The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects, conserves and restores land and water for the diversity of the region's plants, animals and their ecosystems.

Through science-based strategies, collaboration, leadership and recognition of the relationship between humankind and nature, WPC achieves tangible conservation outcomes for present and future generations.

A message from WPC Board Chairman E. Michael Boyle

A message from WPC President
and CEO Dennis McGrath

Establishing a conservation plan for Bear Run Nature Reserve

Targeting a leading pollution source in Pennsylvania

Prioritizing conservation measures in 57 counties

Establishing forestland protection measures

Celebrating and protecting Fallingwater and its setting

Exploring the natural possibilities of Mount Washington

2005 Financial Summary

Thanks to our benefactors



Prioritizing conservation measures in 57 counties

County Natural Heritage Inventory is a systematic study of the biological resources of a county. It includes plants, animals, natural communities and habitats that are important to these living resources.

The first round of County Inventories moved closer to completion in 2005, with 57 out of 67 counties in the state completed or ongoing. There will always be the need to know more, track what we do know, and provide detailed information to help with management decisions. That is the role of the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, in which the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a primary partner.

The information from County Inventory studies has been used to help plan for the conservation of biodiversity in the state. Whether used in county comprehensive planning, in regional greenway planning or for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Conservation Blueprint, the areas identified and prioritized in County Inventory reports give planners an essential layer of information that can be directly mapped and integrated into their plans.


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