Leading the Protection of the Lehigh River Watershed

Honored to be selected by William Penn Foundation for unprecedented effort

In April 2014, Wildlands Conservancy was selected by the William Penn Foundation to lead a consortium of 14 conservation organizations in an unprecedented effort to protect the Lehigh River watershed, and ultimately the quality of the Delaware River.

Part of the William Penn Foundation’s larger Delaware River protection and restoration effort, this project is previously unparalleled in its scope and strategic vision. As the local lead, Wildlands will focus on the permanent protection of  thousands of acres of the highest priority forests and wetlands in the upper Lehigh watershed.

“Permanent preservation of our remaining forests and wetlands is absolutely critical to the protection of our water quality,” says Dr. Abigail Pattishall, vice president of conservation at Wildlands. “The William Penn Foundation has shown that they understand the enormity of our challenge, and their unprecedented level of support is going to allow Wildlands Conservancy and our partners to make some very exciting, big-impact land conservation projects a reality.”

Additionally, Wildands’ conservation work will extend beyond land protection to include working with local municipalities and counties through land use regulations and local conservation programs.