WPC Opens New Juniata and Potomac Regional Office

Wed, Nov 5th 2008, 11:30. Filed under News Releases.

Hollidaysburg, Pa. – November 3, 2008 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has opened a new office in Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa., to lead the organization’s work in the Juniata and Potomac regions.

The new WPC office will manage land- and water-conservation projects that protect the valuable natural resources of this scenic part of Pennsylvania, which includes Bedford, Blair, Centre, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin, Snyder and Perry counties.

The Juniata and Potomac regions are home to picturesque ridges and mountains, as well as significant blocks of forestland. The area includes the Juniata River, a tributary to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the numerous tributary watersheds of the Potomac River. These watersheds sustain large numbers of globally rare plants and animals, and they provide drinking water and support farmlands.

“The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is committed to protecting exceptional natural areas, and the Juniata and Potomac regions are high priorities for us,” said Tom Saunders, WPC’s President and CEO. “We look forward to continuing our work in these regions to protect pristine lands and streams that provide clean water, sustain wildlife and support farmlands. A local office helps to facilitate the collaboration with local landowners, farmers and other partners that is so critical to our work.”

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has opened several regional offices in recent years. These offices work in partnership with local community members and grassroots conservation organizations to ensure that conservation outcomes safeguard high-priority natural resources and positively impact local communities. WPC regional offices now include:

  • Allegheny Regional Office in Ridgway, Pa.
  • Watershed Conservation Program in Blairsville, Pa.
  • Juniata and Potomac Regional Office in Hollisdaysburg, Pa.
  • Laurel Highlands Regional Office in Ligonier, Pa.

The Juniata and Potomac Regional Office is currently staffed by WPC Watershed Manager Jennifer Bennett and is located at:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Juniata and Potomac Regional Office
405 Allegheny Street
2nd Floor
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Phone: (814) 696-9356
Fax: (814) 696-9369

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.

Media contacts:

Stephanie Kraynick
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358

Jack Rowley
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2372


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.