WPC Offers Free Workshop, “Understanding Land Preservation and Conservation Easements”

Thu, Mar 13th 2008, 13:19. Filed under News Releases.

Blairsville, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is offering a comprehensive workshop for landowners and WPC conservation partners, “Understanding Land Preservation and Conservation Easements,” on two occasions. Attendees will learn about the critical role of conservation easements in permanently protecting land. They also will learn how easements are developed and held, and how to work with a land trust to protect the conservation value of their property.

“Land preservation and conservation easements are topics many people have heard about, but have had little opportunity to learn about. This workshop offers the opportunity to learn about these topics and ask questions about how they are applicable in specific situations,” said Nick Pinizzotto, Senior Director, Watershed Conservation.

The workshops, which will be led by WPC staff experts in water and land conservation, are planned for:

  • Tuesday, April 22 at the Mercer County Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 463 North Perry Hwy, Mercer, PA 16137 (just north of Mercer on Route 19).
  • Tuesday, April 29 in Indiana County at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana, at 2199 Oakland Ave, Indiana, PA 15701.

    Registration for both dates opens at 6:30 p.m. with the workshops starting at 7 p.m. and ending by 8:30 p.m.

All landowners seeking a means to protect their land, as well as WPC partners whose conservation objectives include protecting and restoring the environment, are encouraged to attend. The workshops are free and open to the public; however, space is limited. All attendees will receive preservation literature, and have the opportunity to speak directly with the presenters.

If possible, please RSVP at least one week prior to the event date to Mike Holiday at (724) 459-0953 x 110 or mholiday@paconserve.org.

Funding for this event was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Growing Greener Grant Program.


About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 75th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats. 

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.