Conservation

Ensuring Environmental Protection for Today and Tomorrow

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Seventy years ago, the Foundation made its first conservation-related grants to the World Wildlife Fund, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wildlife Federation. Since then, protecting the nation’s land, water, and natural habitats has been a mainstay of its philanthropic endeavors.

To ensure greater impact from its investments, the Foundation produced a well-defined set of conservation priorities that includes national, regional, and local goals. At the national level, the Foundation will work with its long-standing conservation partners to protect 250,000 acres of habitat, while at the regional level the Foundation is collaborating with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and others in 11 focal areas in western Pennsylvania to protect and restore terrestrial and aquatic habitat for key indicator species such as the Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Eastern Brook Trout, and Eastern Hellbender. Locally, the Foundation will continue to support efforts to create trails, enhance public parks, and install green infrastructure to mitigate storm water flows to improve water quality.

2017
$43,155,000
Grants and PRIs Approved
30
Total Grants and PRIs

2018 Grantees

Conservation

American Chestnut Foundation

to restore 1,500 chestnut trees to the Flight 93 National Memorial and 10,000 trees in six focal geographies identified by the Richard King Mellon Foundation

2018
$100,000
Asheville, NC
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment toward the purchase of property, known as Plum Grove, located in southern New York and northwestern Pennsylvania

2018
$8,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

toward a partnership with the Student Conservation Association that will increase the number of girls who are confident outdoor citizens and environmental stewards

2018
$766,500
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Natural Areas Association

toward costs associated with sending Pennsylvania natural areas managers to the 2019 Natural Areas Conference in Pittsburgh and to publish a special Pennsylvania issue of the Natural Areas Journal

2018
$35,000
Ligonier, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Federation of Sportmen's Clubs Endowment Foundation

to hire an outside consultant to review the organizational structure of Pennsylvania Federation of Sportmen's Clubs

2018
$50,000
Harrisburg, PA

Conservation

Scenic America

to develop a pilot with Scenic Pittsburgh that will promote affiliate sustainability, create a scalable affiliate model, and develop a joint communication strategy and web presence

2018
$90,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

Trust for Public Land

toward two-year support to manage and update the Western Pennsylvania Business Plan for Restoration of Healthy Forests and Freshwater Habitat Analysis, the website, and project decision support tool

2018
$20,000
San Francisco, CA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

to implement Pittsburgh's Street Tree Management Plan; to purchase and protect several properties in the Laurel Highlands; and advance the Western Business Plan for Restoration of Forests and Freshwater Habitats

2018
$1,750,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Wildlife Leadership Academy

toward two-year support of the Wildlife Leadership Academy

2018
$125,000
Lewisburg, PA

Conservation

Wildlife Management Institute, Inc.

to increase young forest habitat in regional focal geographic areas of the Foundation's conservation business plan

2018
$50,000
Gardners, PA

Conservation

U.S. Water Alliance

to support a Pittsburgh Water Leaders Delegation at the 2018 Water Summit in Minneapolis, MN in July 2018

2018
$10,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

Allegheny Land Trust

toward two-year support of land conservation in Allegheny County

2018
$220,000
Sewickley, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

toward purchase of property in the Pennsylvania Wilds

2018
$20,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Flint RiverQuarium

toward capital improvements related to life safety systems, equipment replacement, and energy efficient upgrades

2018
$275,000
Albany, GA

Conservation

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

toward stream assessments within the eleven priority landscapes in western Pennsylvania

2018
$125,000
Alexandria, PA

Conservation

Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest

toward two-year support of operations and expansion of the municipal technical assistance program

2018
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

toward three-year support of restoration projects in the eleven focal geographies to achieve the forest and freshwater habitat and species goals detailed in the Western Pennsylvania Restoration/Business Plan

2018
$850,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Inc.

toward two-year support of land and water conservation efforts in western Pennsylvania and to revitalize the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers

2018
$650,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

toward support of the Outdoor Corps and a Conservation Landscapes Program evaluation

2018
$240,000
Camp Hill, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation

toward production of a radio series covering issues regarding native species, habitat restoration, and conservation in western Pennsylvania

2018
$65,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Regional Trail Corporation

toward two-year support to document the history of the building of the Great Allegheny Passage and the purchase of excavator attachments for trail maintenance

2018
$57,000
West Newton, PA

Conservation

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

to support the integration of the Explorer riverboat and its educational programming into the organization

2018
$250,000
Homestead, PA

Conservation

Trout Unlimited

toward two-year support of planning, implementation, and technical services to reconnect and restore coldwater habitat across western Pennsylvania focal geographies, and updating data on Eastern Brook Trout habitat in key landscapes

2018
$635,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

toward acquisition, protection, and restoration of property in the Loyalhanna watershed to improve water quality and the corridor along Route 30

2018
$615,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania State University Philanthropic Fund

toward expenses associated with the Private Forest Landowners Conference

2018
$5,000
University Park, PA

Conservation

Westmoreland Cleanways

to develop a strategic plan for the design and construction of a regional recycling center

2018
$10,000
Latrobe, PA