Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Conservation Blueprint

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s “Conservation Blueprint” portrays regional native conservation targets and prioritizes the most important opportunities for protecting and restoring native plants, animals, habitats, and ecosystems. The Blueprint is intended to identify the areas where conservation planning should be focused and comprises:

• All native species and natural communities
• Significant forested areas that represent forest diversity, integrity and viability;
• The most important or exemplary aquatic ecosystems
• Large ecosystem, landscape and watershed level priorities

Coarse- and fine-filter approaches are used to capture all of these conservation targets, with priority given to the role that Pennsylvania can play in the stewardship of global biodiversity. Maintaining the Blueprint is an ongoing process with new data and concepts utilized to update the effort as needed.

Read more about WPC's work to preserve priority landscapes.

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