Pennsylvania’s Conservation Landscapes: A Pioneering Model for Large Landscape Conservation and Community Revitalization
The Conservation Landscape work is value-driven and place-based. The seven unique Conservation Landscapes share a vibrant sense of place and rich natural assets. As such, DCNR prioritizes a highly collaborative process: Local organizations, in public-private partnership with DCNR, lead each effort on the ground, ensuring community engagement and empowerment. Though DCNR launched the program, the emphasis is on local partners collaborating in conservation and community revitalization.
With this program Pennsylvania has emerged as a leader in implementing landscape-scale approaches, and is pioneering a model of public investment in large landscape conservation. This session will introduce the Conservation Landscape program, underscoring the program’s history and the philosophy behind it, as well as the model DCNR has used to implement its vision. Local partners that are leading three of the Conservation Landscapes will offer specific insights and lessons learned from experiences working with this model in three different contexts across the state: the Susquehanna Riverlands, the Pennsylvania Wilds, and the South Mountain Partnership.