Please contact WeConservePA at [email protected] or Carol Grayshaw at 717-230-8560 if your organization isn’t in a relevant search or listing below or if the organization’s information needs to be updated.

Notes on Groups

Land Trusts

A land trust is a charitable organization that acquires land or conservation easements, or that stewards land or easements, to achieve one or more conservation purposes. See What is a Land Trust?” for a detailed description.

In addition to this page’s basic search, WeConservePA offers two more advanced explorations of land trust service areas:

  • To see the service area of a land trust or search by address, go to WeConservePA’s land trust spatial database.
  • To conduct advanced analysis regarding a land trust’s service area and relationship to watersheds, legislative districts, and other geographic features, go to WeConservePA’s Advanced Query app.

Watershed Associations

A watershed association is a non-governmental organization whose mission focuses on protecting, restoring health to, or monitoring a specific body of water, or educating on how policies and actions in the watershed impact the water body.

In addition to this page’s basic search, WeConservePA offers two more advanced explorations of watershed association service areas:

  • To see the service area of a watershed association or search by address, go to WeConservePA’s watershed association spatial database.
  • To conduct advanced analysis regarding a watershed association’s service area and relationship to watersheds, legislative districts, and other geographic features, go to WeConservePA’s Advanced Query app.

Environmental Advisory Councils

Every PA municipality has the option to establish an Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) that may advise the municipal government on environmental matters and undertake a variety of projects.

In addition to this page’s basic search, WeConservePA offers two more advanced explorations of watershed association service areas:

  • To see the service areas of environmental advisory councils, go to WeConservePA’s environmental advisory council spatial database.
  • To conduct advanced analysis regarding an environmental advisory council’s service area and relationship to watersheds, legislative districts, and other geographic features, go to WeConservePA’s Advanced Query app.

Agricultural Land Preservation Boards

Fifty-eight PA counties have agricultural land preservation boards that purchase agricultural conservation easements on qualified, priority farms. The boards work in partnership with the Bureau of Farmland Preservation, which is housed in the PA Department of Agriculture.

Find contact information for each county agricultural land preservation board.

Trail Groups

Trail groups may build or maintain trails, or they may acquire land or hold easements on which trails are built. Their trails may be for walking, bicycling, horse-back riding, etc.

In addition to this page’s basic search, WeConservePA lets you search for trail groups using various criteria including trail type (e.g. biking or hiking).

Conservation Districts

Every PA county except Philadelphia has a conservation district. Each county conservation district tailors its services to the interests of its county. Find a District.