More than 2,000 to Attend National Land Trust Conference in Pittsburgh
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008, 16:17. Filed under News Releases.
Pittsburgh, PA – September 2, 2008 – The National Land Conservation Conference, the largest land conservation training and networking event in America, is coming to Pittsburgh September 18-22. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is pleased to be among the host organizations for this event, known as Rally 2008, which will bring more than 2,000 land trust professionals, landowners and conservation leaders to our region.
The theme for the conference, the 8th annual Rally of The Land Trust Alliance (LTA), is "Bridging Our Past — Connecting Our Future." The event includes more than 130 workshops featuring emerging trends in conservation, 36 in-depth seminars and 12 field trips including a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. For more information about Rally 2008, visit www.lta.org.
About the Land Trust Alliance
The Alliance is a national conservation group that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation throughout America. It works to increase the pace and quality of conservation by advocating favorable tax policies, training land trusts in best practices, and working to ensure the permanence of conservation in the face of continuing threats. 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the Alliance, and during this time its members have permanently conserved more than 36 million acres across the country.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
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 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.