Ensuring Environmental Protection for Today and Tomorrow
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.