Protecting Land

Donald Hamer: In Memoriam

WPC is saddened by the loss of Donald W. Hamer, a philanthropic leader in the region and a longtime friend of the Conservancy, who passed away on July 12. His legacy will endure through his generosity to WPC to help conserve land near State College, Pa. and throughout Western Pennsylvania. Read more about Mr. Hamer.


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.

The Conservation Buyer Program

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.

Colcom Revolving Fund for Local Land Trusts

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.

Visit Our Properties

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.

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