PA Land Trust Association
NPC accepts conservation easement donations on working farms and forests within a twelve-county coverage area. Conservation easements are permanent, and it is necessary to conduct easement inspections on a regular basis to ensure that the terms of the easement are observed. NPC has staff devoted to conducting these inspections at least once a year.
Sometimes NPC has an opportunity to conserve a property with special conservation value. When a unique property is being sold NPC may work to secure the financial backing needed to purchase the property. Generally, when NPC purchases a property, we arrange for the transfer of the property to public ownership.
There are also times when a landowner decides to donate their property to NPC. Properties that are donated may be transferred to public ownership, or sold with a conservation easement in place. NPC talks to the donating landowner about how the property will be used and who will own it prior to the landowner making the donation.
NPC works with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and county conservation districts to provide technical assistance to watershed groups on projects to stabilize stream channels, minimize sedimentation, and enhance water quality.
NPC led the effort to develop the “Lower West Branch Susquehanna River Conservation Plan.” The plan is on file with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is listed on the Pennsylvania Rivers Registry. And, as an outgrowth of this work, NPC developed the “Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch, Stewardship and Conservation Plan” in 2009.
NPC also took an active role in developing the “Pine Creek Watershed Rivers Conservation Plan.”