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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Building on a 75-Year Legacy of Land Conservation


Message From The President
Thomas D. Saunders

We live in an extraordinary place.

Western Pennsylvania’s magnificent centerpiece city is poised between two rivers converging into a third, in a setting of dramatic landscapes and hillsides. Our region is one of beautiful and resource-rich landscapes – many within a short drive, bicycle ride or even paddle from our urbanized areas.

What will the future of this region be? Will we become more “place-less,” more sprawling, a region with some protected natural areas but that loses the integrity of its landscape over time? Or will we be a place where our city and built communities stay healthy and attractive, where people invest in these already built places to keep revitalizing them, and where many individuals and organizations work together to protect our natural areas?
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