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The mission of Little Sewickley Creek Watershed Association is to protect and conserve the natural beauty and environmental health of the Little Sewickley Creek—one of the cleanest, healthiest streams in Pennsylvania—and its watershed.

Northern Tier Regional Library seeks to provide resources that inspire, inform, educate, and entertain the public.

Paddle Without Pollution is a not-for-profit organization committed to the protection and restoration of waterways in Southwestern Pennsylvania that organizes primarily kayakers and canoeists to conduct trash pickups, assist with habitat restoration, and monitor the conditions of rivers, lakes, and streams.

This is the very first website devoted entirely to one of Allegheny County’s most intriguing places—Dead Man’s Hollow.  Here, the curious will find information ranging from the hollow’s earlier days as an industrial hub to the recent rescue of a missing hiker.  It has a unique collection of stories, tributes and photo galleries.

The mission of the Chartiers Creek Watershed Association is to enhance, protect, and develop the ecosystem of the upper Chartiers watershed in Washington County, Pennsylvania.

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state ? and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat.

The Chartiers Greenway will connect over 185,000 urban residents in the lower Chartiers Creek watershed and 78,000 rural residents in the upper watershed with recreational outdoor activities.  Boating, hiking, bird-watching, picnicing and camping will be within easy reach.

The mission of Westmoreland Land Trust is to conserve and steward lands and waters of Westmoreland County that harbor ecological, scenic or recreational qualities to offer a healthier and more sustainable future for all.

The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association is a small urban watershed located in Pittsburgh's East End.
While measuring just 6.5 square miles in area, the watershed is home to numerous exciting projects and intiatives.  Among them is the largest aquatic ecosystem restoration in the U.S. being managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Allegheny Places is the official website for the Allegheny County Comprehensive Plan. In addition to disseminating information about the plan, the site also allows resident input to the planning process.

Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Program will invest nearly $650 million over the next five years to preserve farmland and protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in State Parks; clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Named after a 200-year-old white oak tree in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, the Hollow Oak Land Trust (HOLT) acquires land for conservation and works to educate the public about the benefits of land conservation.

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is the national leader of the private land conservation movement, promoting voluntary land conservation across the country and providing resources, leadership and training to the nation’s 1,200-plus nonprofit, grassroots land trusts, helping them to protect important open spaces.

The Montour Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized, recreational rail-trail near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that will ultimately extend 47 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton. The Montour Trail Council (MTC), a non-profit all-volunteer group, builds, operates, and maintains the trail.

The mission of PennFuture is to create a just future where nature, communities and the economy thrive. They enforce environmental laws and advocate for the transformation of public policy, public opinion and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. PennFuture advances effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming; mobilizes citizens; crafts compelling communications; and provides excellent legal services and policy analysis.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is charged with maintaining and preserving the 116 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state’s ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

Pittsburgh Green Story is a web site devoted to chronicling the environmental transformation of an American industrial city. Downloadable photos, essays, and video clips cover all facets of Pittsburgh’s environmental history from clearing the air to green building to outdoor recreation.

The Scott Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the active pursuit of the appropriate use, preservation, and development of both the natural and man-made environment.

Sierra Club’s Allegheny Group was organized in the early 1970s and is one of 12 groups comprising the Pennsylvania Chapter. Members may become involved in various conservation committees that work on such issues as air quality, population, carrying capacity, oil and gas, wetlands, recycling and political education.

The South Fayette Conservation Group has been formed to ensure the conservation, protection and enhancement of the township's natural and recreational resources.

The mission of Sustainable Pittsburgh is to affect decision-making in the Pittsburgh region so that it integrates economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality. They do so by building diverse coalitions, developing measurable new indicators as a compass, and undertaking key initiatives. In their work they emphasize long term and sustained quality of life for all citizens.

USC Citizens for Land Stewardship is a grass-roots organization dedicated to conservation and stewardship of land and natural resources in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania.

Venture Outdoors (formerly Western Pennsylvania Field Institute) wants to help you find adventure in your own backyard. This non-profit organization was created to gather all the exciting things going on in the region and put them into one central web site. Check it out!

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.

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