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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Mission

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.

Programs and Services

  • Since its inception in 1932, WPC has protected more than 255,000 acres of land, saving habitats for a diversity of life and uses. WPC works to secure lands of ecological significance that frequently offer recreational and scenic values. WPC has helped establish ten state parks, including Ohiopyle, Laurel Ridge, McConnells Mill, Moraine and Erie Bluffs. In addition, WPC played a role in the creation of four other state parks and created the 300-acre Wildflower Reserve at Raccoon Creek State Park.
  • WPC's watershed conservation program addresses watershed conservation issues through monitoring and assessment and on-the-ground restoration projects such as stream restoration and habitat improvement, riparian buffer plantings, and abandoned mine drainage remediation. WPC also provides technical assistance to landowners and local watershed organizations. WPC has collaborated with Washington County watershed groups to protect water quality in the Buffalo Creek and Dutch Fork watersheds.
  • WPC's gardens and greenspace program works with 12,000 volunteers in 20 counties to plant and care for 130 flower gardens annually, including Mayor’s Park at Rt. 18 and Jefferson Avenue in Washington, Pa. Since 2008, WPC has coordinated the planting of more than 30,000 trees in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities, providing a myriad of benefits for local residents. WPC works with communities to implement greening strategies of all types including green infrastructure to capture stormwater.
  • Recognized as Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork, Fallingwater and nearly 500 surrounding acres were entrusted to the Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann jr. in 1963. In 2016, more than 175,000 people visited the house and grounds of Fallingwater, including 8,000 school children. Fallingwater offers a wide variety of educational programs for students of all ages and adults. The Bear Run Nature Reserve surrounding Fallingwater, expanded over the years by WPC, now encompasses more than 5,000 acres.
  • The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) inventories important plants, animals and natural communities across the state in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Data on rare plant and animal species and habitats is collected by PNHP staff and used by state and federal natural resource agencies for environmental review and also by planning agencies for land-use planning and protection.

Primary Revenue Sources

Foundations and Individuals

2015 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1053485
Revenue$18,748,984
Expenses$18,920,197
Net Assets$85,985,328

Contact

Name:Julie Holmes
Title:Director of Development
Email:jholmes@paconserve.org
Website: www.waterlandlife.org
Phone:412-288-2777
Address:800 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


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