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

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, Pennsylvania

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, Pennsylvania

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, District of Columbia

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, California
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, Pennsylvania

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

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