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ConservationTools.org is managed by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and made possible by the many organizations (credited throughout the website) that have provided content and financially supported the endeavor.

Who is the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association?

Eighty of Pennsylvania's most active conservation organizations count themselves as dues-paying members of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. These organizations elect the Board and set PALTA's purposes. The organizations in turn count 100,000 Pennsylvanians as members and contributors.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association was created by land trust volunteers and staff who recognized the need for an association that can focus on the broad needs of the conservation movement—to take on activities that no one organization could effectively handle or wish to handle on its own. The Association is a nonprofit organization registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

PALTA's Vision

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association envisions a Pennsylvania where people know that their treasured green places will endure. We envision a Commonwealth where the lands that guarantee our water quality are safeguarded; where outdoor recreation opportunities abound; where our productive farmlands and forests are conserved, securing our food and wood supplies; and where natural areas are protected. We envision future generations enjoying the beauty, the water, the productive lands and wildlife we enjoy today.

PALTA's Mission

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania's special places—the farms, forests, parks and other green spaces that people love—the places that help to ensure healthy, prosperous and secure communities. To increase the pace and improve the quality of land conservation work, PALTA helps land trusts and other conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, builds public understanding, and advocates for better governmental policy.

PALTA's Goals

  • Increase the pace of land conservation.
  • Improve the quality and efficiency of land conservation work.
  • Ensure that land conservation is lasting.
  • Build strong conservation organizations.
  • Raise public understanding and support for conservation.

Directors, Officers and Staff

Click here for a list of the Association's Directors, Officers and Staff.