Public Policy

Public Policy - Capitol BuildingThe Western Pennsylvania Conservancy engages on a variety of public policy issues that support or impact our mission. We take a collaborative and strategic approach to public policy by working with our partners to achieve the best possible outcomes for conservation.

Issues and Positions

The Farm Bill

The nation's agricultural policy legislation is also the largest source of investment in conservation in the country.

Abandoned Mine Lands

Pennsylvania's mining legacy has created a $15 billion cleanup challenge that will require an enormous effort to fix.

Energy Policy

Natural gas development and wind energy are major factors on conservation policy in Pennsylvania.

Public Funding for Conservation

A variety of state and federal programs support WPC’s programs and mission. These programs include Growing Greener, Keystone Fund, State Wildlife Grants, and others.

Charitable Tax Policy

Tax policy affects land and other donations to organizations such as WPC.