Land trusts protected Pennsylvania’s special places and landscapes at an extraordinary pace this last decade. In fact, the past ten years account for 39% of the acreage ever conserved by land trusts. In its most recent biennial census, the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association also found that, between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013, Pennsylvania land trusts:
- protected 71 acres per day;
- protected 406 square miles, equivalent to the combined land mass of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown and Delaware County;
- increased the acreage protected by conservation easements by 98%;
- increased the acreage owned in fee by 136%;
- and increased the acreage reconveyed to governments by 37%.