Our Work

Our children and grandchildren will live in a different world than we know today. In the next 50 years, demand for water, food, energy, and living space will double, and the accompanying stresses placed on the natural world will be multiplied by a changing climate.

There are four big things Pennsylvanians can do to secure the kind of future we want and contribute to the global effort to meet these challenges.

We’re blessed with a wealth of forest lands that provide habitat for nature and clean water and air, jobs, and recreation for people. We need to keep our forests intact and healthy.

We have more miles of rivers and streams than any other state in the Lower 48, waters that nourish life at home and far downstream. We need to protect and restore our rivers and streams.

We’re a global leader in energy development, powering our economy but also threatening our lands and waters and producing more greenhouse gas emissions than most countries. We need to implement smart energy and climate solutions.

And in an ever younger and more urbanized world, we need to empower nature in cities and engage the next generation of conservation leaders.

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, and we are leading the way in Pennsylvania too.

Just to give a few examples, in recent years the Pennsylvania Chapter has:

  • Completed the largest private conservation deal in Pennsylvania history.
  • Provided the science and policy recommendations to ensure there is enough water for people and nature in the almost 50,000 miles of rivers and streams in the Susquehanna River basin.
  • Published a groundbreaking study forecasting the likely cumulative impacts of shale gas development across next two decades and created innovative tools to reduce the impacts on our lands and waters.

Now we’re bringing this science-based, innovative, collaborative approach to climate action and to changing the relationship between cities and nature.

Find out more about our work and join our effort to ensure that people and nature flourish together.


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