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



Targeting a leading pollution source in Pennsylvania

Pollution that cannot be traced back to a single origin is called non-point source pollution. At the turn of the 21st century, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection listed sediment, by volume, as the commonwealth's leading pollutant. During 2005, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy implemented a targeted approach to address sediment pollution in streams caused by agriculture. The WPC increased our outreach to farmers and agriculture operators to address conservation challenges associated with agriculture throughout the region.

By the end of 2005, WPC staff:

  • installed more than 80 miles of streambank fencing,
  • facilitated the use of more than 10,000 acres of seasonal cover crops on erosion-prone cropland,
  • planted hundreds of acres of warm season grasses to protect soil, and
  • aided landowners in finding conservation practices that work for both the environment and the landowner.

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is a government-funded agricultural program that rewards farmers for practicing conservation measures. The WPC first laid the groundwork for this program in 2002 by bringing together farm, environmental and sportsmen organizations, and then submitting the necessary paperwork. CREP is western Pennsylvania's largest agriculture conservation program and has the potential to restore and protect 65,000 acres of vital grassland habitat, streamside buffers, and wetlands all within Pennsylvania's Ohio River watershed. In 2005, the WPC provided outreach and technical support in an effort to get the word out to eligible farmers.

To date, the WPC has been instrumental in restoring more than 4,000 CREP-eligible acres of grassland and streamside habitat through CREP within priority conservation landscapes. The CREP initiative is another way the WPC is working with landowners and local leaders to ensure a conservation legacy on the landscape.


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