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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: The western pennsylvania conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.

Programs: Land conservation program: this program includes land protection, land stewardship, natural heritage and conservation science. These programs focus on the conservation and restoration of the region's natural areas, as well as important farmland, historic properties and outdoor recreational resources. Western pennsylvania conservancy has helped establish ten state parks and conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands.

fallingwater administration and education program: fallingwater is frank lloyd wright's world-famous masterwork. A house that is operated as an architectural museum, fallingwater symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. Fallingwater hosts close to 175,000 visitors, including more than 10,000 students, each year. Fallingwater also provides curriculum plans for teachers to integrate into their classrooms and conducts lectures, exhibitions and tours of various kinds to help lifelong learners advance their knowledge about art, architecture and nature. Fallingwater offers on-site workshops and internships to further enhance the educational experiences available at the location.

community gardens & greenspace: this program implements high impact greening projects to promote attractive and healthy environments and livable places. Supported by strategic partners and over 12,000 volunteers, the program annually facilitates 130 community flower gardens, 31 community vegetable gardens, and 1,400 urban floral baskets and planters along city streets, implements natural green infrastructure systems to help manage storm water during wet weather conditions, and since 2008, has planted 30,000 trees in allegheny county.

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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Western Pennsylvania Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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