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Land trusts and governments may tailor their land conservation work to help both reduce carbon in the atmosphere and mitigate the harm of climate change.

From severe storms and wildfires to rising sea levels and shifting wildlife habitats, the impacts of climate change are already challenging, complicating, and altering conservation efforts on public and private lands. This guide offers links to resources that can help organizations and governments incorporate climate change considerations into their land conservation efforts and use conservation as a tool to both reduce carbon in the atmosphere and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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Nate Lotze compiled this guide.

The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association produced this guide with support from the William Penn Foundation, the Colcom Foundation, and the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.


Nothing contained in this or any other document available at is intended to be relied upon as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship. The material presented is generally provided in the context of Pennsylvania law and, depending on the subject, may have more or less applicability elsewhere. There is no guarantee that it is up to date or error free.