Conservation Landscape Summit

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Learn how communities are using their natural assets to drive local conservation, planning and community economic revitalization efforts.

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Across Pennsylvania, local communities are finding value in identifying with a regional landscape and the natural and recreational resources found there. Collective strategic investments in a larger region are paying off for local economies and citizens' quality of life.

The Conservation Landscape Summit hopes to:

  • Bring together a diverse group of partners - state and local government officials; business, conservation, economic development and tourism leaders; and recreation and trail groups - to advance regional landscape partnerships across the state.
  • Build a further understanding of and enthusiasm for packaging conservation, recreation and economic development interests in large landscapes that have significant natural resources and Commonwealth investment, i.e. parks, forests, trails and land protection.
  • Develop and share a set of best practices and policies that will support further development of a regional approach to conservation, recreation and economic development across the commonwealth.

Plenary as well as breakout sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to hear about broad policies, strategies and successes. Best practices will be highlighted through panel speakers of statewide and national prominence. The conference will be divided into four tracks that categorize topics based on an attendee's interest: tourism and economic development, land and greenway conservation, visitor experiences, and communications. A conference white paper will summarize next steps, best practices and key resources.