Conservation

PROBLEM STATEMENT

In Western Pennsylvania and across the nation, important habitats are imperiled, threatening biodiversity and undermining people’s quality of life.

VISION

Wildlife flourishes and people thrive in those once-imperiled habitats, through strategic land protection, stewardship, and activation, and sustainable economic development that deploys renewable energy and new technologies that foster livable communities and healthy natural systems.

INVESTMENT AREAS

Habitat Conservation

  • Protecting large landscapes with high biodiversity​
  • Conserving forests, estuaries, coastal area, and other critical ecosystems

Stewardship

  • Connecting habitats with high biodiversity​
  • Enhancing ecosystems
  • Fostering collaboration with regional, national, and international partners

Activation

  • Building strong rural economies in areas adjacent to conserved land
  • Promoting sustainable use of natural resources to improve quality of life
  • Broadening the conservation movement

Sustainable Communities

  • Fostering the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable use of natural resources​
  • Advancing novel sustainable technologies 
  • Improving environmental factors that affect people’s quality of life

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Since 1947, the Richard King Mellon Foundation has invested in the future of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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