Investment Area: Habitat Conservation
Over 75 years the Richard King Mellon Foundation has committed approximately $1 billion to conserve and restore critical habitats in Pennsylvania and nationally, to promote sustainable economic development, and to create livable communities. In the process, the Foundation has protected more than four million acres of precious lands across the country and has helped to make Pittsburgh an internationally recognized center for sustainability. The new strategic plan builds on and extends this history of thoughtful environmental stewardship, while also supporting efforts to activate those conserved lands to promote sustainable rural economic development.
The Foundation supports the protection and enhancement of biodiversity by conserving landscapes in the United States through purchase of land or the use of conservation easements. It accomplishes this through the use of grants and program related investments, which allow the Foundation to engage in large-scale projects. The focus is on large landscapes usually of 1,000 acres or more, often greater than 5,000 acres.