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Outdoor/Conservation Groups

Goldenrod and trees were planted by ClearWater Conservancy as part of a riparian buffer along a stream near Sharer Road in Harris Township in 2014.
Goldenrod and trees were planted by ClearWater Conservancy as part of a riparian buffer along a stream near Sharer Road in Harris Township in 2014. CDT file hoto

Numerous organizations are dedicated to exploring and protecting the area’s natural resources. They include:

•  10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, an alliance of those committed to promoting land-use policies that will help the state strengthen its communities,

•  The Arboretum at Penn State, 370 acres of undeveloped land next to central campus that the university set aside for conservation and education,

•  Bald Eagle Watershed Association works to protect Bald Eagle Creek and enhance life in the Bald Eagle watershed,

•  Beech Creek Watershed Association works to protect Beech Creek and enhance life in the Beech Creek watershed,

•  Centre County Agricultural Land Preservation Board preserves the county’s prime agricultural land,

•  Centre County Bassmasters promotes bass fishing,

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•  Centre County Conservation District assists individuals and organizations that benefit from the county’s natural resources,

•  Centre County Farmland Trust accepts, holds and administers conservation easements,

•  Chesapeake Bay Foundation works with government, business and others in partnerships to protect and restore the bay,

•  ClearWater Conservancy, Centre County-based land trust and natural resource conservation organization,

•  Conservation Fund Pennsylvania office conserves land and trains leaders,

•  Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl,

•  Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council promotes quality of life by restoring and protecting natural resources in north central Pennsylvania,

•  Keystone Trails Association, dedicated to preserving and protecting hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania,

•  Moshannon Creek Watershed Coalition works to improve and maintain the Moshannon Creek watershed,

•  Mount Nittany Conservancy acquires and conserves land on and around Mount Nittany,

•  National Wild Turkey Federation, a nonprofit organization that supports scientific wildlife management and wild turkey hunting. The Centre County chapter is the Nittany Valley Longbeards,

•  Nittany Grotto promotes study and protection of caves,

•  Penns Valley Conservation Association works to protect and conserve Penns Valley’s waters, farmlands and forests,

•  Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, member-based sustainable farming organization,

•  Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs aims to protect the rights and interests of sportsmen and conservationists and to protect and enhance the environment,

•  Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, dedicated to increasing the understanding of native plants and encouraging conservation efforts,

•  Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation aims to educate residents about the environment and inspire them to conserve natural resources,

• Sierra Club Moshannon Group leads outings to explore the region’s woods and waters,

•  Spring Creek Watershed Association works to protect and enhance the quality of life, environment and the economy in the Spring Creek watershed,

•  State College Bird Club offers informational programs about birds and sponsors conservation programs,

•  Susquehanna River Basin Commission manages water resources of the Susquehanna River basin,

•  Trout Unlimited, Spring Creek Chapter, dedicated to preserving and restoring the Spring Creek watershed and other Centre County streams,

•  Woodland Owners of Centre County focuses on conserving forest land,