French Creek Valley Conservancy
Founded in 1982, our mission is to promote the environmental integrity of the French Creek Watershed. We advocate for the protection of its natural resources for the aesthetic, ecological, recreational, and economic benefit of all, through land protection and education. FCVC is an accredited land trust working with willing landowners to protect the watershed, maintaining or improving the conservation values of the land. FCVC currently has more than 3,000 acres of land under permanent protection.
Programs and Services
As the local face of conservation, we work with landowners throughout the watershed who wish to voluntarily protect their properties. These protected properties help to ensure the watershed will not be adversely developed, wildlife and water quality will be preserved, and public access to recreation will be protected. We steward our properties in perpetuity, working to maintain or improve the conservation values of the land with projects like tree plantings, invasive species management, and improving riparian buffers. We also have extensive education and outreach projects, including dozens of school programs, community presentations, and our largest event, our Annual French Creek Cleanup. Each year more than 800 volunteers help us to collect garbage throughout the watershed and to complete stewardship projects at our properties.