Conservation

Safeguarding Our Precious Natural Resources

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To ensure greater impact from its investments, the Foundation produced a well-defined set of conservation priorities that include 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.

2016
$19,652,357
Grants and PRIs Approved
26
Total Grants and PRIs

2016 Grantees

Conservation

Allegheny Land Trust

Toward two-year support of land conservation in Allegheny County

2016
$225,000
Sewickley, PA

Conservation

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum

Toward support of conservation initiatives

2016
$100,000
Chadds Ford, PA

Conservation

Carnegie Institute

Toward two-year support to implement a series of research projects focused on the Appalachian ecosystem, to incorporate emerging technologies as tools for research and education, and to enhance the profile of Powdermill as the premier research center in the Appalachians

2016
$700,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

City of Pittsburgh

Toward two-year support of a collaborative effort with Student Conservation Association to add a seasonal park ranger team

2016
$700,000
Pittsburgh, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

County of Allegheny

Toward two-year support of a collaborative effort with Student Conservation Association to increase the seasonal park ranger team

2016
$700,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania

Toward two-year support to restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat on agricultural and forest lands in western Pennsylvania in the eleven priority landscapes that have been identified by the Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

2016
$700,000
California, PA

Conservation

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

To improve water quality within western Pennsylvania’s watersheds in the eleven priority landscapes that have been identified by the Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

2016
$375,000
Alexandria, PA

Conservation

Grow Pittsburgh

Toward two-year support to expand the Edible Schoolyard program to 50 underserved Pittsburgh public schools and communities by 2020

2016
$500,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Loyalhanna Watershed Association, Inc.

Toward two-year support of operations ($100,000) and to build a shared storage facility ($500,000)

2016
$600,000
Ligonier, PA

Conservation

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Toward acquisition of property, known as Rocky Lake, in Washington County, ME

2016
$250,000
Topsham, ME
Featured Grantee

Conservation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Toward two-year support to survey unassessed coldwater streams in Pennsylvania to determine if they house trout or other important or threatened species, and toward developing conservation plans for each of the eleven landscapes in western Pennsylvania that are conservation priority areas for the Richard King Mellon Foundation

2016
$500,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Inc.

Toward two-year support of land and water conservation efforts in western Pennsylvania

2016
$550,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Resources Council, Inc.

Toward three-year support of a collaboration among five conservation nonprofits to share financial services

2016
$250,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania State University Philanthropic Fund

Toward development of new tools to enhance the identification and outreach to landowners likely to install riparian buffers

2016
$25,000
University Park, PA

Conservation

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation

Toward production of a radio series to cover issues regarding habitat, conservation, and energy development in Pennsylvania

2016
$75,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

Toward support of the acquisition and merger of RiverQuest

2016
$250,000
Homestead, PA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

Toward purchase of property in Appling, Bryan, Bulloch, and Jeff Davis counties, Georgia

2016
$1,000,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

Toward purchase of property in Appling, Bryan, Bulloch, and Jeff Davis counties, Georgia

2016
$2,000,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

A program-related investment toward purchase of property in Appling, Bryan, Bulloch, and Jeff Davis counties, GA

2016
$4,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

The Pennsylvania State University

Toward expenses associated with the Private Forest Landowners Conference

2016
$5,000
University Park, PA

Conservation

Trout Unlimited

Toward two-year support of watershed restoration in the West Branch Susquehanna River basin and to begin a new focus on conservation priority areas identified by the Richard King Mellon Foundation

2016
$625,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Toward two-year support of land and watershed protection programs, operations, Treevitalize, and habitat and water quality monitoring; purchase of the Younkin property in Fayette County and the Penn Scenic View property in Somerset County; purchase of conservation easements on properties in Somerset and Beaver counties; purchase of property in the City of Pittsburgh for creation of Hays Park; and due diligence efforts to explore acquisition of conservation easements on four properties owned by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

2016
$5,494,357
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Women for a Healthy Environment

Toward support of strategic planning efforts

2016
$28,000
Pittsburgh, PA

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