Conservation Planning

 

SW ChesCo Ag Area
SW ChesCo Ag Area
Home to some of the best agricultural land anywhere, southwestern Chester County also shelters an important cultural landscape in Pennsylvania, reflecting a distinctive and historic rural heritage. Homesteads of the Old Order Amish and Amish Mennonites, interspersed with "English" farms, imbue this working landscape with a unique charm. The region is also blessed with abundant natural resources, including exceptional and high value streams, rare plant habitat, and notable areas such ... [+]Read More

Bucksmont
Bucksmont
Running from the Pennsylvania-Maryland border to northern Connecticut, the four-state Highlands region is a federally designated target for land conservation efforts. Within Pennsylvania, the Highlands landscape in northern Montgomery and Bucks counties is a conservation area of extensive and varied terrain, covering an area of 196,000 acres. Encompassing stony cliffs, scenic riverways, key wildlife habitat sites, game lands, parks as well as farms, the BucksMont Highlands offers many scenic and ... [+]Read More

Hopewell
Hopewell
The last large forest left in southeastern Pennsylvania, Hopewell Big Woods is one of the most important natural habitat areas in this region. With hundreds of plant and bird species, pristine forest, unique swamps, and high value streams, Hopewell Big Woods is an exceptional resource. This conservation area, which encircles French Creek State Park and the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, is also greatly valued as an asset for public ... [+]Read More

NJ Highlands
NJ Highlands
The New Jersey Highlands is the core conservation corridor within the four state, federally designated Highlands region stretching from southern Pennsylvania to Connecticut. The Highlands is a rugged terrain of forested hills which provide much of the water supply for the metropolitan areas of New York and Philadelphia. This biologically rich area also provides an important recreational resource for millions of inhabitants and visitors. Land use changes in the Highlands ... [+]Read More

Pennypack
Pennypack
The Pennypack Greenway is a wooded oasis in a highly built-out setting at the margins of Philadelphia. Encompassing three protected areas within both Philadelphia and Montgomery counties (the Pennypack Park, Lorimer Park, and the Pennypack Preserve), the Pennypack watershed houses over 2600 acres of publicly accessible protected lands. Conservation challenges for the Pennypack include determining how to best manage the existing resources as well as enhancing the future potential of ... [+]Read More

Southwest Florida
Southwest Florida
One of the most distinctive and recognizable ecosystems on the planet, the Florida Everglades epitomizes the fragility of natural habitats threatened by the development pressures. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has long been a leader in the protection of Everglades habitat and is well respected for its leadership in scientific research, policy initiatives, and education. For four decades, the Conservancy has protected critical environmental areas, educated the public and government ... [+]Read More

Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas
A global initiative to reverse dangerous declines in bird populations, the Important Bird Area (IBA) Program is combating the most serious threats to wild bird populations around the world. With a focus on critical habitat areas, the IBA program targets the protection of a worldwide network of sites of special conservation significance, sites where habitat losses and forest fragmentation threaten essential flyways and nesting and roosting areas. ... [+]Read More