Those of us who live, work or play in northwestern Pennsylvania have the pleasure of viewing the beautiful
scenery, fishing, swimming, kayaking or canoeing on French Creek or the Allegheny River, hunting in the great
woods, and enjoying the wildlife.
The Allegheny Valley Conservancy is a non-profit land trust that seeks, among
other goals, to protect the watersheds of the Allegheny River and French Creek, and to preserve, protect and
maintain open space in the region. We use two principle tools: the conservation easement (see sidebar) or ownership
of properties within these watersheds.
Our Conservancy, celebrating its tenth year, has had amazing success in securing several conservation easements that
currently protect more than 840 acres in Venango County. These easements protect some of the most important, scenic and
valuable places in the county.
We can't continue to do this without your help. The Conservancy is now able to accept members, and
we ask you to consider joining us. Your membership will come with several benefits:
- Your contribution to the preservation of the ecologically-valuable open and wild spaces in
- Your contribution to increasing public canoe and kayak access within the watersheds of the
Allegheny River and French Creek;
- An annual newsletter;
- An invitation to Conservancy events and activities.
Other reasons you should support the Allegheny Valley Conservancy:
- We are local volunteers dedicated to working within our region:
- We are linked with other like-minded groups in the region, including the Allegheny Valley
Trails Association, the French Creek Valley Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, the
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association;
- We are seeking accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance;
- We work to help land owners in the region to protect their lands and limit development;
- We seek to educate the public about the value of the resources that we seek to preserve,
protect and maintain in these watersheds.
With your help, we can continue to work on your behalf in northwestern Pennsylvania. Please consider
joining the Allegheny Valley Conservancy, by completing and submitting the form below. If you have
questions, would like to visit one of our properties, or would like to talk with us about preserving your
property, please contact us through our website at www.avc-pa.org, write us at P. O. Box 96, Franklin, PA
16323, or contact Greenways Coordinator Deb Frawley at 814-677-3152 ext. 116.
What is a Conservation Easement?
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A conservation easement is a permanent and binding legal agreement between a land owner and a land trust
that offers significant benefits to both. The easement is established to protect the land from specified types
of future activity, development or construction in order to preserve its natural beauty or significance. For
instance, a land owner may wish to restrict the construction of enclosed buildings and/or the timbering,
drilling, excavating, subdividing, and developing, while still being able to live on and use the land. The
easement specifies the activities that the land owners are restricting, to protect the land, and the land trust
agrees to enforce the protection of their land. Land owners may retain the ownership of their land while
placing an easement upon it.
In most cases, these easements are perpetual, and the restrictions created through the easement will remain
with the land forever. Subsequent owners of the land must also abide by the details of the easement. Many
land owners select an easement in order to protect land that has been in their families for generations. The
easement can also create financial benefits. For instance the difference in the fair market value of the land
before and then after the creation of the easements is viewed as a tax-deductible charitable gift.
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