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

2019 Grantees

Conservation

Delta Waterfowl Foundation

to hire a manager for the Waterfowl Hunter Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation Program

2019
$50,000
Bismarck, ND
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment made toward acquisition of land in Adirondack Park, New York, known as Three Rivers Forest headwaters

2019
$15,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

toward a partnership with Student Conservation Association to expand resources to get Girl Scouts outdoors and conduct a program impact assessment with the University of Washington

2019
$845,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Mountain Watershed Association, Inc.

toward two-year support of operations, restoration of Indian Creek and Jacobs watersheds, and strategic and succession planning

2019
$295,000
Melcroft, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Inc.

toward two-year support of advancing sustainable storm water management and strategic planning

2019
$375,000
Wilkinsburg, PA

Conservation

Susquehanna University

toward two-year support of the Freshwater Research Institute, including collaborative aquatic research and conservation in Pennsylvania watersheds, student scholarships, and capital improvements to enhance synergistic collaborations

2019
$950,000
Selinsgrove, PA

Conservation

Sustainable Pittsburgh

toward 18-month support of operations

2019
$200,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Women for a Healthy Environment

to assess and improve the group's communication plan to further a mission of creating healthy communities across the Pittsburgh region

2019
$25,000
Pittsburgh, PA