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

2017 Grantees

Conservation

Air & Waste Management Association

toward scholarships for students to attend the 110th Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017 to be held in Pittsburgh in June 5-8, 2017

2017
$10,000
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Conservation

Allegheny County Parks Foundation

toward two-year support of operations

2017
$400,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

American Rivers

toward two-year support of river restoration in 11 key landscapes in western Pennsylvania and Georgia's Flint River

2017
$650,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

toward three-year support to improve water quality of Pennsylvania's rivers and streams by reducing agricultural nutrient and sediment pollution

2017
$1,000,000
Annapolis, MD
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

a program-related investment toward purchase of property in Tennessee

2017
$13,500,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

toward three-year support of operations

2017
$900,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

toward purchase of property in Tennessee

2017
$1,500,000
Arlington, VA
Featured Grantee

Conservation

The Conservation Fund

as a program-related investment toward purchase of property located in New York, Vermont, and Massachusetts

2017
$10,000,000
Arlington, VA

Conservation

Hollow Oak Land Trust

to partner with Trail Pittsburgh to link parks, conservation areas, and other greenspaces within a network of recreational trails and wildlife corridors

2017
$25,000
Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Conservation

Mountain Watershed Association, Inc.

toward two-year support of restoration efforts in Indian Creek and Jacob's Creek watersheds and to provide energy updates to the office building

2017
$275,000
Melcroft, PA

Conservation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

toward restoration of forest and freshwater habitats in the Pennsylvania portion of the Central Appalachian-Allegheny Plateau region

2017
$600,000
Washington, DC

Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

toward support to reduce the impacts of energy infrastructure development in western Pennsylvania and the central Appalachian region, and to enable more Pennsylvania forest owners to access forest certification, timber markets, and forest carbon markets through the Working Woodlands program

2017
$200,000
Harrisburg, PA

Conservation

Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Inc.

toward two-year support of restoration efforts of Nine Mile Run Watershed and to offer expertise to regional organizations

2017
$375,000
Wilkinsburg, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

toward educational opportunities for western Pennsylvania conservation leaders

2017
$10,000
Harrisburg, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

to prepare a white paper that will describe the history, current and future needs, and the impacts of investments in park and forest infrastructure

2017
$10,000
Camp Hill, PA

Conservation

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

toward support of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps summer program

2017
$80,000
Camp Hill, PA

Conservation

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation

toward production of a radio series to cover issues regarding habitat, restoration and conservation in western Pennsylvania

2017
$65,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

Ruffed Grouse Society

to implement early successional habitat management plans, automate four major business processes; leverage GIS technology data; and conduct a national search for a CEO and achieve methodical transition

2017
$475,000

Conservation

Society of Environmental Journalists

toward scholarships associated with the 27th Annual Conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists held in Pittsburgh in October 2017

2017
$25,000
Jenkinstown, Pennsylvania

Conservation

Sustainable Pittsburgh

toward two-year support of Sustainable Pittsburgh Campaign

2017
400,000
Pittsburgh, PA

Conservation

West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.

toward two-year support to promote hunting heritage teaching and outdoor activities

2017
$35,000
Morgantown, West Virginia
Featured Grantee

Conservation

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

toward three-year support of the French Creek Collaborative and toward a land conservation fund for work in that watershed

2017
$725,000
Pittsburgh, PA

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