under our care. We appreciate any time you can contribute to our ongoing efforts.
The Colcom Revolving Fund for Local Land Trusts provides the region’s land trusts with short-term access to funds for critical land-conservation purchases. Conservancy staff members provide technical assistance to fund participants, as necessary, to help ensure successful project outcomes.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy owns and manages more than 12,000 acres of land, including Bear Run Nature Reserve in Fayette County, areas encompassing Lake Pleasant in Erie County, and portions of Sideling Hill Creek in Bedford and Fulton counties. These lands, and some on which we hold conservation easements (e.g., the 11,000-acre Crawford Reserve in Venango County) are open for public use and enjoyment.