Conservation Landscapes

Throughout the commonwealth, large regions are working together to drive strategic investment and actions around sustainability, conservation, community revitalization, and recreational projects. Known as conservation landscapes, these collaborations are developing in landscapes where there are strong natural assets, local readiness and buy-in, and state-level investment support. Several state agencies, local governments, funders and non-profits have worked strategically and collaboratively on the ground for several years in seven landscapes to develop this value-driven, place-based approach.


About Conservation Landscapes

Learn about how these distinct regions of the state work collaboratively to promote conservation, sustainability and community revitalization.



Shortly after DCNR began its integrated approach to the management, conservation and development of important landscapes, it began documenting progress and successes.



Pennsylvania Wilds

The largest and most advanced of the seven conservation landscapes is the Pennsylvania Wilds, a 12-county region in northcentral and northwestern Pennsylvania focused on the significant outdoor experiences available in the region.


Laurel Highlands

Located an hour east of Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands is defined by three Allegheny Plateau ridges (the Chestnut, Laurel and Allegheny) and portions of several watersheds.



Pocono Forests and Waters

The Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape, covering two distinct areas in Pike, Monroe, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne and Carbon counties, is working to protect its treasured lands and rich and diverse past.


Susquehanna Riverlands

Located in Lancaster and York counties, the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape strives to conserve and protect the greenway corridor of river lands along the Susquehanna River.



Lehigh Valley Greenways

Located in Lehigh and Northampton counties, Lehigh Valley Greenways is using greenways and trails to connect natural and cultural resources across the Lehigh Valley linking urban areas to outdoor experiences, protecting watersheds, and retaining the character of the landscape, the region’s heritage and the community.


Schuylkill Highlands

Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lebanon, Lancaster, Lehigh and Montgomery counties contain some of the state’s most populated communities. The Schuylkill Highlands region aims to link these communities via trails and  special protected areas.



South Mountain

South Mountain is a timeless treasure of natural, aesthetic, historic, cultural, community, agricultural and recreational resources in southcentral Pennsylvania.