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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


To protect and restore the regions land and water, create gardens and green spaces and preserve Fallingwater.

Programs and Services

  • WPC's Watershed Conservation Program is dedicated to watershed conservation issues and to providing a full range of services to the community. WPC participates in a wide range of grass roots efforts including watershed conservation plans, watershed restoration projects, water quality monitoring, bathymetry initiatives, water trail mapping, algae studies and many other activities. Recently, WPC has completed several projects in Washington County.
  • Through the Community Gardens and Greenspace program, WPC makes neighborhoods healthier and more attractive through flower and vegetable gardens and other greening projects. Each year, WPC partners with more than 10,000 volunteers to plant and maintain 130 gardens in 20 Western Pennsylvania counties. Through WPC's Community Forestry program, we have planted more than 34,000 street trees in urban areas with sparse tree cover. WPC creates formal plans to help public leaders green communities.
  • The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP) inventories important plants, animals and natural communities across PA. It is a partnership of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, WPC, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Data on rare plant and animal species and habitats are collected by PNHP staff and is used by state and federal agencies for environmental review and also by planning agencies for land-use planning and protection.
  • The exceptional landscapes of Western Pennsylvania range from high plateaus and mountain ridges to vast forests and rich river valleys. These lands and waterways provide bountiful recreational opportunities, support local economies and also sustain native plants, animals and ecosystems that, in some cases, are found nowhere else on earth. To date, WPC has conserved more than 255, 000 acres in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Voted the most important building of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright's masterwork. The "house over the waterfall" was entrusted to the Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann jr. in 1963. As a symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater offers a wide variety of educational programs for students of all ages and adults and welcomes more than 160,000 people each year through the public tour program.

Primary Revenue Sources

Contributions and Grants

2017 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1053485
Net Assets$95,409,201


Name:Julie Holmes
Title:Director of Development
Address:800 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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