Our Shared Legacy: WPC's First Comprehensive Campaign in its 81-Year History
Thu, Mar 14th 2013, 07:50. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh – March 14 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has had a hand in shaping the region. It has conserved hundreds of thousands of acres of natural lands, protected or restored thousands of miles of rivers and streams, established and maintained dozens of community gardens and green spaces and cared for the one-and-only Fallingwater.
Now, the Conservancy is seeking help to build on its past successes and to tackle the most ambitious goals it has ever attempted in its 81-year history. WPC aims to increase its ability to conserve the region’s most exceptional places and to leave a natural legacy for future generations.
Today, the Conservancy launched the public phase of its Our Shared Legacy campaign – the first comprehensive campaign in its history. The organization, which will mark the launch this afternoon with a reception at its headquarters on Pittsburgh’s Washington’s Landing, outlined its goals for the next decade. These priorities include:
• Conserving 50,000 acres of natural lands containing forests, ridges and valleys – lands of such significant conservation value that they merit and require protection;
• Restoring and protecting 1,500 miles of creeks and streams, to improve public health, enhance recreational opportunities and preserve habitat for fish and other wildlife;
• Connecting people to nature by planting 20,000 trees across the region and establishing endowment funding for community gardens; and
• Sustaining Fallingwater by making improvements to the site and building its endowment, carrying out the preservation required to maintain this iconic example of organic architecture and expanding on-site educational opportunities.
With the help of supporters, WPC seeks to raise $40 million to provide a significant portion of the funds needed to achieve these 10-year goals. The Conservancy has already raised $25 million, or more than 62 percent of its goal.
“We are all so fortunate to live in an extraordinary region with great natural resources, ecological significance and opportunities for recreation. And the Conservancy is fortunate to have the support of generous donors, volunteers and members,” said Thomas D. Saunders, WPC’s president and chief executive officer. “We have the opportunity to work together and save our most exceptional places – rivers, streams, forests, mountain ridges and farmland valleys – while we still can.”
WPC oversees gardens as far northwest as Erie County and as far east as Dauphin County. The organization is also the steward of Fallingwater – a globally recognized architectural icon. Of the total land protected by land trust organizations in Pennsylvania, nearly 50 percent has been conserved by WPC. With respect to the organization’s reach across the state, the Conservancy will also host campaign events in Erie, Pa., and State College, Pa. in April, with a finale event at Fallingwater in May.
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About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 233,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 135 community gardens and green spaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.